Christ United Methodist Church at 5731 Gallia Street , Sciotoville, Oh will be welcoming Rev. John Richards and his wife Shellie as pastor and family on June 29th.
John has been a pastor since 1990. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Prior to being appointed to Christ UMC, he served churches in the Toledo area, southern Ohio and Missouri. John has a passion for the Word of God, growing in grace and outreach to the community. He is a believer in biblical preaching and teaching, and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
John is a native of Missouri, although he grew up in Newfoundland, Canada. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. The first half of his Master of Divinity degree was completed at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky; the second half at United Seminary in Dayton.
In 1982 John married Michelle (Shellie) North, of Delaware, Ohio. They have two grown children, Johanna (married) and Jonathan, and a grand-puppy.