Ordained Mennonite Minister
Richard serves as Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC)
in Chicago. He is also an ordained minister in the Mennonite church. He has
twenty-five years of experience as a trainer, mediator and consultant working
primarily with conflicted churches and their leaders. The congregational
intervention model he developed represents a transformational model of mediation
placed within the context of Bowen family systems theory.
Richards training in family systems theory was initiated by attending Dr. Edwin
Friedmans Post Graduate Clergy Seminar in Family Emotional Process in
Bethesda, MD for several years. After Dr. Friedmans death he studied for four
years with Dr. Michael Kerr and the other faculty at the Georgetown Family
Center, in Washington D.C., in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family
Systems Theory and Its Applications that had been founded by Dr. Murray
Begun in 1983 under Richards leadership, LMPC is a not-for-profit ministry that
shares educational resources in Christian peacemaking and conflict
transformation with churches of all denominations and other groups throughout
North America and beyond. Since 1999 and 2000 respectively, LMPC has also been
offering its Clergy Clinic and Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family
Emotional Process, seen by judicatory leaders of multiple denominations as a
premier training program for clergy and other church leaders in family systems
theory. In recent years he has also led an annual seminar in London and the
Netherlands on Church Leadership and Family Systems.
Richard is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a variety of
other professional organizations in the field of alternative dispute resolution.