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 Pentecostal Theological 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 and at the Pentecostal Theological Institute of Bucharest. An Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, he has served as a lead pastor for more than 38 years and also 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 continued into fulltime evangelistic ministry as an adult. Professor Richie has served as missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador), and guest lecturer at Lee University (Cleveland, TN) and adjunct professor at Regent University Divinity School (Virginia Beach, VA). 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 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). He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for AMERC (Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Consortium; based out of Lexington, KY) and continues to serve as Special Consultant to the Executive Director. For ten years he was the co-chair of the Church of God/Mennonite Church USA dialogue. Currently, Richie serves on the Board of RIO Network, an international church planting and mission organization, as liaison for PTS. A prolific author, 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 his most recent (2020) Essentials of Pentecostal Theology: An Eternal and Unchanging Lord Powerfully Present and Active by the Holy Spirit. Additional books include: Pentecostal Theology and Ecumenical Theology: Interpretations and Intersections (with Peter Hocken and Christopher A. Stephenson, 2019) and Pentecostal Explorations of Holiness Today: Words from Wesley (with Randall Howard, 2017). Richie has traveled to over 32 countries and throughout the United States engaging in ministry. He and his beloved wife and partner in ministry, Sue, their four children and four grandchildren, enjoy home-cooking and family gatherings as well as anything outdoors, especially boating and swimming, hiking and picnicking, and motorcycling through scenic countryside.

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