Let me introduce myself to those of you who don't know me by saying that I
am the veteran of many religious institutions. That has left me with mixed
feelings about the purpose and reason for the existence of “church”. In early adulthood, I came to the
conclusion that I need to understand religion from a spiritual perspective. As a
result, I investigated existential philosophers, Catholic mystics, theological
perspectives, and Native American spirituality, in addition to Unity’s
Unity provided an
accepting environment for me to explore spirituality and through Unity I became
acquainted with Sharon Poindexter, who was my business consultant. After she was accepted to USRS (ministerial school), she
began to facilitate Bible, metaphysics, and prayer groups in her home. After her ordination in 1988, she formed PATH Ministry, where I was ordained by her as a Trailblazer
in ministry to a community of people with AIDS. Rev. Sharon, in her short time on earth as a minister, mentored and
encouraged me to explore ministry from different perspectives.
As a result of our involvement with PATH, over the years Eileen and I have
conducted gatherings in our home, in parks, by streams, in churches, meeting rooms, and the residences of others, with the
belief that one’s spiritual journey is shaped by their life experiences,
culture, history, sexual orientation and their willingness to create. We have both worked as hospice chaplains and had our own award-winning live talk radio show, and cable TV show, plus we facilitated a gang truce in a large city of the southwest.
Working together again in this resurrected, reinvented PATH Ministries, I have no doubt that Eileen and I will continue to grow spiritually and to minister to all who may benefit from our gifts.
Please read Rev. Richard's biography on another page in our website.
Rev. Richard may be reached a
360-606-2024, at Rev.Richard@pathministries.info or on facebook at
Richard Talley or PATH Ministries.