Rich grew up as a TEAM MK in Zimbabwe and came to faith in Jesus as a young boy. Through his teen years God was tugging his heart toward full time Christian service so with that in mind he attended Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey, USA. During those college years through diverse exposure to and involvement in missions God confirmed in Rich that he should return to the mission field. About that time God brought Anne back into his life. Anne, an Australian MK from DR Congo, and Rich had not seen each other for 5 years since high school days in Zimbabwe but by God’s gracious providence their paths crossed again and their friendship was rekindled. Two and a half years later they were married in Australia and after finishing seminary in Denver they began preparations for heading to Chad as career missionaries with TEAM. They arrived in Chad in October 1988. God has blessed them with 4 wonderful children, 2 amazing daughters-in-law and 3 very precious grand-daughters.
Ministry Area Leader
Most of Rich’s years in Chad have been spent in working with men who are already in church leadership. Using a local vernacular language, Nangjere, Rich taught Bible to these pastors and elders through seminars, classes and itinerant preaching. In the early 2000?s Rich focused his teaching on the use of the New Tribes Mission materials called Building on Firm Foundations ? a chronological presentation of God and the gospel revealed from the Old Testament through to the New Testament. After several years in Chad, Rich began to help with leadership for the TEAM Chad ministry area. In 2008 he was asked to take over the position of leader for TEAM Chad. This has been his focus since then as he works with TEAM missionaries in multiple ministry initiatives around the country, helps build ministry area vision and strategy and continues to nurture a healthy relationship with our partner church in Chad, the Evangelical Church of Chad.
Primary Prayer Request:
Pray that God would give much wisdom and grace for leading our TEAM Chad ministry area in these days of great opportunity and challenge.