Richard E. Young was born in Springfield, Ohio to the late Suffragan Bishop and Mrs. Horace M. Young. He is married to Arlene Smith of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the father of three children and the grandfather of four.
Bishop Young has received two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Theology, one from the Pentecostal Bible College in Tuskegee, Alabama, and a second from Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served as First Assistant Pastor for fourteen years at Bethel Pentecostal Church under the leadership of the late Bishop William C. Abney in Grand Rapids.
In 1985, Bishop Young relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, from his first pastoring position of six years at Zion Temple Church located in Steubenville, Ohio. The name, “Pentecostal Assembly of Fort Worth” was later changed to New Life Christian Church. In 1990, Bishop Young was elected as Pastor to a second congregation in Fort Worth and he merged the two churches. In 1996, New Life Christian Church relocated to 4650 Campus Drive and a D/B/A name was added as "The Chosen Vessel Cathedral” (TCVC).
Bishop Young has been recognized around the world for his exemplary leadership and vision for the 21st Century Church. Early in the 1980s, he did missionary work in the British West Indies and established five Chosen Vessel Churches in Liberia, West Africa.
Locally, Bishop Young is a life-long member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., an international organization of over 3,000 churches world-wide, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. He has served this organization as General Secretary, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, the Program Committee, as Chairman of the Operations and Procedures Committee, and most recently the Vision and Structure Committee, a committee that formulated major infrastructure changes for organizational governance. He was appointed Diocesan over the Carolina State Council, 24th Episcopal District, and then remained Diocesan over the South Carolina State Council after the two states split. He was reassigned/reappointed to the Texas State Council in 2010, when he was also elected First Assistant Presiding Bishop.
Once again, Bishop Young expanded his ministry beyond the Texas border when he was appointed Bishop and overseer of 64 churches that made up the Carolina State Council. In a six year period, the number of churches grew to over 100. His work has been recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, published by the American Biographical Institute. Bishop Young also serves with the Fort Worth CAPA (Clergy and Police Alliance) Program, a coalition of pastors who work in partnership with the police department to serve the citizens of Fort Worth.
Bishop Richard E. Young is a man with a vision for God's house and leadership for God's people. Under his leadership, TCVC has enlarged it’s facility to accommodate a growing congregation. Today, a beautiful glass façade encases a state-of-the-art sanctuary, where all are free to join for worship. The Lord gave Bishop Young a vision of a multifaceted campus to bring evangelism beyond the four walls of the sanctuary. He recently celebrated the completion of the Community Life and Learning Center (shown to the left). The Center currently contains a basketball/volleyball auditorium, bowling alley, fitness center, sports café, several classrooms, and administrative offices. It is also the new home for Southwest Community Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) offices, a non-profit organization that Bishop Young founded in 2002.