Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg


Dr. Caesar Roland Richburg, a native of Sumter, SC, is the Senior Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Columbia, SC, where he has served since November 2016. Previously, Dr. Richburg served for 10 years as pastor of Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church in Orangeburg, SC and for 18 years at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Greenville, SC.

Before entering the ministry, Dr. Richburg, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Claflin University, pursued graduate studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri where he obtained a masters degree in Administration. Other academic achievements include a Master of Divinity degree in Theology from Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC.

Dr. Richburg served as a Commission Officer in the United States regular Army (Infantry Branch).  Upon separation from the military, Dr. Richburg was employed by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in marketing and sales and served in Allentown, PA, Kansas City, MO and South Carolina where he served as Sales and Marketing Manager for the state of South Carolina and the Greater Augusta, Georgia area.

Dr. Richburg’s ministry has been described as one that reaches beyond the walls and pews of the church. He led the Allen Temple congregation in the construction of a state-of-the-art Community Development Center (50,000 square feet) used to provide ministries, programs and numerous beneficial and uplifting services to the greater Greenville community. Under Dr. Richburg’s leadership, the Center also offered tutorial programs during the school year, a Supplemental Service Program, which was offered to elementary and middle schools. The Center housed the first charter school in inner-city Greenville. During his tenure as pastor, Dr. Richburg also served as Chairman of the Board for the Allen Temple Community Development (Economic) Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation.

Offering leadership beyond Allen Temple AME Church, Dr. Richburg participated in successful initiatives in the areas of housing, community economic development. He supported partnerships and collaborated with various neighborhood associations in the Greenville community. Dr. Richburg served on the Board of Trustees for the Piedmont South Carolina Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church. He has served as a delegate to the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church since 1992. Dr. Richburg also serves as Chair of the Episcopal District (South Carolina) Board of Examiners, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Examiners for the Central Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Conference.

Dr. Richburg was selected as one of the 50 most influential people of 2006 in Greenville by Greenville Magazine. He is a member of the NAACP; he has served as the President of Rainbow Push Coalition (Greenville Chapter). Other distinguished memberships and achievements include member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., member of the Board of Trustees of Allen University, member of the Board of Directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletics,  former member of the Board of Friends of Juvenile Justice (FJJ), Founder of the Southern Midlands African American Family Reunion (Orangeburg, SC), Vice Chairman of the Board of the Martha Jean-Adams Heggins Foundation Institute, past president of the Ministerial Alliance of Greenville and Vicinity, Chairman of Greenville Technical College Multi-Cultural Advisory Board, Co-Founder of the Greenville HBCU Basketball and Football Classics, and the African American Upstate Family Reunion. Dr. Richburg was very instrumental in pursuing MLK Holiday as an official Holiday in Greenville County, SC.

At Williams Chapel, Dr. Richburg pursed ministry beyond the walls of the Chapel. In an effort to engage cutting-edge ministry, he organized the West End Riverside Community (Economic) Development Corporation to help position the community where Williams Chapel is located as a kingdom corridor, where affordable housing is made available. He served as Chairman of the Board and serves as a Chaplin for the Orangeburg County Sherriff Department.  Dr. Richburg also served as an adjunct professor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and has served as its immediate past chairman.

In addition to serving as pastor of Allen Temple and Williams Chapel, Dr. Richburg also served as pastor at Benton Avenue A.M.E. Church in Springfield, MO, Friendship A.M.E. Church in Summerton, SC, and Mount Lebanon A.M.E. Church in Due West, SC.

Dr. Richburg is married to Ella Gadsden Richburg; originally of Saint Stephen, SC, and an educator in the Orangeburg County District 5 School District. Dr. and Mrs. Richburg have three daughters: Felicia (Calvin) Sellers, an educator in Richland County School District II, Kendra (Kevin) Blanton, a dentist,  and Tiffany an anesthesiologist. He is also the grandfather of one grandson, Peyton Richburg Sellers.