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810 Norton Road Lakeland, FL 33809
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Richard Meadows joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating high school, and later became a career fire fighter. He became a certified paramedic, where he eventually was hired by Reedy Creek as a paramedic with fire standards for ALS rescue. He retired in 2007 with 33 years in fire service.
Later, Richard went to the Florida School of Preaching, which he completed in 2 years. His evangelical career began as a teenager, while he was working, as a young Bible instructor, and filled in as a preacher whenever he was needed. Upon graduating the Florida School of Preaching, Richard went on a missionary trip to Costa Rica.
Upon his return, he and Joe Morgan kept the North Lakeland congregation going, as our primary preacher, J. H. Blackman, had passed away.
Richard married Connie Smith January 15th, 1980. They have 3 children, and 7 grandchildren.
Joe Morgan was born in Appalachia, Ohio in September of 1941, at the beginning of WW II. He graduated from Portsmouth East High School in 1960, Hocking College (A.A. in Lodging Administration), and Ohio University (B.S. in Secondary Education, 1964). Joe started preaching at the age of 16 after completing a course called "Speaking for the Master" by Batsel Baxter. His goal in life was to teach so that he could afford to preach in small churches that could not afford to pay a minister. He began teaching at Oak Hill High School in 1964, and preached in several churches in southern Ohio.
In 1967 Joe became the full-time minister at the Port Clinton Church of Christ. When he quit teaching, he worked in construction and became a licensed Master Plumber and Electrician, later going into management for Motel 6 in Ohio and New York. Eventually, Joe was transferred to Florida, where he took classes at the Florida School of Preaching and began preaching at the North Lakeland Church of Christ.
Joe married Barbara Carpenter in 1964, and had 4 children. He is blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. After his wife passed away, Joe later married Ruth Shantz in 2012.
Joe is now retired and serving as an assistant minister at the North Lakeland Church of Christ. In his spare time, Joe enjoys traveling, trains, and waterfalls.