King’s Church International has a campus in Robertson, South Africa, near to Cape Town. It is a multi-racial church where people of all ethnic backgrounds are welcome and where reconciliation and healing are emphasised in post-apartheid South Africa.
KCI also gives guidance to three church campuses in Sri Lanka and provides support for the poor and needy in both this country and Burkina Faso where KCI has a long standing relationship with a leading Christian NGO.
King's Church International recently celebrated the 40 years that Wes Richards has been a pastor at the church founded by his father. In that time he has led the church through many changes and challenges, including the death of his wife, Carol, from cancer in 2002. But amidst this time of great sadness, hope and healing were on the way, as shortly after the three Richards children, Wesley, James and Melody met and then married two sisters and a brother from the same South African family. Pastor Wes now has 13 grandchildren, nine boys and four girls, aged 8 and under.
Pastor Wes Richards has a team of 12, made up of twelve married couples and consisting of pastors and other senior leaders.
These are Pastors Terry & Margaret Beasley, Pastors Drikus & Melody Erasmus, Pastors James & Vasti Richards, Pastors Wesley & Wilana Richards, Mike and Natasha Airey, Dushy and Dilina Goonawardhane, Paul and Lyndsey Harding, Tim and Clare Holmes-Clough, Jamal and Brenda Johnston, Greg and Dorota Nazaruk, Mike and Jacqui Simpson, and Paul and Sarah Webb.
King's Church International began in a leaky Scout Hut with just five people attending its first Sunday service in 1943. It was founded by former Welsh coal miner, Billy Richards, father of the current Senior Pastor Wes Richards, after God told him to leave his home and start a church in Slough. Today the church has grown locally in the Thames Valley and also ministers to more nations than ever before.
In 2002 Pastor Wes suffered the loss of his wife Carol to cancer, but shortly after his three children, Wesley, James and Melody met and then married two sisters and a brother from the same South African family.
The church started by Billy Richards in 1943 is today overseen by his son Wes Richards as Senior Pastor. Three of his grandchildren also serve as pastors in the church alongside a team of senior leaders.
The senior leadership team are supported by an operational board and board of trustees, following the principles found in Acts 6.
Acts 6: 1-4
"Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
King's Church International subscribes to a high standard of accountability and stewardship. The church is a registered charity, no. 1039958.
The church is audited by Saffery Champness. This is an independent UK top 20 firm of Chartered Accountants.
The church is advised by Wilsons Solicitors LLP. Wilsons is one of the leading private client law firms in the country.