“Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”
Jeremiah 3:15 NIV
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 ten 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. In addition to serving as pastor of Allen Temple, Williams Chapel, and Bethel, 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.
Before entering the ministry, Dr. Richburg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Claflin University, then pursued graduate studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, where he obtained a master’s 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. Also, before entering the ministry, he served as a Commission Officer in the United States Regular Army (Infantry Branch). Upon separation from the military, Dr. Richburg worked in marketing and sales in the Allentown, PA, and Kansas City, MO markets for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Then, he served as sales and marketing manager for the state of South Carolina and the Greater Augusta, Georgia area.
Dr. Richburg’s ministry reaches beyond the walls and pews of the church. He led the Allen Temple congregation to construct a state-of-the-art Community Development Center (50,000 square feet) 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 and a supplemental service program 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 A.M.E. Church, he participated in successful housing and community economic development initiatives by supporting partnerships and collaborating with various neighborhood associations in the Greenville community to build twenty-five (25) houses. He was a co-founder of the Greenville HBCU Basketball and Football Classics and the African American Upstate Family Reunion. Dr. Richburg was instrumental in pursuing M.L.K. Holiday as an official Holiday in Greenville County, SC. He is an NAACP member and has served as the President of Rainbow Push Coalition (Greenville Chapter). Dr. Richburg served on the Board of Trustees for the Piedmont South Carolina Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church. In 2006, Greenville Magazine named Richburg one of the 50 most influential people in Greenville.
At Williams Chapel, Dr. Richburg participated in a wide range of in-depth ministries beyond the Chapel walls. In a cutting-edge church, he organized the West End Riverside Community (Economic) Development Corporation to help position the community contiguous to Williams Chapel as a kingdom corridor, where affordable housing is made available. Dr. Richburg founded the Southern Midlands African American Family Reunion (Orangeburg, SC), was Vice Chairman of the Board of the Martha Jean-Adams Heggins Foundation Institute, and was past president of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Board. He served as chairman of the Board and serves as a chaplain for the Orangeburg County Sherriff Department. Dr. Richburg also served as an adjunct professor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.
At Bethel, Richburg embarked upon a rigorous plan of restorative work on the church’s aged structure by 1) upgrading the HVAC system; 2) retrofitting multiple spaces for functionality to more adequately and efficiently house ministries and offices; 3) performing general maintenance and reinforcing the structural integrity of the building, protecting against water damages to the building, and ensuring a standard of safety in response to the impact of climate change and weather-related effects to the building structure;