About the Pastor
Richard Daughtridge, our Director and Senior Minister grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He met Christ at the age of 18 having been invited to a church music service by a friend in 1970.
Having been raised in an un-churched family, and having a history of delinquent behavior, Richard’s newfound faith became life changing. His testimony immediately opened doors to share that faith and as a young man. Many churches, schools, and youth camps around the area sought him to share his story.
He traveled in an evangelistic ministry for several years in the southeast. In 1974 he was invited to Quito Ecuador as a missionery and that invitation open doors to many different countries of South America.
Throughout this time he had an unquenchable hunger for the word of God. He read and studied every theological book that he could find and set personal goals to learn everything he could about the Bible and to memorize the scriptures. He studied Spanish at the Catholic University in Quito. Though he attended a small Bible school, Campemento Nueva Vida, (New Life Camp) near Quito, Ecuador where he later taught, he says most of his biblical knowledge has come through books, experience, self education and of course from the best teacher of all, God’s Holy Spirit. He taught at the mission school in Ecuador and extended his stay for five more years.
In 1973 Richard married Robin Layman, a friend and also teacher in the school at Quito. Robin served prior in the Philippines for several years working with tribal groups with Christ To The Philippines Mission a missions group based in Manila.
After serving at the school and traveling together throughout Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile on evangelistic tours Robin and Richard returned to the US and began a family which now includes Rich, their oldest son that lives in Hagerstown Maryland with his wife Susan and their three children Reed , Carter Ann and Keagan, Ryan the younger son that lives in New York City and Alyson their daughter that lives in Greenville North Carolina with her husband Chris Clark.
Richard says about his wife of 36 years, “Her love for people and her faith in God has always inspired me to dream greater dreams.”
Their passion for the elderly and the less fortunate has been a catalyst to find ways to help others launching new ministry opportunities.
Richard is a longstanding member of te American Association of Christian Counselors.
Richard and Robin have a lifetime of experience in ministry and in many walks of life and are very excited about the ministry opportunities that lie ahead.