Richard is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of Carson Newman University (B.A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D. Min). He has served churches in Signal Mountain, TN, Franklin, VA, and most recently New Hope Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.
His wife Pam is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and works in Nash County. They have four adult children: Daniel married to Laura and lives in Atlanta, Lauren and Hannah live in Brier Creek, and Tyler in north Raleigh.
Richard enjoys spending time with family, traveling and sports. He currently serves on the board of the BNG Baptist News Global an independent Baptist news agency founded in 2014 as a merger of Associated Baptist Press (ABP) and the Religious Herald, which was founded in 1828.