Executive Director of Vibrant Faith
Rick is an executive ministry leader, an award-winning author, journalist, cultural researcher, editor, and national speaker—he was executive editor of GROUP Magazine for 33 years, writing feature articles, a popular column, and the Trends section of this influential resource (winner of the Folio Award for magazine excellence). For many years he led Group Publishing’s Youth Ministry Resourcing Team, and is a nationally recognized ministry leader. He’s also an experienced researcher, conducting large-scale social science research projects in the ministry community. He creates and leads interactive learning experiences and trainings for church and cultural leaders, parents, and teenagers. And he’s an innovator in online learning—he developed, created, and helped launch a series of professional ministry courses that use “virtual tools” for interactive, experiential, and deeper-learning growth. He also leads a “home church” for young adults with a crazy-long name: Pursuing the Heart of Jesus, Not His Recipes.
- Rick has authored hundreds of magazine articles and is the author, co-author, or editor of 39 books and curriculums.
- He’s the general editor and chief contributor of the groundbreaking and #1 bestselling Jesus-Centered Bible, and author of the recently released books The God Who Fights for You (2019), Spiritual Grit (2018),and The Jesus-Centered Life (2016). Other recent releases includeSkin In the Game (2015), Shrewd (2012), and Sifted (2011). In October of 2020 his new daily devotional, The Jesus-Centered Daily, was published. And he’s currently co-authoring, with Dr. Daniel Emina of the Amen Clinics, a book slated for release in 2021—The Suicide Solution.
- He’s host of the popular podcast Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus, now in its fifth year.
- He’s been interviewed by scores of national publications and media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Homeword with Jim Burns, Dennis Rainey’s FamilyLife Today, The Church Boys podcast with Billy Hallowell, and the Moody radio network, among others.
He’s married to Beverly Rose and has a 21-year-old daughter named Lucy Rose and a 17-year-old daughter named Emma Grace.