Richard Randolph grew up in North Carolina.  His father was a United Methodist minister and his mother was a school teacher.   As a youth, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. In 1983, Richard married LaGreer Hoover, and they have two children, Justice and Eden.

Richard received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University in North Carolina.  While at Duke, Richard earned varsity letters in Cross-country and Track.  He was also involved in student government, serving terms as a Senator in the student legislature and as Attorney General, responsible for overseeing elections. 


In addition, he also served on the specially constituted committee to revise and re-write the Duke Student Government Constitution.  Following graduation from Duke in 1978, Richard earned a Masters of Divinity degree (1982) and a Masters of Arts in “International and Developmental Economics”(1981), both from Yale University in Connecticut.

Richard was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served parishes in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference for seven years.  One of his churches -- Providence United Methodist Church in Kemptown, Maryland -- grew from part-time to full-time status during his ministry with them.  After seven years in parish ministry, Richard went back to school.  He received his Ph.D. in Religious and Philosophical Ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.  

As Richard’s doctoral studies were concluding, he accepted a position as Program Director at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.  The Center is an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  After working at the Center for three years, Richard was invited to join the faculty at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.  He taught on the faculty at Saint Paul for seven years.  In 2007, he left Saint Paul and joined the faculty at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).  At KCUMB, he headed up the development and launch of a new Masters program in Bioethics. 

Academically, Richard has given invited lectures in Brazil, South Korea, and Russia.  He has participated in a seven-year ethics consultation with the Chlorine Chemical Council, concerning environmental and ethical issues that arise from chlorine-based products.  And, he has also participated in several ethics advisory groups for NASA. 

Richard’s wife, LaGreer, is also originally from North Carolina.  She works as an IT Analyst in the HR department for Payless Shoes in Topeka.  Their son, Justice, graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2010, and he completed a Masters in Political Science at the University of Kansas in 2013.  Justice is currently a Program Manager in the Development Office of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  Their daughter, Eden, is a Junior at Kansas State University, majoring in Political Science.  LaGreer and Richard also have two dogs and two cats. For hobbies, Richard enjoys cycling, hiking, and backpacking.