When Grace newcomer Calvin Richardson moved to Oregon just over two years ago, it was partly for the kind of life he imagined he could make here in Portland. He hoped to find a slower pace than his past few years in Boston had provided and, as an avid hiker, biker and rock-climber, he was excited by the easy access Portland provides to the Pacific NW wonderland of outdoor activities! Portland and the region haven’t disappointed. In addition to scaling Smith Rock and hiking in British Columbia (ask him about his bear encounter), Calvin’s enjoyed tasting Portland’s best beers and getting to know the city by bike. As a Manager of Provider Partnerships for Regence BlueCross BlueShield, he works to find innovative ways to lower the cost of healthcare so that it can be more readily available to anyone who needs it.
Calvin is the oldest of four kids and was raised in New England and Tennessee in the Southern Methodist church. In his late twenties he found the Episcopal Church and appreciated its ability to honor both tradition and a progressive view of what it means to be Christian. He’s found Grace to be a place that serves as an important, inclusive vision of Christ and Christians in our community, and he’s looking forward to continuing to make Grace, and Portland, his home.