Avant 2014

Long active in bringing churches together for a common cause, the Rev. Richard Avant gave the invocation at an Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover prayer rally in August 2014. (Delaware State News file photo)

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In 2003 the Rev. Richard Avant joined with the Delaware Family Foundation to protest proposed legislation the foundation considered contrary to biblical teachings. (Delaware State News file)

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Calvary Baptist pastor the Rev. Richard M. Avant, right, joined with Mount Zion AME pastor the Rev. Rudolph were among those in 1999 expressing concern about areas in Dover where drug and prostitution activity was a problem. (Delaware State News file)

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The Rev. Richard Avant, longtime pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, was elevated to the position of apostle in the church in 2014. (Submitted)

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The Rev. Richard Avant and wife Bridgett enjoy a Christmas Cantata held at Calvary Baptist on Del. 8, circa 2002. (Submitted/Carlos Holmes)

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The Rev. Richard Avant is seen during a rare moment when he sang a solo with the Calvary Baptist Mass Choir during a Christmas cantata in 1999. (Submitted/Carlos Holmes)

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In March 2009, the Rev. Richard Avant was among those who gathered outside Legislative Hall for a rally in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage in Delaware as a union between a man and a woman. (Delaware State News file)

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The Rev. Richard Avant celebrated 25 years as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in 2007. He told the Delaware State News in an interview at that time that he was called to the clergy in a dream. In the dream, as he summoned Christians to sign a book for salvation, he embodied the power of The Incredible Hulk, complete with ripped shirt. (Delaware State News file)