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I was born and raised in Del city, Oklahoma. I was blessed with Godly parents and grandparents and on my dad’s side of the family, my two Great Grand dads were both Baptist Preachers. As a child, my family attended First Southern Baptist, in Del City, Oklahoma. We were at church every time the doors were open. At the age of 8, I walked the isle and told the preacher that I wanted to be saved and baptized. While that was all true, I still had no idea of what it meant to trust Jesus as my Savior. As I grew older, I was constantly under conviction that my walk with Christ was not real and that I truly needed a Savior. In my early 20s, my dad gave me a paraphrased “Living Bible” for Christmas. Finally, I was able to read and understand the Bible. I remember reading night and day and had a new found hunger to know more about God. Shortly thereafter, I understood what “believes in him” (Jn 3:16) really meant. Finally and for the first time, I believed God and had the assurance of my salvation. I joined the First Baptist church in Houston where I later met my wife Renee’ of 38 years. She caught my eye in a church sanctioned Bible study. Getting to know her as a Godly woman I soon asked Renee to be my wife and we were married six months later. In the intervening years, we have raised two Godly boys, both of whom are Seminary Graduates and are in the Ministry. We have four wonderful grandkids. Since my salvation, some of my favorite scriptures are found in the first chapter of Psalms. Attesting to its accuracy, I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. God has always opened and closed doors, taking us to just the right place where I needed to be. There have also been several trials along the way that have served to draw me closer to God; I give thanks for those experiences (Romans 8:28). As a Christian, I’m not perfect but am constantly being convicted and sanctified as I continue to grow in the Lord. My wife and I moved here in 2006 and I retired from Continental Airlines shortly thereafter in 2008. I’ve served as a deacon for thirty five years and more recently, as a life group leader. I look forward with anticipation for what God has for us next. God Bless.
Rick has been privileged to journey with the Lord in many different ministry callings - husband, father, grandfather, pastor, church planter, Christian educator, missionary, missions director and ministry leader.
Through all these adventures he has enjoyed the essential and unfailing support of his wife, Jana. They were married in 1975 while he was still serving in the US Navy. Together they have three married children and three granddaughters.
He's often amazed when he realizes he's the founder of Commission To Every Nation an interdenominational mission organization with offices in the US and Canada as well as founder of Commission Ministers Network, organizations that have enabled the ministry of thousands of missionaries and ministers around the globe.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's in educational administration and, in the unlikely event he completes his dissertation, he'll receive a PhD in Pastoral Ministry.
He's published several books along with various magazine and newspaper articles. All his writings have been highly successful at eluding the New York Times Bestseller list.
I am an Alabama boy that accepted Christ at Shocco Springs Baptist Encampment. I was baptized at FBC Greenville, AL on 31 July 1955. I drove to Texas in March ‘67 to become a USAF pilot. Got my wings, but also met Pam at FBC Del Rio. We were married in June ’68. After 22years in the Air Force and 5 years in Saudi Arabia we came back to Texas in 1994 to settle down and raise our son, Sterling, and see what God had in store for us here. We have served in many churches. From leading Youth Programs to Pastoring an underground church, God has used us and we serve at His pleasure. Through the years I never sensed a full time calling as a pastor; however, I have been used in that capacity. Years ago in reading 1Timothy 3:1-7, I realized God has used me as an Overseer/elder as well as a deacon. I am looking forward to serving on the Leadership Council and work together in making Disciples.