Richie Kingsmore

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Richard E. Kingsmore (born c. 1960 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a composer and arranger and former minister of instrumental music at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Kingsmore came to Shades Mountain from the First Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia in March 1989. He arranged music and directed the church's newly-established orchestra, and assisted music minister Aubrey Edwards with outreach programs such as the Birmingham Christmas Pageant and the New Wind youth choir.

He left SMBC in August 1992 to serve as composer-in-residence and orchestra director at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. They moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina with their three children in 1996 and is currently on staff at Calvary Baptist Church there.

In 1997 the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a 30-count indictment against Kingsmore and his wife, Kathy, alleging that they had solicited $3.4 million from investors for "Eurobonds", but in fact used the money to build a beachfront home in Florida and for overseas trips. Mrs Kingsmore was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Mr Kingsmore was convicted of aiding her and sentenced to 6 months.


  • Rozen, Miriam (November 7, 1996) "God and mammon." Dallas Observer'
  • Garrison, Greg (May 29, 1997) "Former area minister, wife face federal fraud charges." Birmingham News
  • "Dallas woman, husband sentenced in fraud scheme" (February 22, 1998) Amarillo Globe-News