See Bishop Richards' video greeting to the Diocese during our Bishop search, 2021.
On September 25, 2021, Daniel Paul Richards was elected to serve as
the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. He
was elected while rector of Christ Church of the Ascension, parish and
day school, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and chaplain of the Phoenix
Fire Department. He is an experienced minister of the gospel and leader
in the church. Daniel is married to Amy Rose Richards of West
Bloomfield, Michigan, and they have three children, Rachel Richards,
Jolie Richards, and Henri Richards.
Daniel was born in Cleveland, Mississippi, and grew up in
Mississippi and Tennessee before moving with his family to Phoenix,
Arizona, in high school. He graduated summa cum laude from Grand Canyon
University in 1994 with a bachelor of arts in Creative Arts in Worship:
Speech and Performance, a ministry degree. He was ordained as a Southern
Baptist minister by the First Baptist Church of Buckeye, Arizona,
February 2, 1996.
Daniel left the Southern Baptist Church soon after and was hired
by the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona as the youth and young adult
coordinator for the diocese in 1997, the same year he was confirmed as
an Episcopalian. He attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific
in Berkeley, California, and graduate in 2003. He was ordained to the
Sacred Order of Deacons on May 25, 2003, and to the Order of Priests on
December 3rd of the same year.
He served at Saint Michael and All Angels, Tucson, Arizona as
curate before serving as curate of the Church of the Holy Spirit in
Phoenix for four years. During this time, he served on the Commission on
Ministry for the Diocese of Arizona and served annually as the
spiritual director for high school at Chapel Rock Camp and Conference
Daniel accepted a call to Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse
City, Michigan in 2009 and served there until 2015, as both rector of
the parish and appointed dean of the Grand Traverse Deanery from 2010 to
2015. He served on the bishop nominating committee for the ninth bishop
of Western Michigan and local interdenominational and inter-religious
boards. The parish was marked by its long standing commitment to
homeless and underserved outreach and its Jubilee Outreach Ministries.
In 2015 Daniel returned to Arizona to serve as rector of Christ
Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley, eventually being elected to
lead the East Phoenix Deanery and serving as president of the board of
Chapel Rock Camp and Conference Center in Prescott. He volunteered as
chaplain for the Phoenix Fire Department from 2018 to 2021. His
spiritual life is marked by a commitment to Benedictine discipline and
time in the wilderness.