Richard Parrish

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
– Vaclav Havel

Richard Parrish is a dispenser of HOPE! If you ask him what he does, his response is: “I help others discover hope.”


Familiar with adversity and challenges, Richard’s strength and resilience is a result of HOPE found through submission to God’s purpose and a deep confidence that God is active and present in all areas of life.


Others describe Richard as compassionate, humorous, honest, a leader, pastor, shepherd, accepting, non-judgmental and trustworthy. He speaks and writes in a way that is inviting, loving and kind. He listens and is an encourager.


Richard is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and speaks in numerous cross-denominational settings. A seasoned, empowering and compassionate leader, he devotes his life to assisting others discover HOPE through writing, speaking and offering spiritual care to pastors and ministry leaders. Richard is the Director of Discover Hope, an outreach of MSW Ministries.


Richard resides in sunny Glendale, Arizona with his wife, Vicki. He’s always up for a round of golf, and enjoys a hot cup of coffee to keep him caffeinated for the benefit of others!

“From the first meeting with Richard at Papa Perks Coffee Shop, I’ve been struck by his mature faith and caring and consistent character. His strength is his listening spirit and caring heart."

Brent Garrison

Vice President of Education, The CEO Forum

“Richard is a holy, faithful man of deep wisdom, conviction and integrity with a sensitive heart. Richard is a strong leader who encourages and equips others through his verbal and written words and actions."

Debby DeBernardi

Pastor, Certified Spiritual Director

"I have been pleased to invite Richard to preach during Sunday worship in my congregation, and I have worked alongside Richard in ecumenical community worship settings.  He has a unique ability to cross denominational lines with grace and sensitivity; he is astutely aware of different traditions and historical perspectives without ever losing sight of his core belief that we are all called into a more intimate relationship with Jesus.  He has proven himself to be a not only a compelling, intellectual speaker but a devoted Christian leader with a genuine, caring spirit.  Richard conveys a heart-felt desire to encourage and guide individuals along their unique faith journeys – he simply cares deeply about others."

Pastor Mike Johnson

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

"Richard 'oozes' trust and leadership. He shows people what graciousness looks like and doesn’t give lip service. Richard is discerning when he speaks or doesn’t speak. He allows others to be themselves."


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