Co-Curator - Rich Sander
Rich co-founded the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation (formerly known as Uffizi Order) in 2005. SB ACT exists to equip the community to lovingly engage the marginalized, while actively working for the betterment of their physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental needs. Past and current programs include helping to establish Common Ground Santa Barbara County in 2012 by piloting the first all-volunteer outreach team for those experiencing homelessness, leading a collaborative of churches from varying backgrounds in tutoring, mentoring, and coordinating programs for youth on the City of Santa Barbara’s Westside, and convening cross-sector healthcare professionals and advocates to improve healthcare and education for the Westside’s underserved populations. Rich oversees strategy, program planning and evaluation, finance, fundraising and communications for SB ACT.
Rich was a Religious Studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also pursued studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and decided to explore non-traditional models of gathering and ministry. Drawing from orthodoxy, he determined to seek alternative structures of missional lifestyles and mature “ecclesia." Rich joined the Free Methodist church in 2012. In May 2016, Rich was appointed lead pastor of Pueblo Free Methodist, a community focused on racial reconciliation and social justice. In partnership with the Way Collective, and leadership from the Pueblo community, Pueblo Free Methodist Church joined the Way Collective in January 2019. As for Rich, his deepest ambition is that he would learn to love, and love well.