Deacon Richardson is a native of St. Louis, MO. She received secondary and college education in Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Webster College, Webster Groves, MO. In 1990 Deacon Richardson moved to the Washington, DC as part of a career move and united with the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church under the leadership of (pastor emeritus) Dr. Reverend Jerry Moore (former member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO.)
During her career, she worked in the area of executive recruiting for two major retailers in the St. Louis area. She also served as the Human Resource Manager for AT&T and the Director of Human Resources for Lucent Technologies prior to her retirement.