Richard Larsen began attending People’s in September 2016. While growing up he attended East Main Church of Christ in Kalamazoo.
Richard learned about People’s through his mentors, Molly Fairbanks and Rick Johnson, who are counselors in a prisoner re-entry program.
If Richard has a problem he can call Molly or Rick; and Rick often gives him a ride when he needs one.
“I’d heard People’s was a gay-friendly church that did not judge,” Richard said.
He said he has found that to be true.
“Folks at People’s are friendly and non-judgmental,” he said.
“It’s important for me to feel comfortable at church. I was looking for a judgement-free zone where I can worship, and I found what I was looking for.
“I have strong beliefs and this church allows me to expand my beliefs,” he added.
Richard has worked on the grounds at church and is willing to help again. His hobbies are watching pro wrestling on TV, snowmobiling and fishing.
(Richard, 44, is single and living in Portage with his Dad until he can find a job and place of his own. He is taking classes in business at KVCC. His goal is to open his own greenhouse business someday. He’s currently looking for a part-time job.)