More From Pastor Richard:
I was saved and baptized June 5, 1977 at the age of 23. In February of 1981, I was called of God to ministry. I enrolled at Arlington Baptist College, Arlington Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and Business Administration.
My first pastorate was at Brookshire Avenue Baptist Church in Azle, Texas, where I was licensed and ordained (1983). I was called next to First Baptist Church of Lakeside, Lakeside, Texas (1985), as Children's Minister. In 1987, I was called to Midway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas as Minister of Education and later as their Interim Pastor.
While pursing my Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I felt a call into military chaplaincy. After the completion of my Masters Degree, I was selected for an appointment in Chaplaincy by both the North American Missions Board of the the Southern Baptist Convention and the U.S. Navy.
I have served in a variety of commands while in the Navy Chaplain Corps. I served as Command Chaplain aboard three ships, a Naval Special Warfare Command, a Marine Corps Air Group, Naval Support Command in Crete, Greece, and Norfolk's Submarine Support Command. I retired in 2005 after serving twenty years in the Navy. Before retiring the Lord called me to serve as pastor at Salem Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia (2005-2009).
I have served as Pastor at Elizabeth River Baptist Church since 2010.
My wife, Deborah, and I have two adult daughters.