Dr. Tony Richie

B.A., Carson-Newman College, 1988
M. Div., Church of God School of Theology, 1993
D. Min., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2002
Ph. D., London School of Theology, 2010


Dr. Richie has taught at the Seminary in various capacities since 2011 and is currently Associate Professor of Theology. He has also taught for PTS at the Theological Seminary of the Church of God in Haiti, the Pentecostal Theological Institute of Bucharest, SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador), and Doctoral Cohorts in Africa (Zambia). He has served as an adjunct professor at Regent University Divinity School (Virginia Beach, VA) and North Carolina University (Chapel Hill). Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, serving as a lead pastor for more than 38 years. He has further served as a District Overseer, member of various boards and committees, including the Ministerial Development Board, State World Missions Board, State Ordination Committee, and others. A third generation Pentecostal Christian in both his maternal and fraternal heritage, he began his public ministry at six years of age testifying to local congregations before his father preached, and then continued into fulltime evangelistic ministry as an adult. For six years he served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenism Interest Group Leader and as SPS Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA). For seven years, Dr. Richie represented Pentecostals on the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, an ecumenical international think tank and advisory board to the World Council of Churches and a Non-Governing Organization to the United Nations. Dr. Richie is currently on the Board of RIO, a Church of God International mission agency and on the Executive Council of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, an organization dedicated to interreligious cooperation for the benefit of children on a global scale (based out of Tokyo, Japan/New York, NY). Until recently he was Chair of the Board of Directors for AMERC (Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Consortium; based out of Berea, KY), but having fulfilled his tenure now serves as Special Consultant to the Executive Director. For ten years he was the co-chair of the Church of God/Mennonite Church USA dialogue. He has published more than a hundred articles and chapters on Christian spirituality and theology, with a focus on the Wesleyan-Pentecostal movement, as well as several monographs including Pentecostal Explorations of Holiness Today: Words from Wesley (2017), co-authored with Randall Howard, the award-winning Essentials of Pentecostal Theology: An Eternal and Unchanging Lord Powerfully Present and Active by the Holy Spirit (2020), and most recently, Saved, Delivered, and Healed: Introducing a Pentecostal Theology of Salvation (2022). Dr Richie has contributed to the prestigious venues Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (2021) and The Rutledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology (2022). He has traveled to over 41 countries engaging in ministry but has also been involved with local initiatives throughout his home state of Tennessee as well as 32 other states plus the District of Columbia. He resides in Cleveland, Tennessee with his beloved wife and partner in ministry, Sue, an ordained minister in the Church of Gid who serves on the PTS staff. Their family of four children, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter enjoys the outdoors, especially boating and swimming, hiking and picnicking, and motorcycling through the scenic countryside. 

email: trichie@ptseminary.edu




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