Dr. Sandra Richardson
Director of Assessment; Professor of Professional Counseling, Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Dr. Sandra Richardson became acquainted with Oral Roberts University by ORU students who regularly attended her local church to minister and lead worship. The seed of their Christian witness, enthusiasm and genuine love for Christ created a deeper desire in her to serve God as a youth.
While attending Oklahoma State University, she began ministering in local churches throughout Oklahoma and co-founded Interdenominational Christian Fellowship, a campus ministry that impacted the lives of hundreds of college students from various denominations and diverse backgrounds.
While completing her master’s degree in Christian Counseling at ORU, Dr. Richardson embraced the vision of going into every person's world with the healing power of God and, upon graduation, began her counseling career working with diverse populations including federal inmates, incarcerated juvenile delinquents, youth and families in community mental health. Later, she earned a doctorate in educational leadership and served as an administrator in various counseling, educational and criminal justice programs.
Dr. Richardson has over 25 years of professional experience as a mental health professional, administrator and educator. She started teaching at ORU as an adjunct professor in 2006. Prior to joining the ORU counseling faculty full time, Dr. Richardson was extensively involved in the local community. She developed and directed the City of Tulsa’s first juvenile assessment, booking and retaining facility that continues to serve law enforcement, civic leaders, municipal courts, educators and families throughout Tulsa and surrounding counties.
Her calling to teach, love for travel and heart for missions has compelled Dr. Richardson to expand her ministry and journey internationally including India, Spain, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bhutan, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, Scotland and Israel. Ministering to diverse people groups in underground churches, orphanages, villages, leprosy colonies and multiple conferences has developed within her a greater compassion for humanity and a global perspective of God’s heart to reach diverse cultures and nations with God’s love and healing power.