Bland County pastor has rocky road to the ministry

Bland County pastor has rocky road to the ministry


BLAND, Va. (July 8, 2015) -- Kevin Richardson’s road to becoming a minister was filled with potholes. Troubled teen years, a third-grade reading level, divorce and long-distance truck driving created detours but never put the brakes on his call to do God’s work.

“The Lord called me to the ministry in 1999 but it took me four years to answer,” the Kegley, West Virginia, native said. “I preached my first sermon in 2003.”

He credits his grandmother, who took him to church as a child, with his early awareness of God. Richardson grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness denomination.

Placed in a group home when he was 15, Richardson completed high school but read at a third-grade level. He described himself as “a good strong C student.”