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Richard was born near Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Southeastern Ohio. His family was nomadic, as far as church attendance went, while he was growing up and he thus has a very ecumenical background. In 1986 he graduated from South Side High School in Hookstown, PA. He then attended Clarion University of PA where, in 1991, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He completed Licensing School in August 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Course of Study School of Ohio.
Beginning in 2002 he served a few years as the Youth Leader at Fairview United Methodist Church in Erie County. He has previously served in audio/visual ministries at various churches over the years. He has also served as Administrative Assistant at Christ and Trinity UMCs in Erie, PA.
He is married to Leslie; they have 9 children and 11 grandchildren. They are a team in every possible way and enjoy spending devotional time together. They believe that sharing that time with God draws them closer to Him and to each other.