Richard and his wife, Kelly, are originally from Alabama, where Richard served in ministry for 20 years. Before becoming Senior Pastor at The Refuge in 2016, Richard served as Youth Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Oxford, Alabama. He also served as Children’s and Singles Minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Oxford, Alabama.
He has been preaching since the age of 21. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
Richard’s hobbies include following Alabama football (Roll Tide), raising honey bees, and spending time with family. Kelly is the Director of Marketing for Haven Health Clinic in Rome, Georgia. She also serves alongside Richard in many areas of local ministry. Richard and Kelly are the proud parents of Madison and Brodey. Madison is a senior at Shorter University and will be pursuing a career in Elementary Education upon graduation. Brodey is a sophomore at Rockmart High School and played on the 2019 Rockmart High School state champion tennis team. Both Brodey and Madison are involved in different areas of ministry in the local church. The McGinnis family is committed to involvement and activity in the local church and community.