Rick has been the pastor of Church of the Free since its inception. He is passionate about people having their own relationship with God. He loves teaching people how to hear God’s voice in their own life, how to study the Bible, and seeing people become all that God originally created them to be. He loves helping people find their place in the Kingdom of God. He is a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2002.
Rick was born into a strong Christian family and received Jesus at an early age. In High School his faith really took root and began to impact every aspect of his life. From this time on, Rick had an overwhelming desire to see his friends and those he came in contact with come to know what a personal relationship through Jesus could be like. While attending George Mason University, Rick began to volunteer with Young Life and through this he discovered the Lord had given him a teaching gift. At the urging of friends he pursued Seminary and attended Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR where he earned a Masters in Divinity.
In his time at Multnomah, Rick learned how to lead leaders. He was selected by the faculty to serve as the student body president for two of his three years there – meaning he cared for and ministered to those studying to become pastors and missionaries. This stretched him and took him out of his comfort zone, but he learned servant leadership as he served his fellow students. He was recognized for his ability to impact the spiritual life of his fellow students when he received the Faculty Award for Spiritual Life in the fall of 2000.
When Rick graduated from Multnomah in 2002, he went on staff with Grace Chapel in Wilsonville Oregon, serving as their Young Adult and Discipleship pastor. He resigned those positions in the fall of 2003 to pursue a new calling in his life – to go back home to Fairfax, VA. It was on his heart to go back to business in order to be in the middle of people’s lives. He wanted to be in the middle of them, to bring Jesus to them and felt the best way was to get a normal 9-5 job and to start a discipleship ministry on the side. He felt that God would start a church out of that, but was unsure how it would all unfold.
For a year and a half Rick worked as a manager for a small business in Herndon and started ministering to those the Lord brought across his path. After that time, he felt the Lord tell him to quit his job and jump fulltime into the many lives he was now in. This led to him founding A Little Bit of Yeast Ministries in 2005.
It was through his time ministering to many through A Little Bit of Yeast Ministries that the Church of the Free was born
Rick married the love of his life, Melissa, in October of 2011. They love to be active, kayaking, biking, hiking, and working out. For better or for worse Rick is a lifelong Redskins fan. His favorite book is Ragamuffin Gospel.