Dr. Richard Belcher received his M.Div. at Covenant Theological Seminary and his Th.D. from Concordia Seminary. He came to Columbia International University to teach Bible and theology in 1976 after 20 years of pastoral ministry in Illinois and Missouri. During his time at CIU he taught Greek, Pastoral Ministries and Church History, and in the mid-1990s, he served as the director of the Pastoral Ministries program.

Dr. Belcher is the author of numerous books in the field of Bible study, theology, language and biography, including fifteen theological novels.