Rev. Richard L. Richie
Rev. Richard L. Richie was born at Fort Benning, Georgia and raised in Merritt Island, Florida where his father was a NASA Engineer for the Apollo Space Program. Richie later attended James W. Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia where he was Student Body President his Senior Year and a 3-year Letterman on the Robinson Ram Football Team. Richie went on to attend and graduate from Auburn University (1984-1988) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management. In and following college, he worked in the U.S. Department of Defense Industry for over seven years as a Logistician and Task Manager for numerous U.S. Army, Navy, & Marine programs. Feeling the call to enter the full-time Christian Ministry, Richie left secular employment to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky where he eventually earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1996. He later conducted Doctoral Studies at Southern Seminary as well.
Richie is currently the Pastor of Blue Springs Baptist in Somerville (Florette), Alabama where he has served the church since 2015. Richie is also currently serving as the Mission Administrator of the Romanian-American Mission in Decatur. Alabama. Richie has pastored for over 25 years, serving churches in Alabama, Maryland, Indiana and Virginia. Richie is currently an Executive Committee Member and former Finance Chairman of the Morgan Baptist Association, in North Alabama. Richie has also previously served on the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions for six years and the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as a Trustee for eight years.
Richie is married to the former Toni A. Leigh of Shreveport, LA who is an R.N. – Infectious Disease/Epidemiology Investigator for the Alabama Department of Public Health. The couple resides in Hartselle, Alabama where they have three wonderful boys, Robert, Nathan, & William, ages 14, 13, & 7.