Richard, from the UK, and Riekje, from Holland, are the parents of four outgoing young-adult children. They love to use their gift of hospitality and a down-to earth spirituality, to draw people into authentic, Christ-centred community. They currently reside in Madrid, Spain.
In 1996 they joined Christian Associates International (now Communitas) and worked for 23 years, in Iberia, as church-planters; assisting a team with planting Riverside International Church, in Lisbon, Portugal (1997-2001) and then as a founding family and lead pastors of Mountainview International Church, in Madrid, Spain (2002-2018).
In August 2019 they were seconded by Communitas to Global Training Network. They are involved internationally with GTN in Ethiopia, using the four-phase Divine Expedition Training to equip leaders, to reach people for Christ, to make disciples, to develop leaders, and to multiply and strengthen churches. They are also involved locally with GTN in Spain, including coaching and developing emotionally and spiritually mature leaders.
For many years their focus was on church growth, but in recent years they have experienced God doing a deeper work in their lives. Freedom in Christ and an extended series on grace (based on Galatians), that was developed and taught by Richard, were defining moments in their lives and ministry. Their personal vision has morphed into, the multiplication of spiritually and emotionally healthy leaders and churches that are fountains of Christ and His grace; that overflow in the blessing of individuals, communities and the world. They like to say that God has transformed their vision from bigger churches to bigger hearts!