Black Cats star Kieran Richardson says he found God in Sunderland

04/12/2011 - Barclays Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Sunderland - Kieran Richardson of Sunderland celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.
04/12/2011 - Barclays Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Sunderland - Kieran Richardson of Sunderland celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.
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A CHRISTIAN Black Cats player will tell a church congregation how he was “saved in Sunderland”.

Sunderland AFC full back Kieran Richardson revealed his faith in January last year when he celebrated Jesus after scoring both goals in an away victory at Blackpool.

In December, he unveiled an “I love God” vest while celebrating a goal at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 27-year-old has not spoken of his religion in public since although he has previously talked to the Echo about it.

Richardson and his family, including partner Natalie Suliman, joined Good Word Ministries, near Durham City, and he is preparing to tell his life story at the church next month.

He said: “I’ve been a born-again Christian for four years.

“I was saved in Sunderland.

“It’s changed my life for the better – through Jesus’s death.

“People need to know if they feel they can’t talk to anyone, the church is here for them.

“The main thing is having a relationship with God.”

Didi Dolopei, pastor of the church, added: “Kieran and his family feel privileged and blessed given their personal backgrounds.

“They’ve decided to use this privilege for the advantage of others by telling their stories and coming alongside as many as are willing, to bring encouragement and hope.”

Richardson will share his story at A Life-Changing Event, at Good Word Ministries, Durham Business Centre, Langley Moor, on Friday, May 4, at 7pm.