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Rev. John M. Richardson

Rev. John McKinney RichardsonJohn Richardson
Interim Regional Pastor and President

Start Date at Christian Church in Ohio
June 26, 2017

Email John at: jrichardson@ccinoh.org
Call John at: 614-433-0343 ext 1

Regional Church Office Responsibilities: 

  • Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 15
  • Adult Conference
  • Anti-Racism / Pro Reconciliation
  • Commission on Ministry
  • Congregational Transformation Ministries
  • New Church Ministries
  • Ohio Disciples Outreach
  • Ohio Women’s Ministries
  • and other duties as needed

 

Biographical Information

 

Married to Jeannine Richardson, RN, for 44 years. Two Daughters:

  • Rev. Julie Richardson, associate minister, First Christian Church, Louisville, KY, development manager, Eastern Area Community Ministries, Louisville
  • Joy Lynn Richardson Moon, LCSW, Seneca Family Services, and husband, Rev. Zachary Moon, PhD, Chaplain 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Reserve.  Professor of Pastoral Care, Chicago Theological Seminary

Three grandchildren:

  • Madeleine Joy Brown, age 10 years
  • John Gabriel Richardson Moon, age 5 years
  • Ruby Lynn Richardson Moon, age 4 years

 

Hometown:     Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Education

High School:   The historic Little Rock Central High School, 1969

College:           Harding University, Searcy Arkansas
                         Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1973

Seminary:        Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas
                         Master of Divinity, 1983

 

Clinical Pastoral Education:   

  • Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, 1979-80 (1- Extended Basic Unit)
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Children’s Hospital/Texas Heart Institute – 1983-85 (2 – Basic Units and 5 – Advanced Units)

 

Ecclesiastical

Ordained: March 24, 1985, Bellaire Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Houston, Texas

 

Congregations Served:           

  • Derby Church of Christ, Derby Kansas, 1978-1980
    Youth Minister
  • First Christian Church, Bay City, Texas, 1985-1988
    Senior Minister
  • First Christian Church, Winder, Georgia, 1989-2000
    Senior Minister
  • First Christian Church, Athens, Georgia, 2002-2003
    Interim Senior Minister

 

Church Organizations Served:           

Campbell-Stone Christian Centers, Atlanta, Georgia, 2000-2001, Director of Development

 

Regional Church Served:       

Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina
March 2003 until retirement December 31, 2016

 

Volunteer Positions

  • General Board, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), ex officio, 2003 - 2016
  • Barton College, Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2016
  • Week of Compassion Advisory Committee, 2005 – 2009, chair 2008
  • United Church of Christ Insurance Board, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2014
  • National City Christian Church Corporation, Board of Trustees, 2008 – 2015
  • North Carolina Council of Churches, Governing Board, 2008-2014
  • College of Regional Minsters, President, 2010 - 2012

 

Reflection on Ministry

     As church, we travel through life as a faith community. We learn, re-learn and experience that which has been learned and experienced by those who journeyed before us.  Our travel enriches our relationships and strengthens our faith.

     The Bible is our travel guide.  A book which might be described as a journal—a travel journal—of individuals, families, and tribes, describing for us the experiences of peoples who travel on a long, long journey: a journey of people, traveling toward a destination that is never quite reached; a journey of people seeking to return to that from which we come; a journey we never completely understand or appreciate, except we travel immersed in the experience that is the very purpose of the journey…that all the journal entries ultimately describe…that is the ultimate destination.  It is the journey we travel—the journey of love.

     As a faith community, we regularly disperse for life and ministry, and gather as community at Table for worship and encouragement of one another. Our love of God, and love for one another binds us together in relationship.

     Like the book we hold as sacred, our collective lives are a collection of stories describing the best and worst of human behavior…war and peace…greed and humility…narcissistic ambition and selfless sacrifice…relationship in covenant, and relationship broken out of covenant…good and evil…faith and doubt. The Bible is a book of ancient stories, which are, with different names, the same stories we hear about in the news today.  It is a book about life the way it is, and life the way we wish it were.  It is a book about us.

     The church is the community called to travel this journey in faith--knowing our calling is to travel the road, in faith, with integrity and offering compassion to those along the way--friend and stranger alike--and trust God will care for the future.

     For those called to the vocation of Christian ministry, we are given gifts to prepare, teach, lead--at times, with prophetic fervor--discipline, and comfort those with whom we share the journey.  Administration of the community is important.  Faithfulness to our calling is essential.

Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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