Director of M.A. In Evangelism and Leadership, Professor of Evangelism
On Faculty since 2005
Ph.D., Intercultural Studies, Trinity International University, 2007
M.Div., Evangelism and Urban Ministry Concentrations, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991
B.S., Civil Engineering, Lafayette College, 1978.
About Rick Richardson
Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership and the Masters in Missional Church Movements degrees. He is also a Graduate Faculty Scholar with the Billy Graham Center of Evangelism. In that role, Rick directs Evangelizing Churches, a pastor cohort coaching, resourcing and research arm of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism that serves and equips local churches for witness. He also directs the Research arm of the Billy Graham Center for all things related to evangelism and culture. Before coming to Wheaton, Rick was the National Coordinator and then Associate Director for Evangelism with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He worked in campus ministry for 25 years, and regularly speaks and ministers as an evangelist on campuses in many different parts of the country. In addition, Rick is an ordained Anglican priest, and served for three years as Pastor of Evangelism and Small Groups for Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois, a church known for its healing prayer ministry. While a pastor, Rick coordinated the Alpha program, seeing many people come to Christ. He consults widely with churches on Evangelism and Healing and Reconciliation for the emerging generation and on contemporary missional churches and missional movements. Rick earned his M.Div. from Northern Baptist Seminary, studying with Ray Bakke, and focusing his studies in evangelism and urban ministry. He received his PHD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007. Rick serves as an affiliate professor for TEDS working with the PHD program. He has also been a visiting professor at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University. He presently serves as President for the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education and on the Planning Committee for the Mission Leadership Forums for the Overseas Ministries Study Center.
Rick has published numerous articles and five books. Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News has been well received, particularly in campus ministries and among emerging gen churches. It has also been widely used in seminary classes on evangelism. Rick’s latest book, Reimagining Evangelism has been turned into a DVD based curriculum. Rick has also published four Bible discussion guides for seekers and skeptics, a book on healing prayer and a book co-written with Brenda Salter McNeil entitled The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change.
Rick seeks to bring together his passions for evangelism, prayer and racial reconciliation in order to cast vision and equip an emerging postmodern generation in ministry for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rick also enjoys fly fishing, tennis, hiking in the Colorado mountains, and reading fantasy literature. Rick is secretly working on a science fiction/fantasy novel in his spare time.
- Evangelism and the Gospel- Historical and Theological Foundations
- Models of Contemporary Evangelism and Church Growth
- Emerging Generation, Popular Culture and the Gospel
- Evangelism Research Methods
- Gospel and Imagination
- Evangelism and the Theology of N.T. Wright
- Apologetics in Global Context
- Personal Development and Leadership
Memberships in Professional Societies
Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education
Overseas Ministries Study Center Missions Leadership Forum
Evangelical Missiological Society
Evangelical Theological Society
Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey, IVP, 2006.
Experiencing Healing Prayer: How God Turns our Hurts into Wholeness, IVP, 2005.
The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, co-authored with Brenda Salter McNeil, IVP, 2004, 2nd Edition 2009.
Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News, IVP, 2000.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Emerging Missional Movements: An Overview and Assessment of Some Implications for Mission(s),” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2013, 131-136.
“Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions,” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 2013, 79-84.
“Emerging Missional Movements and Evangelism,” in Witness: the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, May 2012, 55-70.
“Emerging Missional Movements: An overview and Assessment,” in Witness: the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, May 2011, 15-30.
“Maintaining the Balance between Social Engagement and Evangelism,” in Witness: the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, 2010.