Rev. Dr. Tar-U-Way Richard Allen Bright, Sr. serves as the Executive Pastor of Turner Chapel AME. He maintains extensive administrative and ministerial duties.
Rev. Dr. Bright says his personal mission is easily summed up by the undeniable and unequivocal fact that he is no accident or coincidence in God’s cosmic order of things (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-15). He is destined and uniquely positioned to make a difference where God has positioned him (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Rev. Dr. Bright is an avid runner, enjoys working out daily, reading, dancing and playing with his two children. In his leisure time, Rev. Dr. Bright loves to play hymns on the organ. Rev. Dr. Bright’s joyous attitude is contagious. He never lacks a big smile or joyful laugh. Rev. Bright says his favorite bible verse is Psalm 27:4 because he strives to be like David - a worshipper that desires only one thing; to behold God’s beauty and dwell in the presence of God all the days of his life.
Rev. Dr. Bright is a proud native of Liberia, West Africa. He is the son of The Rev. Canon J. Jellico Bright (a retired Episcopal Priest) and Mrs. Eliatha K. Bright. Rev. Bright attended the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Theology Degree with honors. In 2001, he graduated with honors and awards with a Master of Divinity in Theology and Homiletics from the Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree also with honors from the ITC in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rev. Dr. Bright is married to the beautiful Mrs. Retta “Sugarpea” Bright and they are the proud parents of Tar-U-Way Jr. and lovely, TaRetta Melody.