About Us

Dr. Wilbert S. Richardson

Reverend Dr. Wilbert S. Richardson
Pastor / Founder of Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church

Dr. Wilbert S. Richardson is the Pastor of Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church, located in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Pa which began as a bread basket ministry that later became a church plant in November 1984. The privilege of shepherding a growing congregation has been a joyful and challenging pilgrimage.

He and his beloved wife Gwendolyn are blessed with (5) children, J'Phine, Ginger, Wilbert A., Lewis Aaron (home with the Lord) and Jazelle. He has 20 wonderful grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Richardson accepted the Lord and savior Jesus Christ at an early age, where he grew and was nurtured in the fear and admiration of God. He answered God's call to preach the gospel in 1979 and was ordained in 1981 at Calvary Baptist Church, now called Calvary Christian Church and later became pastoral assistant where he labored in various ministries for 3 years.

He is the recipient of:
B.A. in Biblical Studies from Geneva College; M.A. in Urban Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. in Theological Studies from the American University of Biblical Studies, Decatura Georgia; A Doctorate of Christian Service from Geneva College and is a Candidate for a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Management from American University of Biblical Studies.

He currently serves as:
President / CEO - Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) in Philadelphia, PA; Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Bible Institute of Islamic Studies (BIIS) in Philadelphia, PA.

He has previously served as:
Chairman of Board of Trustees - Center for Urban Theological Studies; Regional Minister of the Atlantic Association NAB Conference for 13 East Coast Churches; Member of the Board of Trustees - Geneva College; Member of the World Christian Council - Westminster Theological Seminary.





Service Times & Directions

We Invite You To Fellowship With Us

Sunday School: 9:30am

Children's Church: 10:45am

Holy Communion & Baptism: Every 1st Sunday

Youth Sunday: 10:45am (Every 5th Sunday)

Refuge Solutions (Prayer & Bible Study): Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Noon Day Prayer: 12:00pm - 12:30pm (Daily)

For any additional information, please call the church office at (215) 224-2024.

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Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church
1100 Oak Lane Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19126
Phone: (215) 224-2024
Fax: (215) 224-3255