Philip and Fiona Richardson have been on quite a journey with the Lord to get to where they are now: serving with OMS in Indiana, USA. Philip grew up in Romford, Essex and Fiona in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Jesus took a hold of both of them in their teens and they gave all of themselves to him, living distinctive lives in Christ and becoming spiritual leaders in their schools. North and south came together when they met at Durham University! Fiona completed a ministry training degree alongside pastors there and Philip grew spiritually through receiving teaching and leading in the Christian Union.
When Philip spent a year after university in rural Kenya with Africa Inland Mission, they were both prayerfully exploring a call to Africa in the future. They married in 1995 and worked for a while before moving to London. Philip studied at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and Fiona began full time ministry, doing youth and children’s work for an evangelical Anglican church. After much prayer and when Philip completed his Masters in Biblical Interpretation, the Lord sent them through “Crosslinks” to work under the Anglican Church for a large region of churches in Tanzania, East Africa. They worked there from 2002 to 2010; training pastors, lay leaders, young adult leaders, children’s workers, and women’s leaders through teaching, building teams, and writing resources. While there, they adopted Bethany (13) and Jasmine (18), their two precious daughters.
Then God opened up the way for Philip to study for a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, USA. They have lived there for the past 6 years, which has been a huge blessing to all the family. Fiona has been writing resources, speaking, training, leading Bible studies, and praying with a women’s ministry in the U.S., while continuing to work on publishing and distributing Bible study resources for young women’s ministry in Africa. Philip has enjoyed opportunities to teach at the master’s level during his time at the seminary and grown in his love for building up leaders all over the world as he has studied among many internationals.
The Richardsons are based at OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Philip has a passion for engaging people with the Bible and helping them interpret it within its original contexts and apply it to their own situation. He will work with the Theological Education team to come alongside the many Bible colleges, seminaries, and training programmes around the world that partner with OMS. He will also have opportunities to teach and equip international church leaders through building online resources for in-depth Bible knowledge and understanding. He is excited to see what God will do through these leaders, who will become leaders of leaders and teachers themselves all over the world.
Fiona’s passion is to pray, equip, and encourage people as disciples and disciple makers. She delights in building up leaders to work with women and guiding younger women by developing written resources, training trainers, and working through teams in many nations, welcoming God’s transforming power.
They would appreciate your prayers right now as they seek God’s provision for their support. They are thankful for the way the Lord has helped Bethany settle into her new secondary school and has blessed Jasmine in beginning University. From Essex and Yorkshire to Tanzania and America, they have come a long way and now they will get to connect with the many countries where OMS works. Philip and Fiona look forward to seeing what Jesus will do next in their journey with him for his Kingdom worldwide.