Joe Richards

While Joe was born in the Marshall Islands, his family moved to San Diego, CA when he was quite young. Reluctant to leave the Southern California sunshine, he attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. It was during his college years that he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Joe then moved to Chapel Hill, NC to attend graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where he earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Through God’s providence, it was there that he met his wonderful wife Susan, to whom he was married in 1990.
In 1995 he accepted a faculty position at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), and has since called Grand Junction home. Soon after arriving on the Western Slope, the Lord led them to Heritage Church, where he has served as an elder since 2008. In addition to an amazing church family at Heritage, he has also been blessed with two daughters, Kate and Fiona.