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Church of God Tabernacle honors Walter H. Richardson

Miami Times staff report | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.

For nearly a century, Bishop Walter H. Richardson has served as pastor at the Church of God Tabernacle in Liberty City. At 91, Richardson is still moving church members with powerful sermons from the pulpit. Last weekend, the church honored Richardson for his 49 years of services with a luncheon on Saturday and a special worship service on Sunday. Church members praised Richardson, who has been more than just a pastor of the congregation. He is known as a mentor with a giving heart. He also became one of the first pastors to start an local outreach disaster program.

A down-to-earth humanitarian, church members admire Richardson for dealing with problems with unconditional love. A man of God, Richardson will not be retiring any time soon. He is known as a rock who helped strengthened and guide the church through challenging times. But Richardson himself encountered storms over the years. In 1996, after 49 year of marriage, his first wife, Missionary Poseline Richardson, died after a long illness. Richardson relied on the support of his congregation as well as his two sons, the Rev. Walter T. Richardson and Elder Alfred Richardson, both of whom followed their father’s footsteps into the ministry. Richardson remarried in 2006 to Betty Forbes, another missionary in the church.