Richard H. Schleicher was born on February 21, 1950 in Bay City, MI, the second child of Henry and Cordula Schleicher. He attended his congregation’s Lutheran Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran, graduating in 1964.
He enrolled at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw to begin studying for the pastoral ministry, graduating in 1968. During his high school years his widowed mother sold the family home in Bay City and moved into an apartment in Saginaw.
Northwestern College in Watertown, WI was the next step in his educational journey to the ministry which culminated in his graduation in 1972. While at college he worked as a ward parent at Bethesda Lutheran Home, a residential facility for the mentally challenged. There he met another employee, a former Doctor Martin Luther College student, Dorothy Werner. They were united in marriage in June of 1973 after Pastor’s first year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary was completed.
Pastor Schleicher attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary from 1972-1976 which included a year as a vicar at St. Stephen Lutheran Church of Adrian, MI. Upon graduation he was called to serve a new mission congregation in Merrillville (Crown Point), IN. While there the congregation purchased property, built a parsonage and put a relocatable chapel on the property.
In December 1979 he received a divine call from St. Paul Lutheran Church of Nashua (Amherst), NH which he accepted. The congregation there was about to purchase a vacated bank property and remodel the building to serve as a worship, education and fellowship facility. To the best of his knowledge, this is the only WELS church to have a night depository. During his 13 years as pastor there, they also constructed a full sized worship addition to the bank property.
During their years in New Hampshire, the Lord blessed the Schleichers with five children: Robert, Jennifer, Kristina, Michael and Katie.
In 1993 Pastor accepted the call of King of Kings Lutheran Church at Clifton Park (Albany), NY. While serving at Amherst and Clifton Park, Pastor Schleicher also served as Chairman of the North Atlantic District Mission Board, a position he held for 11 years.
In October 1999 Pastor was called by Prince of Peace Lutheran of Flower Mound, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth). The family moved to Texas in November of 1999. In June of 2000, Pastor was elected by the Synodical Council to serve on the Church Extension Fund Board of Directors (CEF). He became Chairman of the Board and completed 12 years of service on the CEF Board.
While in Texas his wife, Dorothy, passed away after suffering a major heart attack in July 2005. In June 2007, Pastor married Ellen Heimann. She has four children: Mark, Jonathan, Robin and Jennifer. Robin passed away suddenly in 2003 after gall bladder surgery and Ellen has custody of her granddaughter, Caitlyn, who lives with them in Palm Coast.
Pastor Schleicher retired from the full-time ministry in mid-April of 2012. He and Ellen purchased a home in Palm Coast, Florida. In his retirement he has served vacancy calls at Keystone Heights, FL, Charlotte, NC, Lincoln and Mio, MI and now at Dix Hills. NY.