Rev. Richard Talley
Ordained by the Association of Unity Churches in June of 1993
following graduation from Unity School for Religious studies, Rev. Richard brought with him a
philosophy of ministry based on the concept that reaching outside the walls of
a church to minister is equally important to the ministry that occurs in the
church. His ministries in Santa
Fe, NM, Omaha NE, Indianapolis, IN, Hemet, CA, and Portland, OR, have been
marked by outreach in the form of pastoral ministry, hospices, shelters, schools, poor families, and to other people
Rev. Richard has a BS from Kansas University in Medical
technology, and a BA from Emporia State University in Biology, and then worked as a microbiologist at the VA Hospital.
After several years, he took up the art of stained glass and then decided to
partner in a stained glass retail shop, expanding to include additional shops and a
wholesale business in and around Kansas City. As a
world-renowned stained glass artist (see his mandala "Ripples in a Pond" at right), he has had his work in homes, galleries, businesses and communities around the world.
While succeeding in the business world, Richard felt that it was important to be
in the community, starting a laboratory in Westport Free Health Clinic in KCMO,
volunteering with the homeless, battered women’s shelters, and community food
This led to a deeper call, and Rev. Richard applied and was accepted
to the Ministerial Education Program at Unity School of Religious Studies in
Lee’s Summit MO. He and
life-partner and spouse Rev. Eileen Douglas have ministered in churches and
communities in New Mexico, Nebraska, Indiana, California, Washington, and
Oregon. Presently, they live in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and are excited in the
re-vitalization of PATH Ministries and the birth of PATHFINDERS.
A great part of Rev. Richard’s ongoing vision of ministry is as an
advocate for social justice, building community, empowering people and
inclusivity. His perspective of
religion and spirituality are evolving, but he believes that spirituality--how
one chooses to live one’s life--has more impact than any dogma one espouses.
Rev. Talley also pursued a Masters in Art Therapy in Oregon, but a family
member’s illness called for relocation to North Carolina. This past year Rev. Talley has completed a Masters
degree in Psychology from Saybrook University with emphasis in creativity and coaching for wellness and
creative expression. He is currently pursuing his doctorate. With his acknowledged Gift of Presence, he offers coaching and guidance that is appreciated by all those he has touched in his lifetime.
As he pursues his doctorate in psychology, Rev. Richard is researching identity formation in people with multiple racial ancestry. He gives presentations on diversity and inclusivity to sensitize and educate others in reaching out and relating to people with diverse backgrounds.
Rev. Richard may be reached a
360-606-2024, at [email protected] or on facebook at
Richard Talley or PATHFINDERS.