Rick grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. He and his wife, Denise, have been married for almost 40 years. Their son, Sam, and daughter in law, Julie, are missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They have three sons, Hudson, Elliot, and Caleb. Rick is a graduate of West Georgia College, the University of Georgia School of Law, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to entering the ministry, Rick practiced law for 35 years. Rick enjoys sports, reading, and preaching and teaching the Bible.