Richard Wilde joined the Coventry and Nuneaton Circuit in September 2020 taking pastoral care of Woodside Avenue Methodist Church. Now semi-retired he works part time in this and the neighbouring South Warwickshire Circuit where he is chaplain at Stratford upon Avon Livestock Market.
Most recently he was superintendent of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Circuit where he served for nine years after a twelve year stint in Blackheath and Halesowen Circuit.
His roots are rural having grown up on a farm in Northamptonshire then worked as a fencing and farm contractor before training for ordination at Wesley College, Bristol. His ministry began as a mission partner In Zimbabwe (1984-93) the first half in rural communities the second half in Bulawayo.
He returned to the UK to be superintendent of Kineton Circuit in Warwickshire. He is married to Olive – they have five adult children and seven grandchildren.