Richard and Joan together started Liberty Church. Liberty immediately became one of the leading multicultural churches in Northern California. Today over 2500 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and ages are represented and serve in over 35 Liberty ministries.
Richard and Joan are parents to 3 adult children. Janell, adopted as a baby, is now 21. The two oldest children are grown adults having joined the West family at the ages of 5 and 8 years old from the foster care system. The West's concern for parentless children has spread abroad to the nation of Liberia where Liberty Church and Orphan Relief Network supports the welfare of over 250 orphans in many orphanages.
Pastor Richard has been in full-time ministry for over 30 years and holds a Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min) through Vision International University and a Doctorate of Theology (Th. D) through Master’s Open Bible Seminary and was ordained as a Bishop in January of 2010 through the Council of Christian Bishops, CCBP. Richard currently serves as the director of Solano Community Support Coalition, a network of city wide organizations and individuals helping to bring practical help to victims of tragedy and poverty and serves as the CEO of Orphan Relief Network. Pastor Richard travels extensively training thousands of pastors and leaders in more than 10 different countries. He has assisted in the planting of over 300 churches along the Silk Road reaching from China to Israel and Africa and the Philippines.
Pastor Joan, who holds a Masters Degree in Child Development, has been in ministry for over thirty years. Eleven of those years were spent serving as a Director of Children's Ministry for two Sacramento area churches. Joan served as a board member to The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Sacramento and is currently an advisory board member to the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Fairfield and Vacaville. Currently her time is spent in administrative and pastoral responsibilities for Liberty Church. Joan is part of the executive team, overseeing the finance department. She also has a passion to minister hope and healing to post-abortive women and men through A Movement of Love.
Richard & Joan are officers on Liberty's Board of Directors and also are founders and officers of Orphan Relief Network, a public benefit charity to support orphans in Liberia and the Philippines.