Richard came to serve First Baptist Hayden as Worship Pastor in May of 2009. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children. Their daughter, Bekah, is married to Drew Braden, and they also live here in Hayden. Maggie Braden, Richard and Suzy’s first grandchild, was born in November of 2012 and Joanna (JoJo) came in 2016. Richard and Suzy’s son, Josh Metts, is married to Lizi, and they live in Nashville, TN. Richard graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1984 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After serving in the ministry for a few years, he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Richard has served in various church staff positions through the years, but his passion is leading worship.