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April 25, 2007

John D. Richardson named new Birmingham-Southern College chaplain

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in New Albany, Miss., will become the new chaplain at Birmingham-Southern College. Longtime Birmingham-Southern Dean of Chapel Dr. Stewart Jackson will retire from the college June 30 after more than 28 years of service to the college.John D. Richardson

BSC President Dr. David Pollick recently announced the appointment of BSC alumnus John D. Richardson following a national search. He will assume his new position July 1, 2007.

Richardson, a 2000 summa cum laude graduate from BSC and President's Award winner and Phi Beta Kappa his senior year, has been associate pastor at FUMC in New Albany since 2004. He was previously circuit minister, Stokesley Circuit, for the British Methodist Church from 2003-04. His chaplaincy includes posts at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Hospice Atlanta, Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, Ga., and Children's Hospital in Birmingham. He has worked in campus ministry at Emory University and Birmingham-Southern.

A proficient musician, Richardson has also served in youth and music ministry having held various positions across the South as a music leader and pianist.

He was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in June 2006 by the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. Following graduation from BSC, he earned his master of divinity at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he received the prestigious Woodruff Fellowship, its top scholarship.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Richardson is married to Jasmine Hodges of Thomasville, Ala., who is a 1999 magna cum laude BSC graduate, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She has been teaching Spanish in New Albany.

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