Born in Washington, D.C., Rick is a native of southern Maryland. He has lived in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama, but his formative years were spent in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
He received his B.A. in American History/Political Science from Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee (1976); Masters of Divinity with Religious Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina (Dec. 1983); Doctor of Ministry from The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (2005).
Rick has served as a church staff minister in Tennessee and North Carolina since 1973 in the capacity of Music, Christian Education, and Youth Ministry. He has been pastor at First Baptist since October, 2009.
Rick is married to the former Edwina Graham from Jonesville, Virginia. They have two children and two wonderful grandsons!!