Rev. Ricardo Chalmus Flippin was born May 20, 1941 in Philadelphia PA. To the late Edward and Mary Louise Flippin. He was a retired US Air Force Non Commissioned Officer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War earning and being awarded many military honors while serving as an academic instructor at Lakeland Air Force Base and was chosen as Outstanding Performing NCO while stationed at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam.
Rev . Flippin was a graduate of South West Texas State University located in San Marcos, Texas. He also attended graduate school at University of Oklahoma, Our Lady of The Lake University of San Antonio Texas and Marshall University of Huntington WV.
Rev. Flippin answered his call to the ministry in 1975 while attending Macedonia Baptist Church of San Antonio Texas, under the pastorate of the Rev. Roland Franklin. He was ordained to the Baptist Ministry in June 1977. He served as interim Pastor of both Winchester and Shiloh United Methodist Churches where he served for six months. He also instituted an evening service for those desiring to do so while serving in Guam in 1978-79.
Rev. Flippin was very active in community and religious affairs. His activities as pastor were: Christian Education on the local, state and national level. He also traveled to Germany with the National Baptist Congress Of Christian education.
He was a member of the National Baptist Convention USA INC. Board of Directors serving as an instructor for the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education for five years. He also served as a member of WV State Baptist Convention, Mount Olivet District.
Rev. Flippin was recruited by Marriott Hotels in 1982 serving till 1986 as director of Human Resources. He managed hotels in San Antonio Texas, New Orleans Louisiana, Boston Massachusetts and Charleston WV. He worked for the City of Charleston as Director of the Martin Luther King Community Center. He was also formerly employed by the WV Council of Churches and the Kanawha County School System as well a former member of the Masonic Order.
In November of 1986, Rev. Flippin was called to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Charleston WV where he served faithfully until January 2004 when he returned to Philadelphia to care for his ailing mother. Rev. Flippin returned to Charleston in 2005 where he served as Pastor of the New First Missionary Baptist Church until 2010.
In 2010, Rev. and Mrs. Flippin joined The Father’s House MBC where they served faithfully as assistant Pastor and Church Mother. In January of 2015 he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Saint Thomas Christian University celebrated by friends, family and church family.
Rev. Flippin Received the CBMA Presidential Award in early 2003. He also received the Harvey Bush Charleston’s Finest award in March of 2016.
Rev. Flippin cherished the opportunity to teach and declare the written word of God. One of his greatest joys was to see the youth grow and flourish in the church as well in life.
Pastor Flippin was preceded in death by his parents, grandmother, two brothers, Daughter April and grandson JR (Jonathan Ricardo).
He is survived by his loving wife Jeannie of 57 years. 2 Children, Emily (Alphonso), Michael (Donita). 15 Grandchildren, David, Darius, Susan, Samantha, Arron, Aramis, Brittnee, Mikayla, Ricardo, Jasmine, Michael Jr, Alphonso Jr, Dawn, Casious, Jonathan Ricardo (deceased). 4 Great GrandChildren. Qudir, Dasia, Titlon, Jadaya.
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