I Am Wilshire – Richard Luttrell.
Name: Richard Luttrell;
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma;
Education: BBA, Baylor University; MA, University of Oklahoma;
Present city: Richardson;
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Sally, and I have lived in Richardson for over 20 years. Sally is a corporate communications trainer and enjoys attending her local church. We’re supervised at home by Chloe, our two-year-old miniature schnauzer.
How about your work or volunteer life?
My professional career focused on advertising and marketing, the last 20 years as a marketing research manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Outside of Wilshire, I served as chair of the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission and currently serve on the board of my neighborhood’s homeowners association.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I am a devoted — some would say obsessed — college football fan. I’ve been a season ticket holder at Baylor for 30 years, and for 10 of those years I had season tickets at OU as well.
What is your favorite place to travel?
Carmel, California, for the scenery and Washington, D.C., for the museums.
What brought you to Wilshire and when?
While I’ve known about Wilshire for nearly 40 years — thank you, LeAnn Hampton — on Easter 2014 I attended with some friends. Through George’s message and the inspiring music — the “Hallelujah” chorus as a benediction! — God told me it was time to come home. I’ve been here ever since.
Where are you engaged at Wilshire?
I recently completed active deacon service, and I’m chair of the Missions Committee. I’m a member of Epiphany Class and John Kelly’s resident advisory team. My entry point to serve at Wilshire was as an usher and greeter, which I still do.
What has surprised you most about Wilshire?
Wilshire’s abiding commitment to build bridges rather than walls.
What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
I’m trying to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.
Tell us about your faith journey.
My parents were both healthcare professionals, so a sense of service was instilled in me and my sister. My church life growing up was the classic Baptist youth experience of the 60s and 70s — mission trips, choir tours and special times at Falls Creek and Glorieta. My church taught me abiding Christian faith was a matter of both the head and the heart. It really prepared me for my Wilshire experience.
If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming I Am Wilshire article, contact Carolyn Murray