Has a tremendous passion for God's Word coupled with a love for God's people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that overflows throughout every facet of his ministry. Richard was born in Buffalo, NY and educated in Buffalo public schools. Graduating with honors from Riverside High School, he continued his education in Business attending Hampton (Institute) University and majoring in Mortuary Science at Simmons School in Syracuse NY.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." has been the theme for his ministry. His experiences and calling began in the 21 years he spent in St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church learning the art of loving people from Father Kenneth F. Curry.
He began his career in funeral service working in a family business Meadows Bros. Funeral Home started by his grandfather in 1936. He eventually began and operated his own funeral hone in 1988.
Called to ministry in 1983, under the pastorate of Elder Ureese Chillis, at New Hope Church of God in Christ, in Buffalo and trained in church administration working for the Second Jurisdiction WNY. He served the COGIC Diocesan Bishop as Provisional Secretary. He was ordained in the Church of God in Christ in 1987, as an Associate Minister he was a Missionary to Haiti. Working in missions in Port-Au-Prince, Desabbles, Carfu and St. Michel. Helping in Medical, Educational and preaching projects with Mother Irene Oakly of Philadelphia.
In 2000 he closed his business and moved to Virginia to begin a full time career in ministry. Serving as Associate Minister of Missions and Ministry Development at the Historic Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk VA. He led teams back to Haiti, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, before taking the position of Pastor of Herbert Baptist Church for four years on Virginia's Eastern Shore. He currently serves as Interim Assistant Rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, VA.
He studied completing his Master of Divinity, Virginia Union University, and completed post-graduate, five units of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) at Sentara Norfolk General and and serves on the prestigious Professional Advisory Committee with Dr. Russell H. Davis. He completed two years post grad of counseling education at Tidewater Pastoral Counseling.
In 2007, his desire, being led of the Spirit was to return to the Episcopal Church. In May 2010 he completed the graduate certificate in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Richard works as a Pastoral Counselor (AAPC) specializing in Grief Therapy working with victims of homicide and adjustment disorders. He is the husband of Linda Mose Meadows Author of the Blessedness of Believing: A devotional jouney of life's lessons and God's promises. who is the Parish Administrator of St. Martin's.
He has six children, Torrie, Courtney (1981-2005+), Michael (Morgan State), Mary (NC A&T), Taylor (Denmark Tech) and Jaycina (Virginia State) and three grandchildren. He loves kite flying, the beach, theatre and the arts. He sang with the Hampton Institute Concert Choir, the Grammy nominated Var-Son Community Choir (GMWA), and performed with the King's Troupe Theater Company. InFebruary he produced the theatrical production of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First One Hundred Years, at the Attucks Theatre and Cultural Center in Norfolk VA, directed by Artisia Green-Dallas of William and Mary College.