Meet Richard

Richard is a Cornishman, born in Truro, and as a young child lived in Helston and Porthleven. His father was in the Royal Navy, so as a family they moved to Scotland, then to Somerset.  Over the last 11 years he and his long-term partner of 12 years have lived on the Roseland. They have a dog called daisy and a cat called Ted.

As someone who experienced first hand the hurtful exclusion of the church, he is passionate about sharing the Good News that Jesus accepts everyone as they are. His favourite verses from scripture are from Romans, ‘since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’. 

Richard’s relationship with the church started from an early age, singing in the choir at St Bartholomew’s, Porthleven, then at St Bartholomew’s, Crewkerne. At school Richard developed an interest in agriculture and horticulture. From the age of 14 his first weekend job was on the local pig farm. During his summer holidays he worked at a local dairy farm. He went on to complete an apprenticeship at Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park before studying Horticulture at Cannington College. 

Richard’s faith developed and at the age of 14 made his decision to follow Jesus. Through the local Youth Church, he attended the Billy Graham events in Bristol, Spring Harvest at Minehead and Greenbelt. It was at Spring Harvest where Richard was first called into ministry. Disillusioned with the church, Richard pursued a career in social work. In 1996 he obtained a BA(Hons) Social Work, after which he had a successful career working with children and their families. On returning to Cornwall in 2007, Richard left social work and pursued other interests. 

Richard started his journey towards Ordination at St Gerrans Church on the Roseland, under the guidance of the Rev Jill Edwards. During his time there he was actively involved within the church, taking a lead of various projects including the very successful ‘Tide Fight’ and ‘Messy Church in School’. Over the last three years, he has been at St John’s and St George’s under the guidance of Fr Chris Epps. Whilst maintaining a full time job, Richard undertook theological training with South West Ministry Training Course, attending evening classes and weekend residential. 

On the 29th June, he will be ordained deacon, serving his curacy with Fr. Simon Bone within the Eight Saints Cluster.