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Adventist Broadcaster H.M.S. Richards Dies at 70

From "Beckett, John" <>
Date 19 Apr 2000 04:35:54

ANN Bulletin
Adventist News Network
Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters
April 18, 2000
Adventist Broadcaster H.M.S. Richards Dies at 70
Glendale, CA, USA .... [ANN]

H. M. S. Richards, Jr., speaker emeritus of the Voice of Prophecy
international radio broadcast, died of heart failure on April 11 at Glendale
Adventist Medical Center. He was 70. 

Pastor Richards' father founded the Voice of Prophecy ministry on October
19, 1929, with a radio program on KNX, Los Angeles. Harold Marshall
Sylvester Richards, Jr., was born six days later on October 25, 1929.
Pastor Richards entered the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
Dallas, Texas. Other pastorates followed in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and
Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1956, at a camp meeting in Keene, Texas, he was
ordained to the gospel ministry, with his father officiating.

In 1960 he was invited to join the Voice of Prophecy staff to assist his
father as associate director-speaker. Their roles reversed in 1969, and the
father assisted his son in the radio ministry until his death in 1985.

The Voice of Prophecy broadcast is heard either weekends or daily on 450
stations in North America. Overseas, programs in dozens of languages reach
into nearly every country from more than 1,000 radio stations. A weekly
television program airs on several satellite networks.

Pastor Richards is survived by his mother, Mabel (age 100); his wife, Mary;
their children, H. M. S. Richards III, Jon Lyall Richards, and Mary Margaret
Richards King; seven grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Cason; his
brothers, Kenneth and Jan; and several nieces and nephews. [Eldyn Karr]

Contact Information: 
Communications Department
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600

Phone: 301-680-6300

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