The decision to name the La Sierra University Divinity School in honor of H.M.S. Richards builds on the longstanding relationship between the Richards family and the university. All of his children are alumni. The university’s H.M.S. Richards Jr., Lectureship brings to campus outstanding ministers chosen to address current issues in ministry.
The Virginia Richards Cason Endowment benefits the Women’s Resource Center and its focus on enriching education for women. The H.M.S. Richards Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a current religion student. And in 2003, the Richards family designated La Sierra University as the permanent location of the entire 10,000-book personal library, sermon notes, recordings, professional papers, and correspondence files of H.M.S. Richards, Sr., to enhance the resources available to religion students on campus.
“H.M.S. Richards’ blend of evangelism and scholarship, preaching and teaching, creativity and loyalty is a legacy we want to honor, continue, and enhance,” says the Divinity School dean, John Webster. “As a member of the Richards family put it, ‘Throughout his life, our father was centered on Scripture and passionate about grace.’ That is the spirit we want to live out here at La Sierra.”