Richard C. Resch, M.Mus.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Co-Director of Good Shepherd Institute


Richard C. Resch is a native of Rochester, New York. Kantor Resch graduated from Valparaiso University (B.Mus.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M.), and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne (M.Div.).

His organ study began in the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department and then continued with the following organ professors: Paul Bunjes, Charles Ore, Philip Gehring, Russell Saunders, and David Craighead. He studied hymnology with Theodore Hoelty-Nickel and M. Alfred Bichsel and composition with Richard Wienhorst.

He is Kantor and Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary. In 1978, he founded the Seminary Kantorei and has since traveled and recorded six CDs with this choir. In 1999, he became director of the Seminary's Schola Cantorum. In 2000, he became the Co-Director of the Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. Reverend Resch is also the Kantor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

He served on Synod's Commission on Worship from 1992–2001 and as Chairman from 1998–2001. He served on the LCMS Hymnody Committee for Lutheran Service Book. He was the Executive Producer and Narrator of The Good Shepherd Institute’s DVD “Singing the Faith: Living the Lutheran Musical Heritage” (2008).  Kantor Resch is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning the relationship between theology and practice, as well as matters of church music.

Collected Writings

Devotional Writings

The Theology of the Cross in Paul Gerhardt's Hymns —Good Shepherd Institute Journal, 2007
Luther’s Hymns: Psalms, Canticle and Newly Composed – Good Shepherd Insitute Journal 2005
Hymns in the Life of the Church: Defining Our Singing Together – Good Shepherd Institute Journal 2003
Music in the Divine Service: Propers and Proclamation – Good Shepherd Institute Journal 2001
The Gift of the Church's Song: Sacred Music as Healing and Comfort – Good Shepherd Institute Journal – Fall 2001
Seminary Life: A Time of Learning, Praying, and Singing Together – Cross Accent – Fall 2001


"Infant Holy"
"My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord"
"O Sing Unto the Lord"
"Through the Church Year"
"With Angels and Archangels"
"Hymns of Comfort and Peace: Hearing God’s Promises in Times of Need"

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"Sing With All The Saints"
"O Lord, Open My Lips"
"And My Mouth Will Declare Your Praise"
"With High Delight"
"Sing With All the Saints"

"Cramer and Resch at KRAMER"