Central has been blessed through the years with many dedicated friends attending our events. Each year, some of them gain their eternal reward. Although our events continue, we miss those people who enjoyed them with us. The college has a group known as Dedicated Friends to help us remember the ones who have gone before us. Tonight, we honor Jack Richardson as a Dedicated Friend of Central Christian College of the Bible.
Jack Richardson was born in 1936 in Macon County, near Atlanta, Missouri. He graduated from Macon High School in 1953. He attended Chillicothe Bible College in 1956, completing 12 credits before the college closed in December. The next spring, Northern Missouri churches planned to start a new Bible College. Jack attended planning meetings and helped prepare the original facility. When classes began that Fall, he transferred into the college he helped start. On Jack was the 16th student enrolled on September 2, 1957. According to his file, Jack preached the first Sunday of every month at Union Chapel in Jacksonville, Missouri.
The following year, Karen Westergaard, who had also been a student at Chillicothe Bible College, transferred her credits and became student #42. Although Jack Richardson came with firm Restoration Movement convictions to learn more about the Bible, he never earned his own degree. But he did earn a lifelong companion. Jack and Karen Richardson were married in 1960 in the basement of Union Avenue Christian Church.
Gareth Reese said of his former student, “Jack worked diligently at his classes to master what was being taught, but he was more interested in what he could build with his hands than in filling a pulpit and being a preacher. I think he was never quite confident he could be a preacher, but he was confident he could still help churches fulfill their mission in another way.”
Jack went to work as a Project Foreman for Goodman Church Builders. He built churches and colleges in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Tennessee. The facilities Jack helped construct at Ozark Christian College, Johnson Bible College, and Central Christian College of the Bible have helped thousands learn God’s Word and consider special service for the church.
Pelfrey Hall was one of Jack’s buildings. As foreman, he read the blueprints, ordered materials, hired workers, and monitored the accuracy the work being done.
When one workman was installing the drop ceiling grid, he noticed the blueprints had the hallway ceiling tile at two different heights. After Jack heard about the inconsistency, he consulted the blueprints, studied them carefully, and found that the plans called for two different heights. Jack reaffirmed that the grid should be precisely installed according to the plans. And if you look up when you walk into the hallway outside the Ferneau Center, you can see a one-inch difference in ceiling height at the doorway in the hall. That’s because Jack made sure the plans were being followed.
In the same way, Jack wanted to make sure the church did things as described in the New Testament. He was constantly promoting the principles of the Restoration Movement. During the first part of Jack and Karen’s marriage, they moved a lot, but they became involved in the local Christian churches where they lived. They were members who could be counted on to be there and do whatever the congregation needed.
When he and Karen were in Moberly, they were very active in Union Avenue Christian Church. They were married in the original building’s basement, and he later helped build the upstairs and the auditorium. His last project before retiring was Pelfrey Hall, and he and Karen stayed in Moberly. They and their three children were an active part of the community. Jack was a devoted husband and father, as well as Grandpa to ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jack always loved the College he attended. Through the years, Jack and Karen came faithfully to our events. They enjoyed seeing many of their friends, especially their classmates from the College’s early years.
After Karen passed away in 2015, we recognized her as our Dedicated Friend at the 2016 Women’s Banquet. Jack attended that night, watching with pride as his wife was remembered. The last event he attended on our campus was December 7, 2016, when we recognized Ron Self for his longstanding service to the Board of Directors. He and Ron had been fellow Central students, church members, and Moberly residents. Jack walked across the street from a local care center to eat lunch and see his friend honored.
Less than three weeks later, shortly after suffering a stroke, Jack went to be with the Lord, two days after Christmas. When it came time for his funeral, the family selected Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, formerly the home of Union Avenue Christian Church. That location was meaningful to Jack Richardson for almost 60 years.
His friendship in all these ways is why we honor Jack Richardson as a Dedicated Friend of Central Christian College of the Bible. Offering gifts in his memory helps provide the Full-Tuition Scholarship to students like him and his wife, who come to learn God’s word and prepare for a lifetime of service.
We are thankful that the family of Jack Richardson has made a generous lead gift towards our 2018 Men’s Day Offering and we invite you to join with his family in making a donation in memory of Jack to help provide Full-Tuition Scholarship Funds for the students of Central Christian College of the Bible.
If you are giving by credit card, the card information will be requested after completion of the form below. If you would prefer to give from a bank account, you may type the account information within the form. Secure payment processing by Bluepay Processing Services. To give by check, please make checks payable to Central Christian College of the Bible and mail to 911 E. Urbandale Drive, Moberly, Missouri 65270. Please write “Jack Richardson Memorial” in the memo line. Thank you for your tax-deductible gift.