129 South Lotus Avenue 
Pasadena, Ca 91107
(626) 796-8378
Richard (at) intothyword.com



Seeking long-term Pastoral Ministry position using proven teaching, servant leadership, interpersonal, organizational and counseling skills directed toward a Christ centered church. I am that guy, who loves to Serve Christ and solve those thorny touchy problems.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Veteran Pastor with over 20+ years of proven effective servant leadership and experience
  • Bible teacher teaching God’s Word with power, conviction, clarity, truth and in love with care
  • Doctorate in Practical Theology- yes theology can be practical
  • Personally Discipled by Francis A. Schaeffer (really-nepotism)
  • Master of Divinity concentrations in Christian Formation and Discipleship
  • Counselor, listener and healer of the heart, excellent people loving, caring, listening, and relating skills
  • Co-Founder and Director of Into Thy Word Ministries
  • Researcher and writer for the Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development
  • Writer of books, curriculum, discipleship, and small group materials
  • Led scores of mission trips to Mexico, Europe, India, Russia and student trips to Washington D.C.
  • Conference and camp speaker, taught and facilitated seminars from Inductive Bible to Internet
  • One of the original developers of the “Purpose Driven” model of ministry
  • Ordination with the International Fellowship of Ministers, formally with the Christian Reformed Church
  • Committed Prayer Warrior, devoted Spiritual Growth, living out God’s Will in society, and integrity
  • Visionary with Proven Leadership skills with passion to teach and heal

Professional Experience

Into Thy Word Ministries, Pasadena, California         2001-Present

Director – Pastor Trainer

Co-Founder and operator (1978- 1997 PT, 2001-present FT) of international ministry that does Inductive Bible Study seminars and trains pastors overseas, provides discipleship and Spiritual Formation tools. This is a faith-based ministry, which operates through Missionaries as well as through the Web and seminars.

Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena California           1987-1993, 2001-Present

Small Groups, Pastor at Large, Missionary (PT)             

  • Teach and pastor a large church within a church “Network” and “Journey.” Developed small groups, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship , leadership training, mission trips and taught Bible studies, Urban Servants Community

Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Visalia, California       1998-2001

Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

  • Trained and Discipled High School, Junior High and Young Adult Groups. Small group ministry. Preached twice a month. Performed general pastoral duties.

First Presbyterian Church, Westminster, California           1994-1998

Director of Youth Ministries

  • Grew youth program from 3 to over 100, implemented inner-city outreach, tutoring and after school program, family ministries, counseling, preaching, general pastoral duties, led large events for Presbytery

Glendale Community, La Canada, California                  1991-1994

Church Planter/ Pastor  Implemented a new church development that grew with small groups

Charles E. Fuller Institute of Church Growth, Pasadena, California   1989-1994

Church Growth Consultant

Taught advanced church growth techniques, problem solving, co-developed “Purpose Driven Ministry”, seminar writer, two years of intense training, ghost wrote

Bank of America, Pasadena, California                           1986-1990

Corporate Headquarters Customer Service Trainer/ Manager

  • Developed Customer Services for new products, interfaced with Corporate. Consultant, 1990- 1994

Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership, Carmel, California  1978-present

Researcher and Writer (P.T)

  • Conducted research on Church Trends, Biblical Precepts, think-tank, Bible Literacy Project.

All Saint Episcopal Church, Carmel, California                         1978-1986

Youth Minister and Assistant Diocesan Youth Coordinator for 45 churches

Campus Crusade for Christ, San Jose, California                 1983-1985

Staff Bible studies leader and activities coordinator, KC 83

Young Life, Monterey, California                                          1978-1983

Campaigners Leader  


Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology (Ph.D.), 2004, London England

Concentrations: Christian Formation and Discipleship; Dissertation: Exegetical Concepts of Stewardship

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1991,

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California

Concentrations: Christian Formation and Discipleship, Church Growth, Counseling (originally in the Psy.D. program), Youth Ministry, Cross Cultural Communication

Bachelor of Arts, 1985,

Psychology and Religious Studies, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

Concentrations: Humanities, Biochemistry (Pre Med.)

Associate of Arts, 1983,

Business and Computer Science, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California

MBA, 1986 (not completed) in Marketing, Michael Thomas- Harvard University Extension, San Mateo, California


  • New Exodus, Publish America, 2008
  • Network, Writers Club Press, 2006
  • The Field Guide to Healthy Relationships, Publish America, 2005
  • Into Thy Word, 1986 Here’s Life Publishers, revised 2000 Writers Club Press
  • Finding God’s Will for your Life, 1998, Presto Publications
  • Numerous articles, other books and curriculums 


Married to the Beautiful MaryRuth (Proverbs 31) September 23, 1995, one precious child Ryan, 4!

References Available Upon Request


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