Reverend Dr. Richard A. Dent is the Pastor of the historic First African Baptist Church of Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Reverend Dent graduated from Voorhees High School in Denmark, South Carolina and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical and Health Education from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his Master's in Urban Education from Antioch Graduate School of Education and his Supervisory Certificate from Temple University. As an educator, he held the position of Instructional Supervisor of Physical and Health Education with the School District of Philadelphia for 20 years before retiring in 1991.
He holds membership in several professional and fraternal organizations, including Kappa Delta Psi Honor Society, the National, State and local Associations for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Reverend Dent is a member of both the Baptist Minister's Conference and the Missionary Minister's Conference of Philadelphia and vicinity. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors at Palmer Seminary and Eastern University.
Reverend Dent has served as Deacon, Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Administrative Assistant to the former Pastor of Monumental Baptist Church the late Dr. M.M. Peace, Sr. Licensed to preach on August 23, 1981, he was ordained on January 17, 1982. Reverend Dent works closely with various religious and business leaders in Delaware County. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Community Development Corporation, which brings needed services to the Darby Township Community. He supports the Delaware County Juvenile Court's rehabilitation program. He is active with the South East Delco Foundation for Education, and the Delaware County Family Center's Advisory Board. Deeply concerned about health issues affecting African Americans, he works closely with the Heart Association and the American Red Cross to bring health related seminars, conferences and fairs to the community.
A recipient of the prestigious Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship for Ministerial Study, Pastor Dent completed his studies toward a Master of Divinity Degree at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminar in December of 1984. In 1998 Reverend Dent completed studies for the Doctor of Ministry in The Renewal of Church for Mission Program at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reverend Dent is married to Beatrice Collins Dent and they are the proud parents of a son, Richard A. Dent III, and a daughter, Jennifer J. Dent and they have been blessed with a daughter-in-law, Karena Dent and grandsons, Jalen, Kamron and Richard, IV.