Pastor Richard began his ministry with St. John’s on April 1, 2014 (no joke), having served congregations in Arizona, Colorado, and California. We share his ministry with Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Diego where he has served since 1992.
Pastor Richard was ordained in 1981. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. He did his undergraduate work at Chapman University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 2018, Pastor Richard became the Rev. Dr. Richard after completing a doctorate in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
His greatest joys in ministry are teaching and worship.
Pastor Richard is married to Tracy. Tracy was born on a U.S. military base in Asmara, Ethiopia (now Eritrea), but claims Boston as home. Together they have four grown children and four grandchildren, scattered from Bend, Oregon to San Diego.
When he has time off, Pastor Richard likes to gardening (he is hoping to have his backyard recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® one day) and read (he collects parodies & pastiches of Sherlock Holmes). He also enjoys traveling and thrift store shopping with Tracy.