Richardson is a native of Louisiana and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He then moved to New Jersey in 2004 to study at the Theological School at Drew University. While at Drew, Jon studied abroad in Ghana (African Indigenous Roots of African American Spirituality), France (The Monastic Community at Taize'), and Jerusalem (Orthodox Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter). He is a 2006 graduate of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation's Preaching Excellence Program and has studied Benedictine spirituality practices as they are used in local congregations. Additionally he earned a certificate in Anglican Studies from the General Theological Seminary in New York. Since seminary, Jon has worked as Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. Peter's in Morristown and as Associate Rector at St. Paul's in Chatham.
"I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve the Episcopal Church through the work of IntegrityUSA," said Richardson. "For more than 30 years, Integrity has been the leading voice in the church calling for the full-inclusion of LGBT people, and it is a joy to stand on the shoulders of those many others who have been the persistent voice of the Holy Spirit calling the church into that heritage. 'The Episcopal Church welcomes you!' has never been more true than it is today, yet we still have more work to do before all people know and feel that welcome. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and other Integrity leaders and volunteers throughout the church to make it truer still."