Our Staff

James Bethany- Senior Pastor



Richard Lavoie- Associate Pastor


Darlene Flakes- Church Administrator

After retiring from a career in Government service, Darlene began working at Richland as a volunteer, helping with administrative duties, and officially joined our staff in May 2016.   She enjoys working with church leaders and volunteers to ensure our church operates smoothly.

 Darlene is married to the love of her life, Cornealius (Richland’s worship team percussionist), and they have three grown sons and four grandchildren.  They are enjoying their empty-nest lives traveling and visiting their sons and family in different states. 

Darlene’s passions include her family, cooking, entertaining, exercising & volunteering.

Darlene is so grateful to be with Christ followers each day and for the opportunity to serve the body of Christ here at Richland.  You can find her ready to greet you with a smile and help you any way she can. 

Mandy Howard- Preschool Director

Amanda Howard joined our staff in 2011. She grew up in Springfield, Virginia and has lived up and down the East Coast. Amanda is married to Pastor Phil Howard and has 3 children. She serves here at Richland Baptist as our Preschool Director and alongside her husband at Berea Baptist where she is the Children’s Minister.