Richard lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, Meri. Richard has served as lead pastor of 6 churches ranging from 300 to 5000 members in the Atlanta area over the past 34 years. He came home to Alabama in 2015 to be the Executive Director of New Church Development for the North Alabama Annual Conference. His ministry now is recruiting and training pastors and leaders to start new churches and faith communities.
Richard works with district and local church leaders all across North Alabama to start new worship services in existing churches, to restart closed churches and initiates and oversees new church starts and Fresh Expressions in warehouses, coffee shops, schools and community centers. His office has also been instrumental in starting over 37 Celebrate Recovery ministries in North Alabama. In total, the NAC now has 119 new faith communities started in the last 3 years.
Richard spent his sabbatical the summer of 2017 visiting Fresh Expressions of church in the USA and England. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Parish Revitalization. He is a Master Teacher in the International Leadership Institute and has taught leaders in 5 countries.
Richard has a passion for raising up future leaders for the church’s work in fulfilling the Great Commission. He has mentored 30 people that are now in full-time ministry and has coached numerous individuals who are church leaders and pastors.
Richard finds great satisfaction is seeing people rise to their potential and use the spiritual gifts God has given them.