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Richard Parrish

Richard Parrish is an author, speaker, spiritual director, and mentor who loves helping leaders and learners discover hope through spiritual growth and soul care. No stranger to adversity and burn-out, Richard knows personally how important it is for ministry leaders to take care of their spiritual health.


Through submission to God’s purpose and a deep, abiding certainty in God’s active care in every area of life, Richard has discovered strength, resilience, and confident hope and seeks to share his journey with others.


An ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and the Director of Discover Hope, an outreach of MSW Ministries, Richard teaches with honest compassion learned through many different life challenges. From the wealth of his experiences, Richard can speak to issues of spiritual leadership, doctrine and theology, and social issues both inside the church and in the secular world. 


Through his writing and speaking, Richard communicates truth in a loving way that invites others to draw near to God. A listener and an encourager, Richard values the life experiences of others and seeks to include everyone in conversation. And a little bit of laughter never hurt anyone either!


Richard resides in sunny Glendale, Arizona with his wife, Vicki. He’s always up for a round of golf and a hot cup of coffee to keep him well caffeinated for the benefit of others.

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“From the first meeting with Richard at Papa Perks Coffee Shop, I’ve been struck by his mature faith and caring and consistent character. His strength is his listening spirit and caring heart."

Brent Garrison

Vice President of Education, The CEO Forum

“Richard is a holy, faithful man of deep wisdom, conviction and integrity with a sensitive heart. Richard is a strong leader who encourages and equips others through his verbal and written words and actions."

Debby DeBernardi

Pastor, Certified Spiritual Director

"I have been pleased to invite Richard to preach during Sunday worship in my congregation, and I have worked alongside Richard in ecumenical community worship settings.  He has a unique ability to cross denominational lines with grace and sensitivity; he is astutely aware of different traditions and historical perspectives without ever losing sight of his core belief that we are all called into a more intimate relationship with Jesus.  He has proven himself to be a not only a compelling, intellectual speaker but a devoted Christian leader with a genuine, caring spirit.  Richard conveys a heart-felt desire to encourage and guide individuals along their unique faith journeys – he simply cares deeply about others."

Pastor Mike Johnson

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

"Richard 'oozes' trust and leadership. He shows people what graciousness looks like and doesn’t give lip service. Richard is discerning when he speaks or doesn’t speak. He allows others to be themselves."


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