Both Richard and Ellen Hayes grew up in Christian homes and came to faith in Christ at an early age. Richard felt called to the ministry as a young boy and took the step of preparing for ministry. Richard and Ellen met and were married while serving a church in La Puente, California. After serving in inner city and transitional communities in the Los Angeles area, Richard pastored a church in a mountain area north of Los Angeles where they were first introduced to Stonecroft Ministries and Village Missions. When it came time to make a transition, they felt led to Village Missions and have served with Village Missions for the past twenty years.
Richard and Ellen Hayes have served in pastoral ministry for just over 30 years, the past 20 years with Village Missions. They served Village Missions fields in Bangor, California; Edgewood, Washington; Foothills/Spokane, Washington; and most recently, Raymond, California. Richard has also taught at Moody Bible Institute, Spokane campus and Distance Learning and other institutions. Richard holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Talbot School of Theology/Biola University.
Richard has a heart for training up the next generation of Village Missionary pastors and is committed to encouraging and equipping those serving the Lord vocationally.
Richard and Ellen have been married for 30 years and have three daughters: Christina, who works at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in southern California as their marketing manager; Katie and her husband Steven, a captain in the U.S. Army and stationed in Hawaii, have given us the two most wonderful grandchildren ever, Audrey and Ezekiel. Our youngest daughter Carrie was married this past December to William; Carrie teaches sixth grade at a public charter school in Madera, California.
They have thoroughly enjoyed being in ministry and look forward to serving in this new role.