R. Thomas Richard, Ph.D., has earned degrees in ministry and theology, as well as in physics. He has taught at the college, high school and middle school levels, has served as a Protestant pastor, and in missionary work living among migrant farmworkers. After much study and prayer he returned to the Catholic Church, earning a graduate degree in Catholic theology and ministry. He has served the Church in lay ministry as parish director of religious education, as parish director of evangelization and adult catechesis, as diocesan director of lay ministry and deacon formation, and as retreat and programs director for a major Catholic retreat center.
He has served the Church, together with his wife, in giving retreats, conferences, presentations and writing. His four books on the spiritual life are described on his website, www.renewthechurch.com. He is currently offering adult faith formation at the parish level.