Our Pastor

Pastor Richard Grice was born by the concentration camp Dachau, in Munic, Germany to an Army Engineer family, shortly after WWII.  He later returned on active duty to Germany, escorting hundreds of soldiers and their families through the death camp that his father helped liberate.  Pastor Richard grew up as an Army brat in Germany, Japan and the US, graduating from high school in Colorado Springs. He attended college at the University of Colorado in Pueblo, CO., graduate school in Denver, CO at Iliff School of Theology, and the University of Texas at El Paso.  His post graduate studies culminated with a doctorate in church growth at Irskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina.  He served churches in Kansas, Virginia and Georgia, along with chapel congregations in several countries during his for 25 years as a chaplain.  Pastor Richard is retired from the Army Chaplaincy, the Presbyterian Church, and resides in Jesup, Georgia with his wife Barbara.  He is currently serving as pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Darien, GA.  Teaching specialties include Ethics, Theology, Healing through Laughter, Post Traumatic Stress Debriefing, Spiritual Leadership, Parent Effectiveness Training, and certification as a trainer in the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator. His hobbies include photography, repairing clocks, 18th century historical reenactments, balloon sculpting, clown ministry, repairing antiques and storytelling.