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Shady Hill Baptist Church
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Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Emeritus
Dr. James A. Richmond, Ph.D., D.D.


Retirement: December 2018 after 30 years

Dr. Richmond led Shady Hill Baptist Church to flourish in spirit, finance, infrastructure, and membership. A few examples include, new 500 seat sanctuary, renovation of old sanctuary to 300 seat dining room with commercial kitchen, new pews and furniture for sanctuary, purchase of five parcels of land with one for parking, and another with house, added more than 150 members, increased tithes and offering, purchased two 15 passenger vans, organized J.R. Male Chorus, ordained 8 deacons, and licensed 10 ministers.  This is only a small rendering of how the church prospered. Despite his numerous accomplishments and involvements, he always found the time to minister to the needs and concerns of the congregation and community.

Biographical Profile

Dr. Richmond was born in Orange County, Cedar Grove, NC, to Walter W. and Viola Love Richmond.

Graduated from Central High School in Hillsborough, NC, earned a B.S. degree from NC A & T State University in Greensboro, NC, a B.A. degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the M.S.  and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  He received Theological training at the Lay Academy of Religion at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC and the Institute of Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Employment has included, Professor of Science and Religious Studies at Apex School of Theology in Durham, NC, Adjunct Professor of Science at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, Visiting Professor of Biology at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC, and NC Central University in Durham, NC, and Adjunct Professor of Natural Resources at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. He retired as a Research Scientist from the US Forest Service in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Religious positions held include serving on the General Board of the General Baptist State Convention of NC, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, Vice President of Ministers and Deacons Union, Executive Board Chairman, Moderator from of the East Cedar Grove Association from July 1994 through July 1997.   Also, Licensed Minister (December 1987) with Lee's Chapel Baptist Church, Cedar Grove, NC, Ordained Minister (July 1988), East Cedar Grove Association, Creedmoor, NC.  For thirty years, from 1988 to 2018,he served as the Senior Pastor of Shady Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC.

Dr. Richmond's past and present memberships include, Veteran of US Air Force, member of Research Triangle Science and Mathematics Partnership, Durham Ministerial Alliance, Person County Ministerial Alliance, American Legion, Entomological Society of America, Society of American Foresters, NC Biotechnology Center, project Review Team, National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panel, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Life Member of the NAACP.

Dr. Richmond was married to Mrs. Shirley Brown Richmond who passed away in April 2017. They are parents of four children: Mesina R. Reddish, James A. (Art) Richmond, Jr., Valerie R. Williams and Monica R. Jenkins, grandparents of seventeen and great-grandparents of three.

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