Rev. Richard Allen Washington, Sr.

Reverend Richard Allen Washington, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of the New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Lithonia, Georgia. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and English from the University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, Georgia; and the Master of Divinity Degree in Urban Education/Church Growth and Homiletics from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. There he was an Isaac Rufus Clark fellow and a Donald G. K. Ming Scholar. Rev. Washington is currently pursuing the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (Th.D.).

Rev. Washington is a member of the Metropolitan Who’s Who of Religion and the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year for Columbus State University. Currently, Rev. Washington serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Board of Directors for Covenant Counseling Center of Snellville Georgia. He is also a member of the following National Organizations; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Prince Hall Mason, 100 Black Men and Jack and Jill of America.

Prior to Rev. Washington’s appointment to New Bethel A.M.E., he has also served as the senior pastor to the First A.M.E. Church (FAME) of Athens, GA and the Saint James A.M.E. Church of Columbus, GA.

As pastor of First A.M.E., Rev. Washington led the congregation in the following accomplishments: burning the mortgage of church property, renovation of church property, retiring all debts on church-owned property and established the following new ministries: Grief Ministry, Marriage/Single Ministry, in partnership with Tom Camp of the Samaritan Counseling Center of North Georgia, College Ministry, Gender Mix Ministry with Counseling & Psychiatric Services of University of Georgia (CAPS) and Lent Season Ministry, Beyond Ethnic Boundaries.

While pastor of Saint James A.M.E., he served the city of Columbus in many different ways. Rev. Washington served the Mayor of Columbus as one of her spiritual advisors. He was the chairperson of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference Fiscal Team and also served as the President of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference. In addition, Rev. Washington restructured the fiscal debt of “Elevator Towers” and reduced the debt from $938,000 to $500,000. Saint James A.M.E. became a 21st century focused ministry guided by the vision of L.I.V.E. Over 130 new families joined Saint James A.M.E. under Rev. Washington’s leadership and one of the greatest blessings to Saint James A.M.E. was his development of an Employee and Ministry handbook. This administrative book provided 21st century ministry processes for Saint James.

One of Rev. Washington’s greatest personal loves is that of radio broadcasting. During his college years he served as the voice of the campus during the Night Storm radio music show. He also had his own Saturday morning radio show while in Athens, Georgia and pastor of First A.M.E., in which he discussed current events relative of the country, city and local communities of Athens. In addition, the 8am hour, Sunday morning worship service, was broadcasted each Sunday, as the, “Sunday Morning Words of Encouragement”.

Among the many gifts and talents, which God has blessed “P-Dubb” with, as he is affectionately called, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. “P-Dubb” is a natural encourager and motivator, which allows many to seek his support.   “P-Dubb” is a frequent lecturer on many college campuses across the country. He has recently lectured at the University of West Georgia, the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, Columbus State University, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, the APERO Brown Bag Lecture Series, the Southern College Health Association Annual Meeting: Bridging The Gap Between Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health and many high schools.