Richard has been the Senior Pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington since 1995. Richard teaches with the vision of "making the invisible God visible" by calling people to acts of service and blessing.
As International Bible Teacher with Torchbearers Fellowship, Richard is passionate about helping people live their lives fully, as the beautiful adventure it's intended to be. He teaches in Europe, North America, Central America, and Asia, pouring his life into students from dozens of nations.
He’s the author of The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love, The Map is Not the Journey: Faith Renewed while Hiking the Alps, and a new release of his first book, O2, as Breathing New Life into Faith: Ancient Spiritual Practices for the 21st Century.
Father of three grown children, you’ll often find he and his wife Donna hiking, skiing or climbing together in the mountains east of Seattle. In the early hours of the morning, you'll find Richard having 'coffee with God', either outside amidst the fir trees, or in his home office, which contains a climbing wall.
I have been a resident of Warminster, PA for most of my life. My faith in Christ developed at a young age, but I did not understand what it meant to follow Him till eighth grade. Even then I had my ups and downs, but by twelfth grade I knew I wanted to serve Him in ministry. After graduating from Messiah College with a degree in Christian Ministries God opened a door for me to pursue a music career in Nashville, TN. My success was limited, but the experience will never be regretted (I still have copies of my demo cd if you would like one). During my time in Nashville I realized my true calling was church ministry. My wife Emily and I have four children Jackson, Lily, Evie and Cayden. Beyond loving the chance to help teens at Sandy Cove I enjoy exercising, scuba diving and wearing my Orange Crush tank top when the weather is warm.