Pastor Joel Richards, who was injured in a severe auto accident Wednesday, has served La Loma Grace Brethren Church in Modesto, CA, since 1974. He began his ministry as youth pastor, then in 1979 accepted the position of senior pastor. He is a graduate of Biola University and holds a degree of Master of Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Joel is a member of the Greater Modesto Ministerial Association as well as a Chaplain with the Ceres Police Department. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of four children.