Jeffrey Jon Richards is a pastor who is involved in evangelism and missions internationally. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he lived in western Minnesota until his late teenage years and then relocated to the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He graduated from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls, MN, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX, Drew University, Madison, NJ, and Marburg University, Marburg, Germany.
He received a Th.M. degree from Dallas in Historical Theology, a Ph.D. degree in Philosophical Theology from Drew, and a Dr.theol. degree in Systematic Theology from Marburg. Jeffrey has taught full-time or as an adjunct at several universities and seminaries including the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Columbia Biblical Seminary of Columbia International University located in Columbia, SC.
He has also been an academic dean of a theological seminary. He has done post-doctoral studies at Tübingen University in Tübingen, Germany and Oxford University, Oxford, England. He has lectured at the Free University in Berlin, Germany on the topic of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and has taught courses at universities and seminaries in Riga, Latvia and Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. Richards is an author of several publications: The Promise of Dawn, Kingdom Bound (Russian and French translations), The Great Journey, Twenty-One Great Voices, The Cry at Salem, War Time Preaching and Teaching, and Contemporary Christian Options of the World’s End.
Jeffrey has been the pastor of several churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. His ordination is with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, but he has ministered primarily in a non-denomination setting.
He is president of Global Teaching and Preaching, which is primarily a ministry in Eastern Europe, several African countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, and the United States. His teaching and preaching focuses upon the interpretation of the Old and New Testaments, theological and historical topics relevant today, as well as other teachings related to current Christian ministry.