Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards
Founder, ROHO & Former Assistant Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church

The Rev. Nicholas S. Richards is an Assistant Minister at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and Co-founder & President of The Abyssinian Fund. His leadership of Abyssinian's Global Outreach ministry has spawned a series of projects, including development efforts in Ethiopia, humanitarian relief in Haiti and on-going educational services in Kenya. As an emerging voice in international relations and diplomacy, Rev. Richards is featured in various media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Africa Channel. Rev. Richards is responsible for the strategy and operations for The Abyssinian Fund's offices in New York and Ethiopia. The Fund serves as a conduit for economic and social development among rural agricultural communities in Ethiopia. Its’ work focuses on creating sustainable, market-driven solutions to reducing poverty. He received his license to preach at The West Hunter Street Baptist Church, and was subsequently ordained at The Abyssinian Baptist Church. Rev. Richards is a charter member of the Lily Foundation’s Academy at Young Preachers and his sermon The Power of One was published by Chaliss Press. Rev. Richards has received numerous fellowships to travel and study in throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy at Morehouse College, a Certificate in Human Rights from The University of Cape Town and the Master of Divinity Degree at The Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. For more information on The Abyssinian Fund, visit www.abyfund.org