Bro. Richard P. Oldham

Bro. Richard P. Oldham, 84, of Bowling Green died September 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 fulltime 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 fifty 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, Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, 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 in Newcastle Cemetery in Newcastle, Kentucky, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Visitation will be at Glendale Baptist Church from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday. J. C. Kirby Broadway 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, Oregon; nine nieces and nephews: John Oldham, of Lansing, Michigan; Mary Milby of Bartlett, Tennessee; Karen Sizemore of Louisville; Ritchie Hale of Silver Grove; Mahala Mallicoat of Louisville; Roger S. Oldham of Greenbrier, Tennessee; Craig Carothers of Nashville, Tennessee; Lori Calhoun of Ashland, Oregon; and Scott Carothers of Seattle, Washington; 16 great-nieces and nephews; 16 great-grandnieces and grandnephews; and the entire Glendale Baptist Church family.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the J.C. Kirby and Son Broadway Chapel