Toya Richards tapped for top OGA communications post

Recent Louisville Seminary grad formerly worked as PNS reporter

July 15, 2013

Toya Richards

Toya Richards


Toya Richards, an experienced writer, editor and reporter and a recent graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS), has accepted the call to become associate for communications in the Office of the General Assembly. 

In her new position, Richards will develop and implement communication strategies for the Office of the General Assembly, including press releases, articles, letters and the variety of social media. Richards will be working closely with the stated clerk in drafting regular communications in response to actions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly and in support of the continuing ministry of the church. 

The associate for communications also works closely with other General Assembly agencies, especially during the biennial meeting of the General Assembly.

Richards has spent 24 years engaged in various forms of communications work. Her experience includes work as a writer and editor at newspapers throughout the United States, including the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2005 Richards moved into faith-based writing as a reporter for the Presbyterian News Service. There she fully immersed herself in the life and work of the PC(USA) and began to more clearly hear God’s call to ministry and service. In 2008 Richards founded what is today Grace Multimedia, LLC, and shortly after that she entered seminary. 

In addition to her 2013 Master of Divinity from LPTS, Richards is a 1989 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she earned her degree in journalism. She is a licensed minister and an active member of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville. Richards is newly married to Theiron Martin Jackson, and their union includes three young adult and three teenage children. 

In making the announcement, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons said Richards “brings a real focus on communication strategy and social media and wants us to be so in tune with the congregations in Kansas that we can translate what happened in Geneva.” 

“I look forward to working collaboratively with a broad section of the denomination” Richards said in accepting the call, “and am committed to helping the body effectively communicate God’s will.”  

She begins her new position on Aug. 7, 2013.

  1. What God has for us, he has for us and only us. Yet only in his time according to his plan so we may fulfill our purpose, as we magnify his glory. Congratulations as you step into a new season of blessings.

    by Linda Fulton

    August 14, 2013

  2. Toya, whether you remember me or not from the Lexington Herald-Leader, I want to congratulate you on your associate position with the General Assembly and on your achievement of Master of Divinity. May God bless you and may you always follow His guiding light.

    by Kathy Stephens aka Kathy Aldridge or Kathy McCarty

    August 12, 2013

  3. Toya, I am thrilled to hear your good news; both on the new appointment and your marriage. God's blessings to you and your entire family. Toni

    by Tonia Phelps

    July 31, 2013

  4. Congratulations Toya! Blessings to you and your family in your journey.

    by Paula Welch Strange

    July 23, 2013

  5. Congratulations! This is so awesome- a call directly in line with all of your God -given gifts! May God bless your ministry!

    by Maureen Clark

    July 22, 2013

  6. Toya, Blessings and best wishes to you!

    by Deborah

    July 22, 2013

  7. Congrats to you Toya!! I pray all goes well!

    by La'Shonda Fletcher

    July 22, 2013

  8. Wishing you the best in each of your new ventures. You will be a tremendous addition to the team. We are proud of you.

    by Judy Johnston

    July 22, 2013

  9. Congratulations, Toya! I hope the transition goes well. Peace to you!

    by Tyler Mayfield

    July 22, 2013

  10. I always admire your professionalism and integrity. The best to you and your work.

    by DeBorah Gilbert White

    July 16, 2013

  11. Best wishes to you, Toya! And let us know if you need any help "translating" whatever's happening in Geneva.

    by Theodore Gill

    July 16, 2013

  12. Congratulations Toya! Alan and I have fond memories of our time wih you a few years ago when you intereviewed us during the Ecumenical Advocacy Days. We are so happy for you! We also want to, congratulate you on your recent marraige. It looks like you will be startng out with a wonderful family. Alan joins me is praying that God will continue to bless you as you begin these two new adventure in your life! With much love and prayers, Alan and Dottie Villesvik

    by Dottie Villesvik

    July 15, 2013

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