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Richard Beamon Martin

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The Right Reverend

Richard Beamon Martin

Suffragan Bishop of Long Island
ChurchEpiscopal Church
DioceseLong Island
In office1967-1974
OrdinationFebruary 1943
by Albert Sidney Thomas
ConsecrationFebruary 2, 1967
by John E. Hines
Personal details
Born(1913-02-23)February 23, 1913
Peak, South Carolina, United States
DiedApril 11, 2012(2012-04-11) (aged 99)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
ParentsBenjamin Butler Martin & Viola Glasgow
SpouseAnnelle Hoover
Alma materAllen University

Richard Beamon Martin (February 23, 1913 - April 11, 2012) was a bishop in The Episcopal Church.[1][2]

Early life and education

Martin was born on February 23, 1913 in Peak, South Carolina, the son of Benjamin Butler Martin and Viola Glasgow. He was educated at the Georgetown High School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1937 from Allen University. Later he thought languages and social studies at Georgetown High School. He then studied at Bishop Payne Divinity School, which merged with Virginia Theological Seminary in 1949. Martin graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Divinity. In 1955 he graduated with a Doctor of Divinity from Allen University.

Ordained Ministry

After graduation, Martin was ordained deacon on June 8, 1942 and priest in February 1943. His first assignment was as priest-in-charge of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Sumter, South Carolina and St Augustine's Church in Wedgefield, South Carolina. In the meantime, he also was an educator of philosophy and English at Morris College. In 1944 he became rector of Grace Church in Norfolk, Virginia and was also Archdeacon of Southern Virginia. Between 1963 and 1967 he served as rector of St Philip's Church in Brooklyn, New York and between 1965 and 1967 he was also the Archdeacon of Brooklyn.


He was elected Suffragan Bishop of Long Island in 1966 and was consecrated on February 2, 1967 by Presiding Bishop John E. Hines in the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York.[3] During his time as bishop, he was known for his reconciling spirit and as an advocate for recruitment, training and deployment of Black people seeking Holy Orders. His autobiography was published in 2006, when he was 93.[4][5]


  1. ^ "LONG ISLAND: Former Bishop Suffragan Martin dies at 99". Episcopal News Service. April 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "UPDATED: Rest in Peace: The Right Reverend Richard Beamon Martin". The Union of Black Episcopalians. The Episcopal Church. April 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Richard Beamon Martin". The Episcopal Church. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. April 30, 2003.
  4. ^ Martin, Richard Beamon (2006). On the Wings of the Morning; Two Islands, One Church. Garden City, New York: The Diocese of Long Island. ISBN 9780615132105.
  5. ^ Belshaw, G. P. Mellick (Spring 2007). "Book Review: On the Wings of the Morning: Two Islands, One Church". Anglican Theological Review. 89 (2).
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