Terry Lamont Richardson studied Business Administration as an undergraduate at Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees (with a focus on Urban Ministry) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
From 1997 to present, he has served as Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of South Orange, in South Orange, New Jersey. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, teaching Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and World Religion from 2009 to 2013. He has sat on numerous community boards, working collaboratively with faith-based and community organizations, local and state governing bodies including Home Land Security, Essex County Prosecutor Office, and the Isaiah House Shelter for Families, East Orange, New Jersey.
Among his achievements at record is his becoming a 2018 Amazon Best Selling Author in the categories of Christian Faith and Christian Prayer. He created the Knowledge Is Power Supplemental Education Learning Center, his being honored by the New Jersey State General Assembly for distinction in community leadership, being named “Villager of the Month” by the South Orange Township, having his church recognized as “Church of the Week” by Christian Talk Radio for outstanding community work and leadership.
In addition, he has received awards and been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Award, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Delta Pi Chapter Citation Award, the Above Self Award Rotary Club Award, and the Essex County Prosecutor Office Community Award.
Terry has been a voice at the table working along-side others to address social, political, and economic ills faced in community with the intent of helping to improve the human conditions and bring about community wholeness. He prides himself on the many issues he has help faith-based, non-for-profits, and community organizations address (which has resulted in better community). Having former New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie agree to close the out dated, costly, and ineffective James Town and Haze Boys and Girls reform schools, and agree to replace them with a more proven, effective local community-based support system for reform is one of the many examples in which he is proud.