Dcn. Richard is a native of Mendenhall. He holds a B.S. in Education from Mississippi State University. He pursued his theological education at Wesley Biblical Seminary and Millsaps. Dcn. Richard worked for Rankin County Public Schools and Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services before entering pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church. He was licensed as a pastor and served several rural churches from 1996-2006. In 2006 he was ordained deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church. He has served St. Stephen’s faithfully since.