First Baptist Church
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Conquering Communities for Christ



Pastor D.L. Richardson, Ph.D.


Pastor D.L. Richardson is a native of Parkin, Arkansas. He is the husband of Tammy Hull-Richardson and the father of one daughter, Alicia Shantay and has one grandson, Kyran.  After graduation from Parkin High School, Pastor Richardson attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on an academic scholarship and later transferred to the University of Central Arkansas and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He was conferred a Master of Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan, AL in 1998, a Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock, AR in 2005, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Bible and Theology at Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. Shreveport, LA in 2006.  Pastor Richardson was called into the preaching ministry in 1984 under the pastoral ministry of Pastor Curtis Ridout at the Greater Second Baptist Church. He served there as Youth Pastor for four years and later He served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wrightsville from 1989 – 1996. In February of 1996, he became the Pastor of First Baptist Church-Main Street in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Pastor Richardson is an unselfish leader who possesses a huge heart – as is evident in his sharing of the pulpit with ministers inside of and outside of First Baptist, in his love and compassion for humanity, and his active involvement in the community.

Ministry Career Milestones & Community Involvements  By the Grace of God:  

Named Pastor of First Baptist in February, 1996   

Named to the Governor’s Partnership Council, 1996-1998  

Named to the Arkansas Youth Commission, 1997-1998    

Master of Ministry, Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan, AL, Magna Cum Laude Graduate, 1998 

Moved First Baptist to its present location, 1999
Arkansas Faith Foundation Board Chairman, 1999-2001   

Central Arkansas Red Cross Board Member, 1999-2006 

Vice-President of the Union District Congress, 1999- 2008
Chairman of the Central Arkansas Jobs Partnership Program, 2000-2006
Arkansas Families Are Special Board Member, 2001-2006  

Author, Bones from the Pulpit Volumes I and II, 2002-2003

Arkansas Transitional Employment Board Member, 2002-2007  

Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Arkansas Baptist College, 2005

Doctor of Philosophy in Bible and Theology, Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, Shreveport, LA, May 5, 2006

Author, Principles for Presenting the Purity of the Passage, 2006 

Author, Principles for Praying the Passage, 2008

Author, Basis Bread for The Believer, 2010

Vice President, Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Congress, 2006-2008

President, Greater Little Rock Pastors' Conference, 2008-2010

Vice Moderator at Large, Union District Baptist Association, 2008 - Present

Community Liaison, Greater Little Rock Pastors' Conference 2010 - Present

Director, Ministers' Division, Arkansas Consolidated Baptist Congress, 2013 - Present

Pastor of the Year, The Call Adoption Program 2013

Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., 1980 - Present 

President, Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Congress, 2016 - Present