Richard Walker began as the interim pastor at Hurt Road Baptist Church in March of 2019. He has been in vocational ministry since 1987, and has served as the pastor of churches in Texas, Alabama and Georgia since 1990. For 18 years, he served as senior pastor of Macland Baptist Church in Powder Springs. During his time of service there, he served as the moderator of the Noonday Baptist Association and on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, as well as on various other convention committees and boards. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Covington Theological Seminary where he earned the Doctor of Theology degree in 1995. He and his beautiful wife, Teresa, a nurse practitioner, avid student of the Bible, and a medical missionary, are newlyweds, having been married in June 2018. They have four children and five grandchildren. In September 2018, Richard and Teresa founded The Vine Bible Study Fellowship, a growing Christ-centered discipleship ministry which meets at the Red Rock Community Center on Mars Hill Road in Powder Springs on Saturday evenings.