Ricky was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He trusted Jesus Christ in high school before attending Mississippi College earning a degree in Political Science and a place in the Hall of Fame. He credits his college years as life changing times in which he accepted the call to pastoral ministry where he’s been serving in that role for the last 15 years.
After college, Ricky continued to work in ministry with a myriad of churches and community organizations. He’s enjoyed traveling the country preaching God’s word. In 2001, he moved to Oakland, California, to serve as senior pastor of Emmanuel Church. While serving there Ricky led the church to embrace a new paradigm of community involvement as the church became a hub in its East Oakland neighborhood for outreach to the local community. Ricky also began working for a social justice ministry and organized clergy to amplify the issues of the working poor. As a community organizer, he partnered with hundreds of Bay Area clergy and led rallies, marches, and vigils on behalf of the disenfranchised poor.
After his years in Oakland, Ricky moved to Memphis, TN, to serve as a Campus Pastor for Fellowship Memphis Church. Fellowship is a gospel-centered, multi-ethnic church bringing together people of all backgrounds for the worship of God. Ricky served in Memphis from 2008 to 2013. While in Memphis, Ricky met, pursued, and married his lovely wife April!
Ricky and April envision planting a church in his hometown of Jackson, MS, some day. Sensing a call to prepare intensively to serve that city as a Pastor and Educator, Ricky and April moved to Chicago in 2013 to pursue a PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Historical Theology. Ricky & April love pouring into other men and women in their discipleship groups, hosting friends and couples that are new to the community, and getting out of the country to serve the nations as often as the Lord allows.