Rev. Richardson (he/him) has a deep love for God and the church. For the last 19 years, he has served new church starts and has revitalized churches and congregations with rich histories. Raised Baptist, he discovered the UCC as a young pastor in Minnesota, and was granted privilege of call in the UCC in 2013. He is currently the senior pastor at Salem United Church of Christ in Farmington, Michigan and a member of the Detroit Metro Association Committee on Ministry.
Before that, Pastor Lawrence served at Linden Hills UCC, Grace UCC, Parkway UCC, and Lyndale UCC in Minnesota. He also founded Shift UCC, an innovative online church community ahead of its time.
For the last 10 years, Rev. Richardson has worked with Convergence US—first as the director of social media and then as a clergy coach and senior consultant.
Rev. Richardson was adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and Luther Seminary, and a media trainer for Auburn Seminary. He is the author of I Know What Heaven Looks Like: A Modern Day Coming of Age Story. He has been featured in many publications for his faith work and public leadership, and serves on the Executive Committee of the National United Church of Christ Board.
Rev. Richardson is a Doctoral Candidate at Berkeley School of Theology, has Master’s Degrees in Christian Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Digital Marketing from Escils, and Professional Coaching from Transformation Academy, and completed his Undergraduate work at St. Catherine University, where he was an English and Sociology double-major. He is also is a member of the International Sociology Honors Society and completed the Executive Certificate for Religious Fundraising with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Rev. Richardson is most excited about getting to know the churches and leaders in the Michigan Conference UCC as he serves as Associate Conference Minister for Church Vitality and Transition. Rev. Richardson enjoys spending his free time with his spouse and companion, JM, surrounded by nature, learning German, practicing the guitar, and traveling.