Husband to Regina for 42 years, they have one daughter, Amanda, and enjoy being grandparents of Andrew, Anna and Aaron. Regina is a manager with Emory Health Care in LaGrange.
As a vocational church planter, in 1979 Richard pioneered Courts of Praise Christian Center in Georgia and served into its 10th year. In ’89, he accepted a faculty position with Christ For The Nations Institute of Biblical Studies in Dallas, Texas. This allowed him to serve as Dean of Students and professor of New Testament during his 17 yrs of full-time and adjunct tenure.
In May of ’95, during his CFNI days, he led a team to plant Redeemed Community in the inner City of Dallas, Texas. He served the multi-racial congregation into it’s 10th year.
He earned a Master of Religious Education from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his Doctorate in Practical Theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana.