Isaac and Celina have been married for over fourteen years and have nine children together. They share a strong Christ-centered philosophy based on Biblical principles of traditional marriage -- upholding the proper role of men and women in the home, societal, and church spheres -- and believe in the fundamental truth that life is God-given and should be sacredly guarded in all of its stages from conception to natural death. Isaac and Celina live with their eight surviving children in the Copper River Valley of Southcentral Alaska. Isaac is the pastor of Good Shepherd Bible Sabbath Fellowship, a home-based church founded on the principles of New Testament church organization and autonomy. They are members of the Bible Sabbath Association and Simple Church At Home Network.

Meet the Richards Family

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Restoring the Old Paths is a faith-based ministry founded and established for the sole purpose of proclaiming the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14:6-12, and is supported entirely from the gifts and love-offerings of God's people.

We believe in "earnestly contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints", and as such we uphold our belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, the Divinity of Christ, the Bible Sabbath and perpetuity of the 10 Commandment Law of God, and the worship of our Heavenly Father, the Creator of the heavens and earth, the One True God.

We currently have active mission projects in East Africa and book speaking engagements around the world upon request where Pastor Richards lectures on subjects such as Bible prophecy, history, true education, health, and family.

A Brief Bio: From a Prisoner of Sin to Preacher


From the prison-house of sin to a preacher of righteousness, Pastor Richards has an amazing testimony! The son of an American war (Vietnam) veteran turned drug addict (his father) and a practicing New Age spiritualist (his mother)...


John Isaac Richards

The Heart of the Gospel

We are an evangelistic ministry and believe that God has entrusted us with His grace and a message of hope, love, and present truth to be given to the world. The salvation wrought through the infinite sacrifice of Christ makes us debtors "both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise." Romans 1:14. It is only the method of Christ alone that will bring true success in winning souls for eternity. May God find each of us faithful and a wise steward of His grace!

About Us

Baptism in Nyamusi, Tanzania in 2016.

Meet the Speaker/Director

Pastor Richards speaking at church on Sabbath in Kenya, 2015.