"Rotarians should be the ethical experts in business."
Dr. Peoples shared with Rotary both the value and importance of living the concepts of Vocational Service.
Rotarians channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. Vocational Service is one of the five.
Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. It is rooted in the Second Object of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians, which calls on us all to “encourage and foster”:
- High ethical standards in business and professions
- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
- The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
Dr. Peoples said the 4-Way Test was a wonderful litmus test for guaging how to act ethically in business.
Is it the TRUTH?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
If we keep these four goals in mind, our actions -- both in business and in our everyday lives -- should also be ethical.
Dr. Rich Peoples is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and mechanical engineer.
A native of North Carolina, he graduated from the University of Florida
with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in USS Sellers (DDG-11) and USS Santa Barbara (AE-28). After leaving active duty, he worked as a senior engineer and project manager for Tracor Applied Sciences while continuing to serve as a Naval Reserve Officer reaching the rank of Lieutenant.
After establishing a civilian career, he was called to Christian ministry and attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Louisville, KY where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1991. While in seminary, he served as Minister to Adults at the Ninth & O Baptist Church. After graduation he served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dundalk, MD for seven years. During his tenure as pastor that church was recognized as one of the most evangelistically effective churches in America. After his ministry in Baltimore, he served as senior pastor of Scotts Creek Baptist Church in Sylva, North Carolina for ten and a half years during which the church had over sixty baptisms and over 150 other additions. Dr. Peoples received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice University
in Atlanta in May 2010 where he also assisted in teaching leadership and organizational management to masters and doctoral students. Dr. Peoples most recently served as pastor of Grace Community Church for seven years. Dr. Peoples is currently available for pulpit supply and for service as a interim pastor.
Dr. Peoples is employed as a mechanical engineer at Duotech Services
in Franklin, NC where he manages the mechanical fabrication lab and provides mechanical engineering support to solve the engineering, reverse engineering, repair and re-manufacturing problems of military and civilian agencies, as well as aerospace and commercial users of electronic and electromechanical equipment. An advocate of life-long learning, he recently earned a degree at Western Carolina University in the Masters in Technology Program
He is a member of the Franklin Rotary Club
where he is the Club President Nominee-Designate, serves as vocational co-director and has been recognized as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He formerly served as vice-moderator of the Tennessee River Baptist Association, president of the Baltimore Baptist Association, parliamentarian of the Baptist Convention of Maryland-Delaware, president of the Community Assistance Network (A Community Action Agency), vice-chairman and treasurer of United Christian Ministries
, and president of REACH of Jackson County. He is an alumnus of Leadership Baltimore County and Leadership Jackson County.
One of his personal passions is Christian missions. He has led and participated in over twenty mission trips to Moldova, Romania, Lithuania, Philadelphia, Mexico, Mississippi, Florida, Hershey, Chicago and New York City.
His wife Renee is a Teaching and Learning Coach at West Elementary in Swain County. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree in Religious Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and was the NC Western Regional Teacher in 2008-2009. He and Renee have two adult sons William and Daniel, two daughter-in-laws Ruby and TJ, and three grandchildren Maddie, Wren, and Eli.