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By David Knopf/Richmond News
There’s not much disagreement about how Robert L. Welker, Sr. preaches. Let’s just say he doesn’t mince words or hold back on the emotion or volume.
“For one thing, he preaches the old-time Gospel,” said Ed Lee Swafford, an elder in First Church of God and Welker’s longtime friend. “He doesn’t sugarcoat the Word.”
Welker, soon to be 83, retired from full-time pastoring in 1993, the year he and his wife, Helen, moved back to Richmond to be with their children. He focused on evangelical preaching, a format perfectly suited to what Swafford describes as his “fire and brimstone” style of delivering the Gospel.
“I was always known as a loud preacher,” said Welker, who’ll be honored by the Church Sunday with Pastor Appreciaton Day services and a basket dinner. “I was annointed with the Spirit. I studied quite a bit, but at lot of times I’d walk into a church and they’d ask me to preach.”
See the complete story in the Sept. 15 Richmond News.