Richard graduated from Tennessee Technological University earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1987. He worked 10 years for Arthur Andersen, an international accounting firm, as a Senior Manager with a focus on audit and risk management service lines for U.S. clients in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, government and healthcare. Additionally, he held leadership roles in various industries over the span of six years including banking and healthcare technology. He also co-founded a Nashville-based recruiting firm serving as a partner in the firm for six years. Richard has enjoyed serving on various for-profit and not-for-profit advisory boards.
Richard and his family joined Fellowship in 1999. He has served as an elder since 2004 and joined staff in January of 2010 as Executive Pastor. Richard currently leads the Administration and Support teams at Fellowship that encompass Communications and Media, Building and Grounds, IT, Accounting, Payroll and Human Resources, and Pastoral Care. Richard also serves on the Leadership Team. Richard is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (inactive).
Richard resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife of 27 years, Kari. They have six children: Levi (25, married to Rachel), Jacob (24), Okland (21), Samuel (18), Aaron (13) and Tosin (12).