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Healing Word Christians first service Sunday
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Elder R. Victor Richardson and his wife, Carla Evette, will be opening up the Healing Word Christian Fellowship this Sunday in the conference room of America’s Best Value Inn, 1920 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
R. Victor Richardson received the “calling” about 10 years ago.

Back then, he was a veteran head chef aboard a cruise ship during training camp for the upcoming season in Seattle.

“I was in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing. I knew then I had to make changes in my life and quickly,” Richardson said on Wednesday.

That “calling” will take him full circle come Sunday. Elder Richardson and wife, Carla Evette Richardson, will be conducting the inaugural services of the newest church in Manteca, Healing Word Christian Fellowship.

“Folks can bring the kids,” he said. “Besides, I have a booming voice.

“I’d rather have kids running in church than running in the streets.”

For now, the non-domination ministry will be located inside the conference room of America’s Best Value Inn – formerly the Comfort Inn – at 1920 E. Yosemite Ave.

The event will kick off with Sunday school, from 10 to 10:35 a.m., spearheaded by Elder Richardson, Carla, and Deaconess Adriena Lee.

Sunday school will be followed by fellowship, from 10:35 to 10:55, with coffee, tea and snacks being served.

The worship service is scheduled to begin at 10:55.

“Part of the reason for the break is to take away from the intimidation factor,” Elder Richardson said.

A relaxed atmosphere as presented in an easy-to-understand approach is also what the Healing Word ministry is about, he added.

His church is inclusive to all people regardless of age, background, or ethnicity.

“We’re just following the word of Christ in action and endeavor,” said Elder Richardson, who is a long-time resident of Manteca. “No politics, no mess – it’s just the word.”

He credits Dr. Nelson Jones and his brother, C.A. Richardson, for their spiritual guidance over the years. They helped provide the blue print for his ministry.

“I learned to lead by being a good follower,” Elder Richardson said. “I became a good talker by being a good listener.”

As a church, he’s hoping that Healing Word will catch on via word of mouth.

“People can come here as they are and not worry about what they’re wearing,” said Richardson. “They won’t be judged.”

One of the mottoes for Healing Word is, “From this point, forward.”

For more information on Healing Word Christian Fellowship, call 209-402-4635.