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Elder Peter Daniel Cunningham was born on February 26, 1969 in Miami, Florida; to the late Elder William Richardson and Mrs. Hazel Richardson. He was called home to glory, on May 22, 2022.
Peter gave his life to Christ at an early age. At the age of fourteen, Peter and his best friend, Bernard Robinson started “Tag Team Preaching”. Both of the young teenagers would preach at tent revivals and the church’s across Miami; spreading God’s word. Peter began Christian training under the leadership of the late Mother Robinson and Brother Bostick. He learned about Christ and his passion for youth and Mission’s work grew. Peter was licensed at age sixteen by his grandfather, the late Rev. Daniel Cunningham who served at True Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida. Peter served as the Youth Pastor.
Later, Peter graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High in Miami, Florida. He was involved greatly in the debate team. He was an excellent debater and received many awards. At age eighteen, after graduating high school, he attended Savannah State University and then joined the United States Army. He received an Honorable Medical Discharge at the age of twenty-three. After his military discharge, Peter studied at Beulah Heights Bible College in Urban Ministry. He was involved in the Mission Overseas Short Term (M.O.S.T.). He then attended Atlanta Christian College studying Christian Education where he began his travels internationally and continued his love for Missions work.
His next assignment was with Pastor Woodrow Walker at Abundant Life Church. He served and trained under Pastor Walker learning more about Christ Jesus. Years later, he was licensed and ordained by Pastor Walker. Also, he had the honor to serve alongside his father, the late Elder William Richardson at Abundant Life Church. Peter was involved in every capacity at the church and loved working with the youth.
While serving at Abundant Life Church, Peter met his future wife Valora Johnson and they were married on August 14, 1999. At their wedding ceremony, Peter announced that he legally took his dad’s last name and became Peter Daniel Cunningham Richardson. From this union were born two daughters, their first daughter Anaia Richardson on April 8, 2003.
When Anaia was four years old, Peter and Valora visited Canaan Land Church now known as Impact Gwinnett Church. Peter and Valora became members and began serving immediately. They welcomed their second daughter, Alaina Richardson on December 6, 2006. With the birth of his daughters, he wanted to impact other fathers and worked with the Fatherhood Initiative Program. Peter served under Pastor Don and Mona Brawley of Impact Gwinnett Church. He assisted and was involved in every aspect of the church’s growth, serving always in excellence. Peter was ordained as an Elder on March 29, 2009.
Elder Peter was involved in many ministries in the church. He was a mentor, director of youth, director of missions, served in the food pantry, prayer team, and counseling programs, just to name a few. He also worked diligently through the years at various jobs which included helping people. He was employed at Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Newton County Juvenile Court, Gwinnett County Motor Vehicles, Hands on Atlanta, and CFC Outreach Coordinator for Care Net of Atlanta. He had the perfect personality for each job to connect and reach the demographic at hand. Peter was a people person.
Elder Peter leaves to cherish his memory/legacy his wife Valora Richardson, daughters Anaia and Alania, mother Hazel Richardson, sister Rosa Cunningham, brother Emery Carter (Gloria), best friend/brother Pastor Bernard Robinson (Shanta). neice Janai’ Townes, Aunts: Diane Howard, Dorothy Boges, Catherine
Pinckney, Julia Weeks, Lillie Bostick, and Beverly Knight. Uncle: Timothy Cunningham. Mother-in-law: Doris Johnson. Sister-in-Law: Kimberly Grimes. Nephew: Bobby Grimes (Joliyah). GodParents: Mr. & Mrs. Percy Moore (Kathleen), Ms. Juanita Forehand, Ms. Patricia White, and Mr. Achie Williams. Also, many cousins, relatives, friends, and church family.
Preceding him was his father, William Richardson, Grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Richardson, Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Cunningham, and Grandmother Phyllis Pickney.
Elder Peter, you left your family and friends with a multitude of memories that will keep us laughing and crying out of pure joy for years to come. Your servants heart connected us together each day. Thank you! We will miss and love you, always.