Founder and Senior Pastor

Dr. Willie Richardson is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Christian Stronghold Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which he planted in 1966 starting with six people. Currently there is an active membership of over 4,400 people. He is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University with a Degree in Bible and has taken graduate studies at Temple University. He received his Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Geneva College.

Family Researcher & Consultant

Dr. Richardson is the president of Christian Research & Development (CRD) of Philadelphia, an organization established by he and his wife, Patricia, in 1975. CRD is one of the leading companies specializing in black family research and development resources. The main objective of CRD is to research needs and methods, and to develop materials on "Biblical How To's" for the church, specializing in family ministry and church development through seminars, conferences, retreats, and workshops. CRD is a consulting agency to churches, foundations, businesses, and educational institutions. Dr. Richardson has a commitment to developing effective pastoral leadership and has done so successfully with over 400 pastors locally and nationally. Under his ministry, CRD conducts seminars through the United States entitled “Developing the Christian Single and Family Life”.

National Recognition

Dr. Richardson was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the former Inner City Impact Institute, an organization that served as a catalyst for getting foundations and corporations to partner with inner city churches in community outreach programs.

He was the Founder and President of Resources for Better Families, an organization that trained churches on how to minister to the families within their churches and as a community outreach.

Dr. Richardson was invited to the White House on three different occasions by former President Ronald Reagan, and on two occasions by Former President George W. Bush at the introduction of his Faith Based Initiative, January 2001.

Dr. Richardson has received local and national recognition by church and para church organizations. His God given talents, training, and technology have resulted in local and national recognition with contributions to urban and suburban communities and churches. Some of his contributions include church growth and management, counseling centers, clergy training, financial seminars, training seminars, community development strategies, single parenting seminars, male responsibilities seminars, strategic planning training, cross-cultural skills, development and church planting strategies, giving guidance on church discipline problems, and advice to congregations choosing a pastor.

Rev. Dr. Willie Richardson

Author & Educator

As a professor with emphasis on techniques and training, Dr. Richardson’s contributions include “how to manuals”, resource books on the family, as well as video and CD training tools. He has written articles for various Christian magazines and is the co-author of three books: The Black Family, Past, Present and Future (published by Zondervan 1991), Discipling The City (published by Baker in November, 1992), Counseling Seemingly Impossible Problems (published by Zondervan 2002; he co-authored and was the consulting editor). Dr. Richardson’s latest two national sellers are: Reclaiming the Urban Family (published by Zondervan) and Sharing Christ As You Go (published by Christian Research & Development).

Dr. Richardson has served as a Professor at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia Biblical University extension, and Christian Research & Development Institute. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Messiah College. He has written courses for both CUTS and CRD Institute.


Dr. Richardson & Wife Patricia

Love For God & Family

Dr. Richardson believes in the importance of developing strong families. The origin of this belief system started with his own family. Dr. Richardson was instrumental in leading his eleven siblings to Jesus Christ, and challenged his own parents to rededicate their lives to the Lord. Born in Florence, South Carolina, Dr. Richardson has lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since he was six years old. He and his wife, Patricia, have been married for over 44 years and are the proud parents of four adult children and eight grandchildren.
The most important element of Christian ministry to Dr. Willie Richardson is winning souls. Why, as he states so often, “I have never gotten over the fact that God saved me”. Convinced that salvation was the thing that saved his life and gave him the confidence he was lacking, he is compelled to introduce the Lord Jesus Christ his Savior to mankind. Conviction rings clear in Dr. Richardson’s life verse, Acts 26:18 (KJV): To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”