Rick was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and became a Christian in high school. He served as a youth pastor in Georgia, Michigan, and California and spent 25 years at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. While at Grace he pastored Crossroads, the college and singles ministry, and served as the Executive Pastor under Dr. John MacArthur.
Rick is the author of Uneclipsing the Son (Kress Biblical Resources, 2011) and has contributed chapters in other books as well as articles in theological journals. He serves on the faculty of The Expositor’s Seminary where he teaches Homiletics and Expository Preaching. He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (B.S.), The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D. candidate). Rick has served as Senior Pastor of Mission Road Bible Church since August of 2011. He and his wife, Kim, have three sons.
“In our evangelism, we must focus not on the plan of salvation but on the person who died for our sins. Our philosophy is a person—Christ—not a plan.”