Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
October 13, 2011
112th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 157, No. 153 — Daily Edition
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IN HONOR OF REV. RICHARD NANCE, JR.
(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1862] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR OF REV. RICHARD NANCE, JR. ______ HON. SAM FARR of california in the house of representatives Thursday, October 13, 2011 Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Richard Nance, Jr., whose leadership and social activism over the past 60 years provided inspiration for friends and colleagues alike. Rev. Nance served as the interim pastor of Antioch Baptist Church of San Jose and the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove. Richard was the fifth of eight children and was born and raised in South Carolina. Richard had long been involved with the ministries and at the age of twelve joined the White Plains Baptist Church in Laurens, South Carolina. He reported to Ft. Bragg in 1943 to serve in active duty in the army as a telephone and telegraph lineman with the 448th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion. After serving in the army, Richard was licensed to preach in 1945. He was ordained in 1949 and pastored three rural churches in Laurens and Spartenburg Counties in South Carolina. He attended Benedict College in Colombia, South Carolina and received his BA in May 1950 followed by a BA of Divinity in 1953. Richard then attended Berkeley Baptist Divinity School and earned a Masters there in 1956. In June 1956, Rev. Nance willingly accepted the call to serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove and continued to serve passionately there until 1992. Throughout his career, Rev. Nance made significant contributions to countless organizations. He served as the President of the Monterey Branch of the NAACP where his leadership allowed the branch to address housing restrictions and business and school hiring practices. Rev. Nance contributed to the efforts of both the Pacific Grove and Monterey Peninsula Ministers Associations as their President and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. In addition, Rev. Nance was an active director on many boards including those of the Managers of American Baptist Churches of the West, the Pacific Grove Kiwanis, Monterey County Children's Home Society, the Alliance on Aging, The Pacific Grove Library, and the Pacific Grover Police Review Board. Mr. Speaker, I know that I speak for the entire House in recognizing the tremendous accomplishments and contributions that Rev. Richard Nance, Jr. made throughout his bright lifetime. We honor the family that he loved and cherished: his wife Esther Collins Nance, who pre- deceased him, their sons Christopher and Marcus, and daughter Karen Small. On behalf of the United States Congress, I would like to applaud these significant efforts and honor his memory and to thank God for sharing such a wonderful leader with this community. ____________________