Dick and Shirley worked tirelessly for SPC from the time they joined Stony Point Church in 1972. Dick was quickly elected an elder and taught adult Sunday School classes which were legendary, moving many to attend and then commit themselves to SPC according to the accounts of those who attended his lessons.
His influence in the larger church was extraordinary as well. He twice served as moderator of the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Synod, an unusual calling since he wasn’t an ordained pastor, and oversaw the denomination’s decision to merge with the Presbyterian Church in America during his second term. In 1985, he was elected without opposition as Moderator of the PCA, served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Covenant College, authored several books, including Business Ethics in a Changing Culture, and was a regular contributor to the Presbyterian Journal.
But the most important contribution Dick and Shirley made to SPC during their 13 years as members was the informal, around-the-kitchen-table discussions they offered to anyone who needed guidance and help.