Meet our Pastor And First Lady

Pastor Stephen E. Richardson

Rev. Stephen E. Richardson is the Senior Pastor of Jordan Temple Baptist Church. Prior to becoming senior pastor of Jordan Temple in 1993, Pastor Richardson served the Lord since 1979 as a deacon, bible class teacher, choir member, trustee board member, and associate minister.

Pastor Richardson is very passionate about shepherding God's flock and teaching them the God inspired Word and principles for incredible living for a good life's journey. He is well known for his simplistic approach to teaching the bible with accuracy and clarity.

Pastor Richardson has an indepth background in the commercial property management , and construction business. He managed over three and half million square feet of office buildings in Chicago and New York for companies such as the former Continental Bank, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Tishman Management before forming his own company, Progressive Maintenance, Inc. He is credited with being the first African American commercial property manager in downtown Chicago, the first African American Director at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the first privatization property manager for the City of Chicago by opening and managing the reknown Harold Washington Library Center.

Pastor Richardson and his wife formed Progressive Maintenance Inc.; a commercial cleaning company and it quickly prospered and they branched out into the drywall, painting, plastering and carpentry construction field. Their company participated in the construction of over forty major properties in the City of Chicago, including apartment buildings, single family homes, retail stores, commercial office buildings and churches.

Pastor Richardson was stricken with an incurable heart disease in 1995 and required a heart transplant in November, 1996. Then in 2013 he had reached the near limit of stints in his heart and had to have another heart transplant along with a kidney transplant, which he recieved in November 2013.

Pastor Richardson and his wife, Cynthia, his partner in all aspects of ministry, have been married for over thirty-three years.

Lady Cynthia Jordan Richardson

Lady Richardson is the daughter of our Founding Pastor, Rev. Willie F. Jordan, Sr. (deceased) and Leontine Jordan, who is still an active member of Jordan Temple. She is one of the eleven Founding members of the church and has been faithful to and active in the church for the entire forty-one years.

She began as the church van driver at 16years old, transporting both children and senior’s to the church every Sunday and Wednesday. She was the secretary of Sunday School, and for over twenty-five years she was the primary choir director for the church.

Her passion has always been working directly with young ladies and influencing their choices in life. Lady Richardson developed her business experience while owing Cynthia's House of Glamour a modeling school, dance studio, and hair salon. Then she and her husband started their maintenance company together.

She still claims that her greatest achievement was guiding her husband to the Lord in 1979.

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