Work. Rest. Pray. is written by Richard Frost MBE.

Married to Jane, who is a vicar, they live in Devon with Daisy, a cocker spaniel, and have two adult children. They serve in the Totnes Team Ministry. A Christian since 1979, Richard has been a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) in the Church of England since 2003. Richard is a Chaplain to the South West Ministry Training Course, Co-chair of the Diocese of Exeter’s Clergy Household Hub and a volunteer for Exeter Cathedral’s. He is also an Oblate (a ‘third order’, lay member of a Benedictine monastic community) at Mucknell Abbey.

Richard started work as an employment advisor in 1979 and specialised in supporting people with mental health conditions to remain in work. Working for Devon Partnership NHS Trust at Workways from 2002, he previously  worked for what is now Dept for Work & Pensions including working in Jobcentres helping people who were long-term unemployed and those who have a disability. In his work for the NHS he also developed and led Mindful Employer, an international ground-breaking initiative helping employers to support staff experiencing mental ill health. Richard moved on from this work in December 2018 to begin the next stage of life (some call this ‘retirement’).

Showing how it’s never too late to learn, having failed A-levels at school, he passed his driving test at the age of 38 and 15 years later, gained an MSc Vocational Rehabilitation. Richard was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for services to mental health.

Richard is available for quiet days, preaching and mental health awareness workshops – please contact him to discuss. gives details of his books: Life with St Benedict, Finding Stability in Times of Change, A Story to Tell (which also has a website version) and two novellas, Looking to Move On and Living the Difference.

Richard also has a YouTube channel containing a range of short films. Do join the Facebook group, follow on X (Twitter), Instagram and Threads.

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