Bro. Richard P. Oldham, 84, of Bowling Green, died Sept. 8, 2014.
The Louisville native served as pastor of Glendale Baptist Church in Bowling Green for 57 years and mentored more than 250 men and women, called “Swordsmen,” into full-time Christian ministry as ministers, ministers’ wives, missionaries and denominational leaders across the United States, throughout the Southern Baptist Convention and around the world. He was the founder of “Teentime,” a youth radio broadcast that has aired continuously for more than 50 years in Bowling Green, Camp Joy Youth Bible Conference that met in Brownsville for more than 40 years and Anchored Christian School in Bowling Green. During his ministry, he baptized more than 6,000 people. He was a graduate of Manual High School in Louisville, Campbellsville College, Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He was a son of the late Robert B. Oldham Sr. and Lessie Rogers Oldham of Louisville.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Glendale Baptist Church in Bowling Green, with burial at 11 a.m. EDT Friday in Newcastle Cemetery in Newcastle. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Glendale Baptist Church and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday. J.C. Kirby & Son, Broadway Avenue chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Glendale Baptist Church and its multiple ministries, including Anchored Christian School.
Oldham was preceded in death by a sister, Edith G. Oldham, and a brother, the Bro. Roger L. Oldham. Survivors include a brother, the Bro. Robert B. Oldham Jr. of Campbellsville, and a sister, Jeanne Carothers of Central Point, Ore.; nine nieces and nephews, John Oldham of Lansing, Mich., Mary Milby of Bartlett, Tenn., Karen Sizemore of Louisville, Ritchie Hale of Silver Grove, Mahala Mallicoat of Louisville, Roger S. Oldham of Greenbrier, Tenn., Craig Carothers of Nashville, Lori Calhoun of Ashland, Ore., and Scott Carothers of Seattle; 16 great-nieces and nephews; 16 great-grandnieces and grandnephews; and the entire Glendale Baptist Church family.