Philip and Fiona Richardson
OMS missionaries Philip and Fiona Richardson are based at the OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Philip has a passion for engaging people with the Bible and helping them interpret it within its original contexts and apply it to their own situation. He works with the Theological Leadership Education and Discipleship team (TLEAD), coming alongside the many Bible colleges, seminaries and training programs around the world that partner with OMS. He will also have opportunities to teach and equip international church leaders through building online resources for in-depth Bible knowledge and understanding. He is excited to see what God will do through these leaders, who will become leaders of leaders and teachers themselves all over the world.
Fiona’s passion is to equip and encourage people as disciples and disciple-makers. She delights in building up leaders to work with women by developing written resources, training trainers, and praying for God’s transforming Spirit to move in the nations. She also loves to pray with and for missionaries through the OMS World Intercessors team.
Philip and Fiona are from England. After volunteering and working with churches there, they began a partnership with a mission agency (Crosslinks). In 2002, they moved to work under the Anglican Church for a region of churches in Tanzania, East Africa. While there, they adopted their two precious daughters, Bethany (born 2003) and Jasmine (born 1997). They spent several years training pastors, lay leaders, young adult leaders, children’s workers, and women’s leaders through teaching, building teams, and writing resources until they left in 2010.
God opened up the way for Philip to study for a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, which was a huge blessing to all the family. Fiona continued prayer ministry; writing resources; speaking, training, and leading Bible studies with a women’s ministry in the U.S., while continuing to work on publishing and distributing Bible study resources for young women’s ministry in Africa. Philip enjoyed opportunities to teach at the master’s level during his time at the seminary and grew in his love for building up leaders all over the world as he studied among many internationals.