Pastor Richard hails from a Hindu family. Born in a poverty stricken family, he led an unpeaceful life. In his childhood while living at Thiruvannamalai district, he was affected by a highly infectious disease and small pox. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rescued him from the clutches of death and healed him. But, he gave his life to the Lord when he was doing his college studies staying in the hostel. A good friend of him introduced the true savior to him. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, got baptized and was assisting the local church pastor in his ministries.