I met Richard and Brenda Exley is 1979. They had taken a struggling church in Tulsa, Oklahoma and under their leadership grew it to over 1000 people. That church, Christian Chapel, also became one of the top fifty Assembly of God churches in mission’s giving in the nation.
I was a seminary student at Oral Roberts University and for the three years of that journey I attended their church. Those years were transformative for me on so many levels as Richard became my pastor… a position he has maintained for over 35 years, and the closest friend and spiritual advisor that I have. I am indebted to Richard and so grateful for the relationship that we’ve enjoyed over the years.
Richard has authored several books and he and Brenda conduct both marriage and ministry retreats and conferences across the nation each year.
Richard and Benda have one daughter, Leah Starr, and two beautiful grandchildren. They currently live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Our church this weekend is blessed to have Richard as our guest. He is speaking at both at our Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Services this weekend.