Kirchoff and Smith, retired pastors of Germantown UMC, receive 'Order of St. Andrew' award


From left, Rev. Richard Smith and Rev. Rick Kirchoff are recipients of the Order of St. Andrew award.

Two retired former senior pastors of Germantown United Methodist Church (UMC) in Germantown, Tennessee are recipients of the Order of St. Andrew award, according to an announcement by Germantown UMC.

Rev. Rick Kirchoff and Rev. Richard Smith have received the award, sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.

The award honors clergy and laity who have greatly influenced the life of the church and blessed lives through their personal ministry, according to the Foundation.

Kirchoff and Smith were nominated by the church, which released the below information about their nominations:


“Rick has taken the gospel to countless people as an author, consultant and radio personality, in addition to his over 40 years of ministry. During his active ministry, Rick served in the following roles: as a pastor in a multi-racial congregation, a denominational executive, an executive pastor and then senior pastor at a large congregation.

"A graduate of Lambuth University, Rick studied at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio where he earned both a Master of Divinity and Master in Religious Education.

"In retirement, Rick works with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, leading the Clergy Coaching Network.”


“Richard served over 46 years in ministry to and among local churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky. He was the former Asbury District superintendent for The Memphis Conference and founding pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Tennessee.

"Dedicated to encouraging congregations to learn to be faithful and effective witnesses to Christ in our contemporary culture, he has been active in the communities in which he has served in helping address cross-racial issues, offering concern for the poor, and providing outreach to less fortunate persons in the community.

"It is his belief that worship is the heart of the church and that all ministries, programs, and outreach must flow out of the meaning, power and effect of God-centered worship.”