Rik and his wife Jen have 4 fantastic kids. He is a 1989 grad of McCluer High School, 1993 grad of Lindenwood College and 2013 grad of Union Seminary. He has lived in North County since he was a year old.
How did you connect at North Church? I am the original planter of NC.
What is your role? Preaching, vision casting, oversight of discipleship and shepherding.
Recommendations: Read Pursuit of God yearly, meditate on Romans 5 monthly and read a Psalm daily.
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? A family that seeks God together and tries to apply the gospel to life while living up close with one another.
What places do you like to eat or hang out in North County? Ferguson Brewing Company
What is your favorite quote? “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’, he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” -Martin Luther
What is your favorite verse? Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
How did you connect at North Church? I was part of the core team when North Church was planted.
What is your role? Shepherding, vision casting, prayerfully seeking the Lord’s direction for NC and its members, reminding Rik of things when he forgets
Recommendations: The Shawshank Redemption, Stranger Than Fiction, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, fantasy baseball and football, Grantland.com, Fangraphs.com, The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, On Writing by Stephen King, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, The Jesus Storybook Bible, Kung Pao chicken, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, Mt. Dew, Sour Skittles, Chris Pratt, Jim Gaffigan, Deja Entendu by Brand New, The Red Zone Channel, racquetball, softball, good grammar, Super Grover 2.0
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? North Church is a place where you can come as you are and experience God’s life-changing grace.
What places do you like to eat or hang out in North County? Rik’s house
What is your favorite quote? “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
What is your favorite verse? “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 49:10