After 46 years of pastoral ministry, 33 of which were as senior pastor of Beverly Heights, Rick was honored by the congregation with the designation "Pastor Emeritus" at the time of his retirement in November 2018.
During his career Rick served churches in Boston, New York and in Oklahoma where, for eight years, he pastored a Caucasian congregation as well as five Native American congregations.
Throughout his ministry he was active in renewal efforts in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and was a founding member of the New Wineskins Association of Churches in which he served as a strategist and co-author of a book outlining possible approaches to separation from the mainline Presbyterian denomination.
Under Rick’s leadership, Beverly Heights was the first congregation in the Pittsburgh Presbytery to successfully negotiate a dismissal, in 2007, from the PCUSA while maintaining possession of its property.
Rick and wife Mary, director of choral music for more than 25 years at Beverly Heights, reside in Washington County in a rural setting they have named Spruce Acres. There they pursue interests in cabinet making and gardening.
They remain associated with Beverly Heights where they worship, sing in the choir and continue to teach the scriptures in various ministry settings.