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Richard joined Upstate Forever in 2021 after serving two previous careers in the Textile Industry and in Ministry with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A lifelong resident of Spartanburg, Richard has spent most of his life in the outdoors of the Upstate hunting, fishing, canoeing, and camping. Much of that time centered on his family’s ancestral farm located on the Broad River near Lockhart. A graduate of the Outward Bound School, he also enjoys backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After graduating from Presbyterian College, Richard spent a number of years in Sales and Marketing working for traditional and niche textile manufacturers. In 2008, he transitioned to seminary and obtained his Masters of Divinity before serving churches in Southwest Georgia and York County, SC. Eventually, it was Richard’s love of the land and his concern for our stewardship of it that led him to Upstate Forever, and he is excited to put his talents in building relationships towards Upstate Forever’s mission.
Richard and his wife, Shay, both share Spartanburg as their hometown and are excited to be moving back there to live. They have three children, all in various stages of early adulthood, who remind them daily that time never stands still. In his spare time, Richard enjoys working in the yard, spending time in various outdoor activities, reading, and playing guitar.