Richards is a corrupt and wholly insane televangelist from Mars, Alabama, who is the head of the Pastor Richards' Salvation Statue Organization, an organization which promises salvation (in the form of a radiation-proof giant living space/effigy of Richards) to all those who pay him very large donations. However, he later reveals that he was actually planning on using the donated money to build himself a palace mansion in Hawaii during his time as a guest on Pressing Issues (VCPR).
By the end of the segment, Pastor Richards snaps, and, disgusted by Barry Stark's nudism, pulls a gun on Stark and shoots him in the genitals, while Jan Brown passes out. Barry survives and "is in need of a proctologist". Pastor Richards also ends up claiming the station as his own for a short while. Pastor Richards was also once invited to a boat party by Juan Cortez, the only time he actually appears.
VCBI Crime Tree Record
- PASTOR RICHARDS
Degenerates will ruin this great city, in my wonderful book I tell of the impending disaster about to befall this planet, nuclear holocaust plages of fly and rodents. The seas rise and up and turning yellow. It is coming. It is written by me, but you can save yourself. Contribute to the Pastor Richards salvation statue fund. Pick up your telephone, call now 1-866-9-SAVE ME!”
Prominent Appearances in Missions
- Along with several other past characters, Pastor Richards is one of the honored names on the sidewalk of Vinewood Boulevard.
- Richards was supposed to have a larger role in the game than his brief appearance in Cortez's party. The idea was ultimately scrapped.
- Richards seems to be based on real-life televangelist/con-artist Peter Popoff, as both rose to prominence in the 1980s and both promised salvation in exchange for monetary donations only to use the money solely for themselves. He also has some cues to preacher Jimmy Swaggart, which also was a very famous televangelist with dubious background and involved in several sex scandals.