Writer | Author | Speaker | Pastoral Counselor
My name is Richard Kent Matthews. I have been on the spiritual path for as long as I can remember. I began singing when I was about five, then progressed into the church and school choirs, trios and solos. Afterward, I pursued my professional life and returned to music in the early 90s. I eventually began doing guest musical appearances at various churches around Western Oregon in 1999. And I have been singing off and on, mostly on, ever since. It is my joy, my calling, my best work.
Controversial, a bit radical, free thinker, vegetarian, cat lover, reader (loves Powell’s Books in Portland).
Traveled a bit, lived in Canada, stationed in Louisiana and Germany, spent 10 years in Colorado before spending the last 24 years in Oregon. And started out in California many years ago! Left in 1973.
Loves tomatoes, flourless breads, coffee, teas of many varieties, almonds, cashews, and seeds of all kinds.
Has great friends, has lost many friends to many conditions including alcohol and drugs, cancer, AIDS, and old age.
No kids but loves kids. Married once; involved, well, many times.
Mostly free from racism, sexism, homophobia, but not perfect in anything. Still growing, maturing, and laughing a lot.
A former barber, office worker, caregiver (spent 15 years with one patient. Nearly the best gig of entire life), and a former drunk and heavy smoker (quit both 24 years ago). Also an ex-holy roller. Did my best drinking, smoking, drugs, promiscuity, lying, crying, and fearing while a holy roller.
My spiritual path has changed dramatically since leaving fundamentalist religion. Glad to be free, indeed. (Updated July 12, 2014)