I was born in Seattle, Washington and spent the first 18 years of my life living in Washington State. Sports were a big part of my life and I excelled in basketball. My father loved taking holidays in Canada and Canada became a second home for me. Upon graduation from high school, I left home for Regina, Saskatchewan where I enrolled at Canadian Bible College.
My wife, Jan was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Nyack, New York. Skiing, swimming, hiking, biking, jogging and walks were a part of her growing up days. Both Jan and I enjoy the outdoors. The picture of us was taken while we were sea kayaking near Powell River, BC. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world!
While living and studying in New York, Jan became a Registered Nurse. She also left home for Canadian Bible College where we met in 1976 (It’s a great God story!).
Upon graduation from Canadian Bible College in April of 1978, we were married two months later at Simpson Memorial Church in Nyack, New York. Only 5 weeks later (including one week for a honeymoon in Bermuda), we found ourselves pastoring in our first church in Morden, Manitoba!
God has blessed us with three wonderful children who are all grown up and married. One son and his wife live in in Lake Country (Winfield) with their 2 boys. Our second son and his wife live here in Summerland with their daughter and son. Our daughter and her husband live in Calgary with two boys. That means we are blessed with six wonderful and amazing grand-children. We treasure the moments we have with family and are grateful for these gifts God has given to us.
My call to ministry has led us to a number of places (all in Canada) where we have made good friends and met many wonderful people. We feel so blessed to call Summerland home and to be part of an amazing church family (if you have not met them you should; they are truly terrific people who love to serve God locally and globally!).
I have always felt a strong connection to ministering in communities where God has called us. Summerland is no exception. I serve as chaplain for the Summerland Steam (a Jr. B hockey team in the KIJHL) and I have been the chaplain for our local RCMP detachment. I feel extremely blessed to be associated with both of these organizations.
One final note is that we love to ride our motorcycle. There is a group of Christian Motorcyclist Association members at Summerland Alliance known as the Southern Interior Christian Riders (you can find them and their activities on Facebook). They are an active group of riders who love to “Ride For The Son.” Let us know if you want to ride sometime.
We would love to have you drop in and worship with us, we know you will feel welcome and at home here!
God bless you!
We look forward to meeting you,
Pastor Rick and Jan