Rick joined the SBTC staff January 1st, 2022. Before joining the SBTC, Rick pastored for 34 years in Colorado, 24 of them as the lead pastor. He has experience in rural and city churches, small and large churches, revitalizing churches and planting churches. He has his bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he grew up. He also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gateway Seminary. In addition this formal education, Rick has multiple trainings and certifications in evangelism, church planting, leadership, preaching and teaching, counseling, coaching and mentoring, and family ministry.
Rick has been married for 40 years to his wife, Sally. They have four married children and eight grandchildren, all of them serving in full time ministry and one of them serving with the IMB. In addition to this, they raised three other girls, two of them refugees from Burma and one from China.
In addition to Rick’s passion for spending time helping pastors and churches, he loves traveling with his wife, talking to his children about theology and church life over coffee and working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes discipling coaches and student athletes. He also has a passion for going to the nations with the gospel and oversees a nonprofit ministry called Apostello Mission.