Richard pioneered and now coordinates our International Training Centre. A former Civil Servant, Richard trained as a Methodist Minister (1965-9) in Leeds and Bristol before preparing for service overseas, at Selly Oak, in Birmingham. He and his medical wife Carole served in Sierra Leone for 10 years (1969-79) before he returned to lead churches to growth in Bristol, Bramhall (Stockport), and Ashton-under-Lyne for the next 20 years. Richard came to Cliff College as Postgraduate Tutor in 2000. He was inspired in 2001 on an official visit to post-conflict Sierra Leone to set up the CCITC. In association with our partner churches, we now provide training for hundreds of students overseas in Sierra Leone and Nigeria (see reports under ITC).
Richard’s own experience of studying whilst in full-time ministry has served him (and us) well, both during his time in the Postgraduate Department and since his official ‘retirement’ in 2005, as he continues to coordinate this exciting and innovative programme.