Dr. Richard W. Bishop

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Dr. Richard W. Bishop

Dr. Richard W. Bishop, of Springfield, a retired pastor and professor of theology, died Thursday morning of complications with lung cancer. He was 96.

From a young age, Dr. Bishop's Christian faith was the driving force in his life, leading him to pastor several congregations across the country and to educate class after class of students in the teachings of the Bible.

A gregarious and inquisitive man, Dr. Bishop lived his life always taking a keen interest in everyone around him, from his students and congregants, to perfect strangers, often writing down notes about his conversations with them.

Well dressed and seemingly upbeat always, Dr. Bishop loved people and fellowship. While he took a scripture-based approach to his ministry and teaching career, it was immersed in the encouragement and engagement of those around him, and his desire to help people achieve their best.

Born in Summit, New Jersey, Dr. Bishop lived in China for a time as a young child, but grew up primarily in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1935.

Heeding a call to the ministry, Dr. Bishop went on to attend Central Bible Institute in Springfield, and Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, earning bachelors degrees in biblical studies and history. He later earned a masters degree in church history from the University of Washington in Seattle and a doctorate of ministry from the North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

During his time at Taylor, he met his future wife and mother of his children, Evelyn Jeanette Bishop, at a church service in Washington D.C. The two were married at a ceremony in Seattle in 1942.

Dr. Bishop would go on to serve as pastor of Seattle churches Brighton Gospel Tabernacle, Bethany Assembly and Faith Temple; Calvary Tabernacle in Chicago; Central Assembly in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and First Assembly of God in Lansing, Michigan. He taught Bible courses, history and homiletics at Northwest Bible College in Kirkland, Washington, and finished his career as a professor of practical theology as the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield. He retired in 1992.

In his later years, Dr. Bishop continued to teach at his church and was active in the senior adult ministry. Years after the death of his first wife, Evelyn, Dr. Bishop married Jacqueline O. Bishop in 1996 in Springfield. He continued to treasure time spent with his family and loved ones, and was never known to be too far away from a copy of the sports page.

Dr. Bishop leaves his wife, Jacque, three daughters, Betty Lou Greve, of Springfield, Cheryl Bishop, of Schererville, Indiana and Bonnie Salewski of Boise, Idaho; a son, Richard W. Bishop II, of Nixa; two stepsons, Robert Stanley Ingersol of Overland Park, Kansas and Chris A. Ingersol of Mt Vernon, Ohio; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Evelyn, Dr. Bishop was preceded in death by a grandson, John L. Pszczola II.

Visitation will be held on Saturday at Evangel Temple, 2020 E. Battlefield, in Springfield at 9 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m., led by Pastor Charles Arsenault. Dr. Bishop will be buried at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Richard W. and Evelyn J. Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund, Evangel University, 1111 N. Gladstone, Springfield, MO 65802, or online at www.evangel.edu.

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Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 13, 2014
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