Leadership Team

Nick Drake
Lead Pastor

Nick has served as the lead pastor of Richland Baptist Church since 2013. He and his wife, Marsha, have five children – Noah, Levi, Silas, Zoe and Micah. Nick is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Richland, Nick and Marsha served in Central Asia for six years, and before that Nick served as a youth pastor for Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO.

Email: nick@myrichland.org
Instagram: nicholasdaviddrake
Twitter: @nicholas_drake
Facebook: nicholas.drake
Website: DrakeCity

Scot Thomson
Associate Pastor

Scot and his wife, Lydia, have four children: Reese, Owen, Audrey, and Hope. From 2012 through 2021, Scot served as Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in California, MO. In 2011, Scot earned his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been Richland’s Pastor of Discipleship and Administration since December 2021.

Email: scot@myrichland.org
Instagram: scotat
Twitter: @justplainscot
Facebook: scotat

Billy Hovey
Deacon & Song Leader

Billy has been a member of Richland since 1997. Wearing many hats, Billy is a deacon, a long-time TeamKID volunteer (and previous director), a family group leader, and a personnel team member, among other things. A mechanic and inspector for many years, Billy currently works as a maintenance technician and inspector for Columbia Avionics and Aircraft Services. He and his wife, Terri, have two daughters.

Email: tbhovey@ktis.net

James Smiley
Deacon & Youth Volunteer

James has been a member of Richland since 2000 and has been a deacon since 2007. Along with his roles as a deacon and a youth volunteer, James serves in other ministries in the church as he is needed. A man who stays extremely busy working various construction, maintenance and other jobs, James is also a hobby farmer with goats and alpacas. He and his wife, Tammy, have one son.

Email: jameslsmiley@yahoo.com

Jerry Austin
Deacon & Nursery Volunteer

Jerry has been a member of Richland since 2001 and has served as a deacon since 2003. He also serves the church as a children’s ministry volunteer and does various projects around our church facilities. Born on a farm in 1942, Jerry has lived on a farm in Callaway County ever since. Although he retired from Farmers Mutual Insurance of Callaway County after being an Agent Director for nearly 36 years, Jerry is still a full-time farmer. He married his wife, Beverly, in 1968, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Email: austins@socket.net

Carson Humphreys
Deacon & Family Group Leader

Carson has been a member of Richland since 2001 and has been a deacon since 2007. He is also a family group leader and fills in as a supply preacher for Richland and other churches in the area. After growing up in Fulton and attending Northwest Missouri State University, Carson returned to Callaway County and is now the agriculture teacher at Fulton High School. He and his wife, Katie, have four sons.

Email: carsonhumphreys@hotmail.com

Harlan Borman
Deacon & Maintenance Volunteer

Harlan has been a member of Richland for decades. Along with his role as a deacon, Harlan serves in other ministries in the church, including building maintenance, handyman work, event planning, decorating, and outreach. A local farmer, Harlan is known as a hard worker and a faithful servant. He and his wife, Judy, have two children and four grandchildren.

Ron Forbis
Deacon & Discipleship Accountability Group Leader

Ron has been a member of Richland (for the second time) since 2016 and has been a deacon (also for the second time) since 2017. Along with his roles as a deacon and a Discipleship Accountability Group (DAG) leader, Ron serves our church family in other ministries, as he preaches occasionally, helps with our audio/visual ministry, and plays bass or acoustic guitar with our praise team. Previously the interim pastor of Reform Baptist Church in Steedman, MO, Ron loves to preach God’s Word and disciple followers of Jesus. He and his wife, Jean, have three children and two grandchildren.

Email: pastorronforbis@gmail.com

Allen Tippett
Deacon & Family Group Leader

Allen has been a member of Richland since 2019 and a deacon since 2021. A retired associate pastor, Allen has served the Lord faithfully for decades. After retiring and moving to Kingdom City in 2019 in order to be closer to family, Allen and his wife, Sharon, began serving and using the gifts God gave them in order to bless our church family. Along with being a deacon, Allen is a family group leader and the chairman of our finance team. He and Sharon have two children and five grandchildren.

Email: smokeymo1@sbcglobal.net

Robbie Harding
Deacon & Video Operator

Robbie has been a member of Richland since 2018 and a deacon since July 2022. Volunteering his time helping with audio, video, music slides, and other technology-related ministries, Robbie is always willing to serve in any way he can. An AutoCAD drafter (Electrical Designer) at AZZ Inc. in Fulton, he is currently finishing his Bachelor’s in General Studies with minors in Business and Computer Information Systems, to go along with his Associates in Computer Electronics. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Columbia and have one son.

Email: robbie.dale@gmail.com

Nate Bloss
Deacon & Family Group Leader

Nate has been a member of Richland since 2018 and a deacon since July 2022. Along with leading our 4th-5th grade family group, Nate is a trustee and occasionally preaches God’s Word on Sunday mornings. A farmer in Callaway County, Nate is also a traveling salesman. He and his wife, Katie, have four sons.

Email: bpherdsman@outlook.com

Robert Algiere
Deacon & A/V Team Leader

Robert has been a member of Richland since 2019 and a deacon since July 2022. Often busy around the church building setting up and fixing audio-visual systems, Robert also serves on our personnel team and volunteers with our Wednesday night TeamKID ministry. He works at the City of Columbia Power Plant as a Technician Supervisor.  Robert and his wife, Kayla, have three children.

Email: RobertAlgiere@gmail.com

Nate Morris
Deacon & Family Group Leader

Nate has been a member of Richland since 2020 and a deacon since July 2022. Along with being a family group leader, Nate has been a game leader for TeamKID and is currently a youth ministry volunteer. A mortgage loan closer at Flat Branch Home Loans, Nate also enjoys following his favorite sports teams – the Kansas City Chiefs, the Golden State Warriors, and Mizzou. Nate and his wife, Ashley, have two children.

Email: nam1988rub@yahoo.com

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