Biographical Sketch of
Education: Graduate of Spencer High School in Columbus, GA. Attended Southern Bell Telephone School of Technology in Atlanta, GA; Graduate of First Born Seminary and Training School in Waycross, GA in Christian Education (1985); Prescribed study in "Fiber Optic Cable Splicing" and "Buried Cable Locating and Repair" at Wabash Valley College (Illinois Eastern Community College). Bishop Abe received his Doctor of Divinity Degree, May 25, 1998 in a special graduation ceremony at the University of Illinois, during the Annual Fellowship Conference.
Profession: Formerly served as Telecommunications Technician III. at the University of Illinois Urbana / Champaign; Social Service Specialist (counseling alcohol and drug clients for veterans in Columbus, GA); had more than 25 years of experience in Telecommunications Technology. In June 2000, Bishop retired from the University of Illinois to become full-time in the ministry. He became the Presiding Prelate of Living Faith Ministries International Christian Fellowship, Inc. in 1994.
Church Affiliations: He became Spirit-Filled in 1973 at Cottonton First Born Church of the Living God, in Cottonton, AL. He successfully climbed the ecclesiastical ladder from deacon to pastor at William Temple First Born Church in Columbus, GA (named changed to Zion Tabernacle during pastorate) and Mt. Creek, AL. Prior to pastoring, served on Board of Trustees, Church Secretary, President of Home Mission, President of Youth and Young Adult Choir, Secretary for Deacon Board, Sunday School and YPCW teacher; District Sunday School Asst. Superintendent and Finance Committee, District Youth President, and Mid-South Diocese Finance Committee. He moved to Champaign, IL in 1989 (Apostle Larry Simmons) and joined Greater Holy Temple in Urbana, IL. Served on the Minister's Board, Instructor for Advance Class "Through The Bible In One Year," sang in the Adult Choir, Sunday School Teacher for the Men's Class, and Prayer Intercessor. Affiliated with Kenneth Copeland Ministries; PHIPA (Potter's House International Pastors Association) with Bishop T. D. Jakes; MICA (Monument International Churches Association) with Dr. (Apostle) Richard D. Henton; and also formerly served as Illinois State Representative for Azusa Fellowship.
He established Living Faith Ministries, Inc. in Champaign, IL November 3, 1991 (University of Illinois Campus Ministry) and served as the Pastor with his wife serving as Co-Pastor. He later appointed his wife, Dr. Louise Richardson, as the Pastor after being Consecrated as International Bishop in Shape, Belgium, May 18, 1994. (The Officiate was Bishop Anthony Hatcher of Faith Outreach Ministries of Mons, Belgium). Bishop Richardson served as the Overseer of Living Faith International Christian Fellowship, consisting of affiliating churches and ministries.
Community Involvement: W.E.F.T. Radio "Breaking of the Bread"; U of I Religious Leaders Association; Religious Leaders Concerned Care; Matthew House 18 Board Member and Godparent; Task Force Committee for East Central Illinois Promise Keepers; Volunteer for UATC (Urbana Adult Transition Center); Jesus Is The Way Prison Ministry (Vandalia Prison); Board of Director for Word of Christ Ministries and Abounding Love Ministries; Illinois State Department of Corrections Volunteer Chaplain; Champaign County Jail Chaplain; Volunteer Hospital Chaplain; National Day of Prayer Steering Committee; Pastors Prayer Network Steering Committee.
Accomplishments: As a result of celebrating Christmas and a Wedding Anniversary in Amersfoort, Holland and Paris, France - he and his wife were invited and sponsored in May '94 by U. S. Armed Forces (Belgium) and attended Euro-Spirit '94 in Amsterdam, Holland. They conducted the Family Enrichment Seminar at the Military Chapel in Shape, Belgium. Bishop Richardson was Consecrated as International Bishop, May 18, 1994 by Bishop Anthony J. Hatcher, Presiding Bishop of Faith Outreach Ministries of Mons, Belgium. Received invitations to facilitate Family Enrichment Seminars in Africa, Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and Italy; VIP guest of Kenneth and Gloria Copeland Ministries October '95; VIP guest of Shepherd's Inn Program '96 (5 days at 7 Acres Resort) by Apostle & Sis. Louis S. Greenup, Jr. and VIP Guest at numerous occasions. Bishop was invited to Nigeria and was interviewed by and ministered on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) in Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2003, prior to a City Wide Revival and a Crusade in Nova Scotia, Canada.
School of Ministry: First Graduation Class for Living Faith School of Ministry was 2002.
Author/Publisher: Bishop Richardson is the co-author, with his wife, Pastor Louise Richardson, of "When a Husband Loves His Wife as Christ Loved the Church" (published April 2003), and is the author of "Right Covenant Relationships."
Governmental Awards: Presented the Key to the City of Detroit, Michigan with Resolution November 1993; Proclamations/Resolutions from the Governor's Office in Springfield, IL; and Mayors of Columbus, GA; Champaign and Urbana, IL for "Outstanding Community Service." Mayor McCollum declared November 17, 1996 as Abe Richardson's Day in Champaign, IL. Received Commendation Letter and Photos from President Clinton and Vice President Gore, for LFM Church Dedication Souvenir Program, August 31, 1998. Invited to the White House and the United States Capitol to participate in the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Ceremony at the swearing-in of President William J. Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. Monday, January 20, 1997 in the City of Washington.
Living Faith Fellowship: Pastor DeArmond Mathews is pastor of Antioch Outreach Ministries in Richton Park, IL; Dr. (Pastor) Arvia Palmer is pastor of Jesus Is The Answer Ministries, Inc. in Washington, D.C.; Pastor Albert White is pastor of Abounding Love Ministries in Baton Rouge, LA; Pastors Jack & Chanda Jones are pastors of Faith in God Christian Deliverance Church in Orlando, FL. Pastor James Starks, Jr., pastor of New Testament Fellowship Church in Joliet, IL is a spiritual son. Bishop Richardson was in covenant relationship with the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Hammonds Plains, Canada under the pastorate of Pastor Lennett J. Anderson, B.A., M.Div., D.D. of Nova Scotia, Canada and Pastors Kelsey and Druscilla Lewis of Pacific Revival Center in Honolulu, HI. Bishop L. D. Skinner, Apostle Robert Smith, Reverend Gordon Thurber, Pastor James Williams and their precious wives are very special ministry friends.