Bishop Walter H. Richardson of The Church of God Tabernacle in Miami to be Honored for 49 Years of Faithful Service

Bishop Walter H. Richardson of The Church of God Tabernacle in Miami to be Honored for 49 Years of Faithful Service

It isn’t every day that a 91-year-old is physically strong enough to stand in the pulpit and preach a soul-stirring sermon. Bishop Walter H. Richardson is such a man.

On April 26 and 27, his church family will honor him for 49 years of service as pastor of The Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City. It will be a glorious time, with a celebration luncheon at noon Saturday and special worship services on Sunday.

Bishop Richardson, who accepted the Lord in 1945, was anointed pastor of the church in 1965 after the death of his aunt, Evangelist M. E. Richardson. She had served as the pastor for 15 years.

Over the years he has been more than a pastor of the congregation; he has been a mentor to the community as well. A man with a giving heart, Richardson is one of the first to start an outreach whenever there is a disaster here or abroad. He is a no-nonsense man, but one who loves unconditionally. He likes to say that he doesn’t know how long he will be able to preach, “But I’ll be here until He [God] calls me home. I don’t see where Peter, James or John (biblical characters) retired … so I’m trying to be like them,” he said.

Throughout his spiritual career, Richardson said one of the things that has inspired him the most has been, “… seeing souls changed from a life not pleasing to the Lord to become followers of Him. That’s been the most memorable thing for me as a pastor.”

In the early days as pastor of the church, there were a few rocky times, he said. “But that is to be understood whenever a church, or any organization is going through changes.” He said he thanks the Lord for those members who have stood with him from “day one.”

“Being surrounded by those souls who have been with me from the beginning, and who have been faithful to me through the tough times as well as the good times, have been a big blessing to me and to the church,” he said.

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Source: Miami Herald | BEA L. HINES

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