Rev. Dr. Richard L. Horton
The ecumenical community was saddened to learn of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Richard Lamar Horton, senior minister of Park Hills Community Church, Reformed Church in America. (RCA) Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 10, at 1 p.m., at the church, located at 5247 Overdale Drive in the View Park area of Los Angeles.
Dr. Horton was born in Augusta, GA, and committed himself to the Lord at an early age at Elim Baptist Church. He relocated to Detroit, MI with his older sisters, and became a youth minister at Second Grace Methodist Church while at Northwestern High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas College in Tyler, TX, Master of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Doctor of Ministry degree from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA.
In 1971, he was ordained an Episcopal Priest in St. Paul’s Cathedral in Detroit. He relocated to Los Angeles and was Rector of St. Philips Episcopal Church from 1971 to 1978. He also served as Rector for St. Cyprian’s/St. John’s in Boston, MA; St. Mary’s in Augusta, GA and was the Canon at Trinity Cathedral in Newark, NJ. Rev. Horton was a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) and a charter member of the Los Angeles Chapter.
In 1984, the family returned to Los Angeles where he was ordained in the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He served as an assistant pastor to the Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore at Second Baptist Church. In 1987, he became the founding pastor of Eternal Promise Baptist Church and remained there until his retirement in 2002. His son, the Rev. Kyle V. Horton, succeeded him.
During his pastorate, Dr. Horton held positions on the local, state and national levels of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He served as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1992 to 1994 and on the Advisory Board of the Kimberley M. Horton Memorial Scholarship Fund founded in 1992 in memory of his daughter.
Dr. Horton was lead chaplain at the Angelus/Angelus Rosedale Chapels. He recently served as mentor to his son and two RCA pastors, Rev. Peter Watts of The R.O.C.K. Church and Rev. LaVelle Gates of Faith and Hope Community Church. He was also the chaplain for the Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Traffic Division.
His life will continue to be celebrated and remembered by his wife, Gladys Ruth, his daughter, Krystal, his sons, Kyle (Lorene), Kenneth and Kevin; sisters, Jeannette Bowman (Walter) and Wilhelmina Horton of Detroit, MI; grandchildren, Kyle R., Kasey, Kaleb, Kamron, Kimberley and Kamile Horton, Kellee Davis (Tyrone), Kristopher and Kailee Horton-Davenport; great-grandchildren, Kylie Horton and Kelise Davis; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues, and his devoted Park Hills Church Family.