It was through the influence of Godly parents and through the faithful ministry of his church, Willowdale Baptist, Toronto, that Richard surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 8 years old. Years later, sensing God's call on his life he enrolled at Central Baptist Seminary (now Heritage Baptist College) and completed his B.Th. in 1980. Richard, along with his wife Brenda, served for over four years at Dovercourt Baptist Church in Toronto, where cross-cultural experiences were common.
Brenda came to faith at camp at the age of 16. Later she attended Central Baptist Seminary, earning a L.Th. degree. During a Christmas campaign with Operation Mobilization in Mexico, she caught a vision for missions, a vision that would be shared by her husband-to-be.
As a married couple, during their years of ministry at Dovercourt, both felt compelled of God to pursue missions and in time discerned the Lord leading them to overseas ministries with Fellowship International.
In 1985 Richard and Brenda along with their two young children left for France where they worked for the next 15 years as church planters. Situated just east of Paris, they saw two churches established with French leadership in place before returning to Canada in 2000 in order for Richard to begin his new ministry as Director of Fellowship International. Their overseas travels gave them a front row seat to witness what God was doing in many different settings around the world.
Then in 2010 Richard and Brenda moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to work with church leadership from several different denominations where they currently serve as mission coaches. Their work consists of assisting church associations as they put into place their own mission sending and missionary training structures. While the majority of their work presently is in the Congo, their vision is to see this extend to other church groups throughout Central Francophone Africa. Due to extensive poverty in many of these countries, the challenges are many. Their ultimate goal, after having trained and empowered Francophone African church associations to do missions the African way and with African means, is to see these churches reach the more than one thousand unreached people groups in Africa.