Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford, MDIV, DMIN, Bio

Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford serves as regional vice president for the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. He is an ordained elder in The South Georgia Annual Conference and has served appointments at Mansfield UMC (North Georgia), Pitts Chapel UMC, and Centenary UMC. During his ministry, he has held various roles including youth/associate pastor, student local pastor, and senior pastor. He has also served as president of The Foundation for The Methodist Home in South Georgia, and most recently, as the North Central District Superintendent.

Dr. Lanford received an associate's degree from Oxford College and a bachelor's degree in psychology and religion from Emory University. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary.

He was born and raised in Rutland Community, just south of Macon, and has lived in South Georgia his entire life. Nurtured in the faith at Liberty UMC and Riverside UMC in Macon, he knew from an early age that God was working in his life.

Dr. Lanford serves on numerous boards and agencies including The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, Wesley Glen Ministries, the Macon-Bibb County Law Enforcement Foundation, the Georgia’s Peace Officers Association Foundation, and as a local advisory board member for One South Bank. He enjoys teaching, preaching, and motivational speaking to churches, camp meeting services, schools, colleges, and civic groups.

He currently serves as the Senior Law Enforcement Chaplain for Homeland Security under the Office of the Governor and Chief Chaplain for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Bibb/Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Lanford is an avid outdoorsman and loves quail hunting and bass/fly fishing. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, and their three daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.