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.
Following the leadership model of Jesus
Pastor Wes Richards has a team of 12, with one space vacant with one of the leadership couples moving into ministry abroad. The team is currently made up of eleven married couples 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, Mike and Jacqui Simpson, and Paul and Sarah Webb.