Terry Richardson has served as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, South Orange, NJ since February 1997. The motto of their church is “Impact the World” by impacting lives. Their mission is to “Reach the Lost and Develop People.” More than 1,300 persons have joined FBCSO since his arrival.
Dr. Richardson graduated Temple University with a BA in Business Administration. He earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS), New Brunswick, NJ. He is an Adjunct Professor at Essex County College where he teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and World Religion.
He has served on many community boards. Under his mentor, the late Revered Leon Sullivan, Dr. Richardson was a guest to the United Nations in NYC, and accompanied Rev. Sullivan on his last “African Summit and World Meeting” held in Ghana, Africa.
Dr. Richardson has also served on the “Community Leadership Advisory Committee” South Orange/Maplewood Superintendent of Schools, Peter Horoschak, Trustee of the “South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race,” Chaplin of the “United Chaplin International Worldwide Outreach, Inc.,” and member of the South Orange/Maplewood Clergy Association.
He developed and created state approved supplemental education tutorial program, “Knowledge Is Power Learning Center,” and the “Eternal Light Community Development Corporation 501 (c) (3),” which saw the community-wide launch of the “Young Lion’s Rights of Passage Program” for At-Risk youth boys in the South Orange/Maplewood School District.
He stands on his spiritual convictions of the spreading the Gospel and advancement of socio-economic and political equality and unity in community. As a result, their church plants monetary seeds locally and around the world to promote human dignity and relief of the poor. They have donated $10,000 towards the construction of a school in Swaziland, Africa. Over $12,500.00 to survivors of Tsunami victims in Africa, South Asia, and Haiti. They recently donated $10,000.00 for the national relieve efforts to the Philippines and have created local partnerships in the initiative to “Stopping Out Hunger” and address poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, and education. During “Storm Sandy,” their church served as a 24 hour charging and heating station several day straight for families and individuals in community and around the community without electricity, food and shelter. Their church also partner with the Newark YMCA and the Essex County Prosecutors office to provide, shelter, clothing and food for citizens in need, and eradicate domestic violence.
Dr. Richardson is a recipient of the 2000 Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., “Pursuit of Excellence Community Service Award,” the 2004 “Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award,” the 2010 “Service Above Self, Religion in the Community Award,” and the recipient of the 2012 Community Service award. He and their church was named “Church of The Week” by Christian Talk Radio station WMCA 570AM in NYC. He was named “Villager of the Month” by South Orange Village. Dr. Richardson is married to NaDeen Richardson. Together they are the proud parents of Deven, Kayla and Jeremiah Richardson.