Rev. John Joseph Richey moved from the Plymouth and Devonport to High
Wycombe Methodist Circuit in September 2010. John became minister for
Holmer Green in September 2013;
he is also minister for Wesley and Cryers Hill.
Plymouth John was Chaplain to the Boys’ Brigade and the Patricia Venton
Centre (Help the Aged). He was
also School Governor and supported a local drama club.
Other ministerial duties included routine visits to people’s
homes; care homes. He views
pastoral care as underpinning the whole of church life.
Ordained Ministry John was a Fire-fighter; an Insurance Representative, a
Police Officer and finally a Lay Worker.
In his final six years as a Police Officer, John became a Christian.
The scripture passage “...And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah
6: 8 became the focus for how he operated as a police officer.
In church leadership John’s focus remains finding ways in which
the Spirit transcends the legalistic mechanisms of Church governance.
early Christian years he was instrumental in starting a homeless night
shelter – ‘The Ark’ on the Wirral as well as other local community
projects. He also became
involved with overseas Aid to Romania.
was born in Liverpool and with the exception of five years living in
Buxton, Derbyshire, was schooled and worked in and around Liverpool.
This helped to shape and give understanding to living life in a
diverse multi-cultural, multi-faith society; having a bias towards the
financially and spiritually poor and the disenfranchised of society.
1997/8 John studied at Cliff College, before taking up a three year
appointment as a Lay Worker in Warrington working with two urban churches.
The primary focus was to link church with community, which helped further
prepare John for Ordained Ministry.
in High Wycombe John’s ministerial responsibility in the town centre
includes being a Police Chaplain; Deputy Chair of Faith Leaders’ forum;
a member of the Council of Christian & Muslim Relationships; serves on
a community ‘Independent Advisory Group’. With Holmer Green comes the
added responsibility of chairing Holmer Green Methodist Preschool and
Chaplain to the Boys’ Brigade; maintaining links with Cherry Garth
residential care home and leading occasional services there.
John is married to Ruth who is also a minister in the circuit.
They have a son and daughter. Their
son, Mark, a systems/business analyst, is married to Louise and they have
a son, Jack. Their daughter,
Helen, did her degree in Plymouth, after further studies in London and has
now settled in High Wycombe as a dispensing optician.
has had many interests throughout life.
In earlier years he was a keen sports person, which included
playing and watching football; running, boxing and various martial arts.
Interests today are more sedate.
He enjoys listening to music, reading, walking and cooking.
After years of family camping John and Ruth now love caravanning
and finding time to nip off to Plymouth to see the adorable grandson,
a people’s person and says ministry on one level is easy; it is about
forming relationships between people of faith and no faith. John will love
to take any amount of opportunities that come his way to meet with peopand prayer; to visit anyone calling upon him
either for social or in their need. It’s
over to you to invite John as he would love to hear from you.
to meet people in fellowship