On February 23, 2017, Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. named Dr. E. Randolph Richards, long-time dean of the School of Ministry, as PBA’s provost.
Richards joined PBA in 2006 as dean and professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry. Under Richard’s leadership, the School of Ministry has soared in enrollment, faculty achievements and fundraising. He was instrumental in adding a fully online undergraduate ministry degree and two master’s degrees. Richards additionally has served, since 2011, as director of the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Experiential Learning, one of PBA’s five centers of excellence. Through his entrepreneurial skills and policy proficiency, the Center has grown to encompass mission trips, other international travel activities as well as travel-study trips, processing between 800 and 1000 travel applications per year.
Prior to coming to PBA, Richards served as chair of the Department of Christian Missions at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he joined the faculty in 1999. Previously he taught at Williams Baptist College where he served as the chair of the department of Religion and Philosophy. Richards, his wife Stacia, and their two sons have served as missionaries to a remote island in east Indonesia, where he taught for eight years as a faculty member and consultant at an Indonesian seminary.
Richards is a prolific author and speaker. His latest books are Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, rev. ed., with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017), A Little Book for New Biblical Scholars, with Joseph Dodson (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017) and Paul Behaving Badly, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016). He has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including serving as a mentor for the Scholars Initiative with the Museum of the Bible, Ancient Manuscripts Project at Oxford University and as chairman of the Greco-Roman Backgrounds Consultation for the Evangelical Theological Society, among other noteworthy distinctions.
Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer 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.