Deacon Richard was born in Indianapolis, IND. He attended public school there also graduating from Artional Technical High. He served 2 years in the U.S. Marine Corp. Deacon Buford accepted Christ as Savior while still a youth at Pleasant Union Missionary Baptist Church Indianapolis, IND. It was at Pleasant Union MBC where he was first on trial as a deacon in 1984. After relocating to Dallas, TX Deacon Buford was ordained to serve in 1988 at Pleasant Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. A. C. Toney. He later yoked up with the New Hope Baptist Church of Mesquite Texas. There he servers as Sunday School Superintendent while singing in the Male Chorus. He is an inspirational leader, rejoicing while helping other. He aspires to have a closer walk with God.