The Reverend Dr. Bernard Richardson is the fourth Dean of Howard University’s historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.

Meet the Dean of the Chapel

As the appointed chief executive officer for religious affairs at the University, he coordinates the wide array of ministries sought by students and their parents, faculty, staff, and the wider community; participates in religious services and public programs; and serves as the liaison between the University and religious organizations at the local, national, and international levels.

Dean Richardson has initiated programs, which have fostered interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance, in the Washington, D.C. area. He launched and is the project Director of the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative (SEDL) at Howard University. This initiative was awarded a $1.98 million dollar grant from The Lilly Endowment Inc. During Dean Richardson’s administration, there has been a revitalization of creative religious programming that has made the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel nationally and internationally renowned. The Chapel weekly radio broadcast reaches a listening audience that covers the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Delaware. The Chapel broadcast was rated first in its time slot among all radio broadcasts in the metropolitan area.

Dr. Richardson is also a tenured Associate Professor in the Howard University School of Divinity. He has made major scholarly contributions in the area of pastoral counseling. Dr. Richardson has lectured and taught courses at colleges and universities nationwide. These include the Parks/King Lecture at Yale University Divinity School as well as lecture/seminars at Princeton Theological Seminary, Hartford Seminary, Winston-Salem State University, and Michigan State University.

Dr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Howard University. He earned a M.Div. degree from Yale University Divinity School. He received a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship and went on to earn a Master’s and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Dr. Richardson is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He served for ten years as the Pastor of the Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Windsor, CT.

Dr. Richardson’s past professional positions include: Counseling Specialist at the Michigan State University Counseling Center and Mental Health Therapist at the Ingham Community Mental Health Center. He was an Associate Professor with tenure at Southern Connecticut State University where he taught in the areas of Counseling and School Psychology. He was a Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Theological Seminary at Livingston College. Dr. Richardson is also an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Hartford Seminary.

Dr. Richardson’s honors include induction into Phi Delta Kappa, the National Education Honor Society, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College and the Perth Amboy High School Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship and the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship for Ministry. Dr. Richardson is a member of numerous professional organizations.