I'm a native Californian, born at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, and raised Military. My wife, Jasmine, and I have been married 35 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
After graduation from College I worked in Insurance, managed various businesses in the Bay Area and was a business owner for almost 4 years. After experiencing a personal calling from God I entered Bible School and eventually came to San Pablo to Pastor an inner-city Church.
We ministered to attendees, the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, sex workers, etc. but primarily our focus was the children in San Pablo, Richmond and North Richmond.
Our initial work was setting up Saturday mornings outside of drug-ridden apartment complexes around the City with clothes give-aways, a portable kitchen to serve hot pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate, coffee, orange juice and pastries. Each location became a bus stop for picking up the children and their parents that were interested in coming to our meetings.
I started a Children's Choir, drove a donated 32 passenger bus to take the children and youth camping at a Lake in the summers and to play in the snow in the winters every year. At the same time I enjoyed serving as a police Chaplain, community college and high school Basketball assistant Coach, organizing citywide activities with local Churches and other events for the community.
All this led to me getting elected to City Council in 2012 and serving as Mayor in 2016. I chose to step away from Pastoring in 2013 to focus on serving our community on the Council and as a substitute teacher in the local school district.
Apostle City Ministries is a redefining, a reorganizing, and a refocusing of a culmination of the past 20 years of my service in the community - all this for a greater effectiveness in making our community a better place to live for everyone who chooses to call San Pablo home.
Currently Rich is Mayor of San Pablo, a SPEDC Board Member, and Assistant to the CaNDP Taskforce.
He also teaches Public Speaking to Youth at Able2Shine. org. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d2lxH7oQiQ&authuser=0
My wife Kasanita, and I are Pacific Islanders of Samoan and Fijian Descent. We have a passion to work with our brothers and sisters of the Native American Community.
I have had the privilege of living on the reservation at Round Valley (Covelo), in Northern California. Round Valley consists of seven tribes, six of which are the descendants of tribes that were forcefully displaced from other areas of the west coast. Round Valley, like every other Reservation, has its share of alcoholism, suicide and hopelessness, because of the atrocities perpetrated against the Native American people.
Our goal as Cultural People, is to implement programs that integrate Native American dances and traditional values to build relational bridges holistically - spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
We live on the reservation because it is crucial to developing trust and relationships. We plan on implementing “life skills” programs for the children and young adults and also support families through the distribution of much needed necessities. Our goal is to embrace all age levels of the community.
We also travel to neighboring reservations building bridges of hope.
I have traveled and ministered in different cultural groups and have come to see the need for instilling hope, identity and value through each distinctive people group culture.
I can be supported through your donations to Apostle City Ministries. Please consider your donation.
Apostle City Ministries exists to be a refuge for Believers in Christ, and to collaborate with others to improve the quality of life for all in our City.
Our Mission is to make the world a better place, in and through, Jesus Christ! Leave it better than you found it!
ACM Believer’s Creed
You are a blessing from God, so
Be a blessing to God!
Be a blessing to your family!
Be a blessing to the Saints!
Be a blessing to the world!
ACM Statement of Faith
ACM Form of Worship
Our form of worship is free and informal, spontaneous and structured, from all the examples in the Bible. We use musical instruments, singing, flags, banners, arts, video, etc. as is honoring to the Lord.
ACM Christian History
Our Christian Church history in the City of San Pablo goes back to the late 1940’s. It was at that time that several believers came together and began meeting and praying together in a little run down store on the corner of 15th St. and Mission Ave. They eventually purchased all four corner properties and built their buildings which are still there today with a parking lot. They also operated the San Pablo Christian School for almost twenty years in that property. Their name changed over the years from Calvary Church, Calvary Assemblies of God, Revival Generation Ministries and Revive San Pablo. Apostle City Ministries is the continuation of the past 70 years of this Gospel Kingdom Ministry stream in San Pablo.
Our plans throughout our history has been, and will continue to be, to raise up men and women who are called by God, who are living a godly Christian life, serving the Lord consistently and effectively, who acknowledge and surrender to their calling, shall be recognized and ordained by our authority in Christ.
ACM Affiliation with Other Churches
We are in fellowship with a group of Churches and Ministers referred to as The River, an ordaining ministerial Gospel Association, located in California, as well as other Churches and Ministries throughout the State.