Dean

Richards, Randy

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Campus: West Palm Beach
Building: Okeechobee Hall

Phone: (561) 803-2295
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School and Department

The School of Ministry
Biblical and Theological Studies (UG)
M. Div. (GR)

Faculty Profile

Full Name: Randy Richards

Dean
Professor of Biblical Studies
Dean, School of Ministry


B.S., Texas Wesleyan College; M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Randy Richards loves training students for ministry, both domestically and internationally.  He has been teaching since 1986, originally at a state university and then abroad at an Indonesian seminary.  Upon returning to the States, Dr. Richards served at two Christian universities before joining Palm Beach Atlantic University as the dean of the School of Ministry in 2006. 

His wife Stacia has joyfully accompanied him from jungles of Indonesia to rice fields in Arkansas to beautiful South Florida.  They have two fine sons: Josh (Ph.D. 2012, University of St. Andrews, Scotland), a university professor in English, and Jacob (Ph.D. 2014, College of Medicine, University of Florida), a medical researcher. 

Dr. Richards has authored or co-authored five books and dozens of articles.  He recently published Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes with Brandon O’Brien (InterVarsity, 2012); “Reading, Writing, and the Production and Transmission of Manuscripts” in The Background of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity (Baker, 2013); “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up? The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing” in Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics (B&H, 2012); “Pauline Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Convention” in Christian Origins and Classical Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament (Brill, 2012); and a dozen articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Baker, 2013).  

This year, he is finishing a new textbook, Rediscovering Jesus, and another popular book, Paul Behaving Badly, both with InterVarsity Press.  He is also completing chapters in two other books. 

Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and preacher, recently in places as diverse as Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Kathmandu, and Kenya.  He was a Senior Scholar at the IRLBR Summer Summit at Tyndale House (Cambridge) in 2013.  He regularly conducts missionary training workshops, and currently serves as a teaching pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach.