Rev. Saeed Richardson was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1999, serving parishes and communities in North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois since. As Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Waukegan, Rev. Saeed is a member of the Metro Chicago Region of the American Baptist Churches. His background is multifaceted: academic medicine, technology, churches and religious organizations, entrepreneurial startups, and non-profits.
In 2010, Rev. Saeed, his wife, and two children relocated to Chicago, where he bi-vocationally, served as a senior administrator at The University of Chicago Medical Center. He has since served as Ministerial Associate at the Faith Community of St. Sabina and Staff Chaplain at the Cook County Jail, and, recently, as Associate Pastor of Community Engagement at Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church and Project Director for Clergy for a New Drug Policy. He has also completed two graduate degrees from the schools of Divinity and Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His volunteer efforts include co-directing an organization that offers bereavement and support services for South Side families who have lost children during pregnancy and early infancy.
Rev. Saeed's life centers at the intersection of several domains: faith communities, pastoral care, social services, justice, community organizing, assessment & evaluation, technology, organizational systems dynamics, and program & policy formation. In all his experience he has most valued the need to be a resource and servant for individuals and communities.
He hopes to bring these skills into his service at CRS and is very excited to become a part of its 135-year history.