Lee Richards joined the staff of Phoenix Seminary in 2004 after working as a campus minister with a college ministry. Since 2006 he has served as the Registrar and in this role he is the primary academic advising contact for students, helping them to navigate the path from their first semester through graduation. He is always looking for ways to improve the Seminary’s ability to meet the needs of students. Mr. Richards is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry.
What else do we know about Mr. Richards?
Hometown: Zion, Illinois (more specifically, unincorporated Newport Township).
Spouse: Becca; Children: Nathanael
Church: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix
A Favorite Bible verse: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Favorite food: Chicken Tikka Masala
Fun?: Reading, Cooking, Hiking, Gaming, Guitar
No one would guess that I was active in theatre and the performing arts – including a brief stint as a mime in a church drama group.
Favorite person: Benedict of Nursia
A novel you read recently that you especially liked: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis.
Favorite movie: Inception.
Favorite vacation destination: Florence, Italy
Sates or countries practiced ministry:
Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Mexico.
Favorite casual restaurant: Chipotle
Something that brought you to love Jesus Christ more deeply: When I was 15 years old, I knew everything. Or at least, I thought I did. One of the things I thought I knew was that all religious sentiment was unscientific fluff and that God was merely a figment of our imaginations and an attempt to alleviate our fears. But then, at just the right time, God sent Jason into my life. Jason was unlike the other friends I had in high school: most of us seemed to find our significance in making fun of one another, but Jason went out of his way to build others up. He had a calm strength and resilience that was beyond his years. When I would argue with him about why belief in God was primitive and why the Bible was unreliable, he always modeled Christlikeness and responded with grace, truth and love. Jason invited me to attend a play he was performing in at his church and I decided to go just so I could make fun of him for it the next day at school. When I walked through the church doors, the last thing I would ever have anticipated would be that I would find myself encountering the presence of the God I was convinced didn’t exist. Yet I found myself praying something along the lines of, “Jesus, I don’t know who you are, but I want to know you.” It was with those few stumbling words that my relationship with Jesus began. Looking back, I can see that long before I loved Him, He had already loved me. I can also see that God had been at work through Jason and through other friends and family members as the examples of their lives and love were preparing me to respond to Jesus.
What do you most want the Phoenix Seminary experience to do for students? My deepest desire for students at Phoenix Seminary is that they would experience a radical transformation of their understanding of God, neighbor, and self, and that this transformation would result in a more intimate and experiential relationship with God.
Ministry outside of Phoenix Seminary: Besides my work as an administrator and educator, I enjoy serving my church in the areas of adult spiritual formation and participating in the worshiping community as a lector and as a chalice bearer in the lay liturgy guild. As opportunities allow, I also enjoy teaching the Scriptures and leading musical worship.