- Affectionately called "Preacher Dick", he was received into the White Oak Flats Baptist Church in October of 1839 "by experience". In October of 1843, he was granted the right "to exercise a public gift wherever his lot Should be Cast." He was ordained at the church on the 27th of October 1846 "through the assistance of Brothers Isaac Kimbro and Eli Roberts as presbytery..." (Church minutes book of White Oak Flats Baptist Church). This began his long and fruitful service to the Lord and his fellow man.
Beside the Gatlinburg Church, he served New Salem Church, Lebanon in the Glades, Friendship in Greenbrier, the Hills Creek Church and at both Evan's Chapel No. 1 and 2. He also made visits to the Indians in North Carolina. Dr. Burnett, in his book about pioneer ministers credited Richard Evans with converting more than 10,000 souls to Christ and personally baptizing more than 1,800 persons.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 158.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 106, 130.
"Smoky Mountain Family Album," Gladys Trentham Russell, 1984, p 128.
"Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage", 1994, p 52.
"Mountain Ways", Gene Aiken, 1983, p 126.