The School of Ministry
Biblical and Theological Studies (UG)
Full Name: Randy Richards
Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Biblical Studies
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
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 nine books and dozens of articles. He recently completed “Was Matthew a Plagiarist? Plagiarism in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” in Christian Origins and the Formation of the Early Church, eds. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts, in Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context 5 (Leiden: Brill, 2017); A Little Book for New Bible Scholars [with Joseph Dodson (InterVarsity, 2016)]; Paul Behaving Badly [with Brandon O’Brien (InterVarsity, 2016)]; and “Paul and Seneca as Letter Writers,” in Paul and Seneca in Dialogue, eds. David Briones and Joey Dodson, in the New Testament and Ancient Philosophy Series (Leiden: Brill, 2016). His other works include Rediscovering Jesus [with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (InterVarsity, 2015)]; Reading Scripture Deeply [edited with Richard Hess in the series Proceedings of the Young Scholars Summit, Tyndale House, Cambridge (Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2015)]; “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); Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes [with Brandon O’Brien (InterVarsity, 2012)]; “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).
He currently is finishing a complete revision of Rediscovering Paul and is beginning a major 2-volume commentary on the Gospel of John in the Word Biblical Commentary series, due in 2022.
Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and preacher, and has recently presented in places as diverse as Istanbul, Turkey; Kijabe, Kenya; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Kathmandu, Nepal. 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 Bible teacher at Family Church (SBC) in Palm Beach Gardens.