Pastor's Bio


REVEREND Richard D. Shaw

Submitted by: Sharon Townsell

Rev. Richard D. Shaw is a native of Alabama. He began his ministry at the Fairfield CME church in Halsell, AL where he was licensed as a local preacher in 1997.
He has completed academic studies at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Al; Alabama State University in Montgomery, Al; and Governor’s State University in University Park, IL. Areas of concentration includes: Broadcast Communications, Speech Communications & Business Administration. Pastor Shaw is presently attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where he is six hours away from obtaining a Master’s of Divinity Degree.  
He is an ordained Elder of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a minister in Full Connection. Rev. Shaw’s pastorate started in the 5th Episcopal District; at that time, under the leadership of Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr. He later served under Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III. He has served in the Southeast Alabama Annual Conference and the Birmingham Annual Conference. His pastorate in the 5th includes: Shady Grove CME in Cromwell, AL (Supply 1998-1999); Little Walker CME in Butler, AL (1999-2000); Union Chapel CME in Ward, AL (1999-2001; Ebenezer CME in Lochapoka, AL (2001-2004) and the Mt. Zion CME Church in Alpine, AL (2004-2006).  
In 2006 He was transferred to the Michigan-Indiana Annual Conference under Bishop Stewart and assigned to the J. Claude Allen CME Church in Dixmoor, IL where he served for three years. In July of 2009 he was transferred to the Southeast Missouri, Illinois & Wisconsin Annual Conference and assigned to the Walls Memorial CME in Chicago. On July30, 2010 he was assigned to the St. Matthew CME Church in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Rev. Richard D. Shaw has served in other capacities of our Zion. He has served on the Ministerial Examination Committee in the Southeast Alabama, Birmingham, Michigan-Indiana and Southeast Missouri Annual Conferences. He briefly served as the accounts receivable auditor of the 5th Episcopal District and statistician for the Birmingham Region; under Bishop L. L. Reddick, III. He has served as the administrative assistance under (at that time) Presiding Elder Leo Douglas. He was elected as a delegate to the 2006 General Conference; in Birmingham, AL. In Detroit, MI. he was elected an alternate for the 2010 General Conference and was later named a permanent replacement as a delegate.  He has served on the Finance Boards of various regional districts. Presently, as a member of the Joint Board of Finance, Trustee Board, Economic Develop Committee, and Bishop’s Facilitator for the Southeast Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin Region.
            In the past he has served on the executive board of the Lee County Chapter of NAACP and the Board of Directors for the Dallas County Head Start Program. He has served as a member of the Lee County Adult Literacy Program of Lee County Alabama. He presently serves as a member of the South Suburban Association to End Homeless, a member of GEBS (Garrett Evangelical Black Seminarians), CBE (Church in the Black Experience), and is a Bold Leaders Scholarship recipient at Garrett-Evangelical. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Frat. INC.
            He is married (17 years) to the lovely, former Tondelenia Mechelle Bryant (Toni) and to this union Richard, II and Trentyn were born. He has an older daughter; Sherika Heard of Marion, AL.