Richard was born and raised on the Southside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Kathleen (Kathy), Richard’s wife was born in St Louis, Mo, and eventually she moved to Indianapolis, where Richard and Kathy were married in 1973.
Richard began his career in the electrical construction industry working for firms such as General Electric Company. He spent 20 years in the electrical industry. Kathy and Richard eventually established and operated their own Electrical Manufacturers Representative Firm.
Richard and Kathy had a child in 1974, Kristine, and they were divorced in 1975. After 8 years of separation and a seemingly irreparable relationship, the Lord began working spiritual renewal into Richard’s life, and later he, Kathy and Kristine, dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ and received Him as Lord and Savior. Shortly after their Salvation experience, Richard and Kathy were remarried. They now have been re-remarried for over 31 years.
Eventually, they sold their electrical company and Richard got involved in Christian Radio. Richard worked at Love 98 Radio, WXIR, in Indianapolis as the General Sales Manager for 20 years until it was sold.
Richard and Kathy opened a Christian Bookstore in Glendale Shopping Mall, named JOHN 3:16 Christian Bookstore, Kathy managed and operated it for over 6 years.
Most recently, Kathy has had a career in healthcare for over 15 years, and is the Regional A/R Director for over 30 Nursing Homes for IDE Management Group. She oversees and manages the business offices, Accounts Payable, Receivables and Human Resources not only for all of the company owned Healthcare facility locations throughout Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa..
Richard worked for several years as Indiana Regional Manager for KLOVE 101, 9 FM and 90.5 FM Radio EMF Broadcasting to help build the Indiana Market.
In 2008, Richard was offered a position as National Sales Manager for Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Company, a national corporation, headquartered in Franklin Indiana. Richard managed the sales effort for Office Pride, not only in Indiana, but also in 18 states throughout the US.
In 2014, Richard joined Truth@Work as a Chapter President growing the Roundtable Ministry in Metro Indy and in Johnson County. Richard and Kathy live on the South Side of Indianapolis near Greenwood. Their daughter Kristine Sickels is 40 years old, and lives in Atlanta Ga. Kristine is the Vice President of Marketing for the Newell Rubbermaid Corporation Commercial Division.
Richard and his wife Kathy are members of Christ Fellowship Church of Indianapolis at Sherman and County Line Roads. The Pastor there is Tony Smith. They reach out to many couples with their Marriage and Counseling ministry. Richard is involved in Men’s Ministry at the church. Kathy and Richard are available for Retreats and Marriage Seminars.
Richard and Kathy feel called into a ministry of helps to the body and have been involved in Marriage Discipleship and Biblical Counseling for over 17 years. They minister to married couples, and also those who are soon to be married. They teach a marriage discipleship study called “…….and the two shall become one flesh….”