Rick Richardson, M.Div., Ph.D

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Director of M.A. In Evangelism and Leadership, Professor of Evangelism
On Faculty since 2005

Phone: (630)639-0567
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Education

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 Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007. Rick serves as an affiliate professor for TEDS working with the Ph.D. 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.

Courses Taught

  • 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
  • Prayer
  • 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

Publications

Books

Reshaping Evangelicalism’s Future Leaders. Los Angeles: William Carey International University Press, 2013.

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.

Guides

Finding God: How Can We Experience God? Groups Investigating God Series IVP, 2002.

Sex: What’s God Got to do with it? Groups Investigating God Series IVP, 2002.

Spirituality: What does it mean to be Spiritual? Groups Investigating God Series, 2002.

Academic Articles and Book Chapters

“Evangelism and Social Capital: The Bridge-Building and Bridge-Breaking Dimensions of Different Paradigms and Practices of Witness, in Witness: the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, vol. 28, May, 2014, 5-30.

“Emerging Adults and the Future of Evangelism,” coauthored with Beth Seversen, in Witness: the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, May, 2014, 31-51.

“Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions,” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 2013, 79-84.

“Emerging Missional Movements: An Overview and Assessment of Some Implications for Mission(s),” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2013, 131-136.

“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.

“The Impact of Urban Short Term Projects on the Social Connections of Evangelical College Students”, in Effective Engagement in Short Term Missions: Doing it Right, ed. Robert Priest, William Carey Library, 2008.

“The Angel of Chicago,” Seminary Consortium on Urban Pastoral Education Bulletin, 1991.

“Get Out of Jerusalem: What it takes for the Gospel to Reach the Ends of the Earth,” with Brenda Salter McNeil, Leadership Journal, Fall, 2008.

“Cross Cultural Preaching,” in The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching (encyclopedia), ed. Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson, Zondervan, 2005.

“Cross Cultural Preaching,” Leadership journal, Spring 2005.

Published Video and Curriculum

Reimagining Evangelism DVD, IVP, 2008.

Reimagining Evangelism Podule (online), Building Church Leaders (Christianity Today), 2009.

Launch: An Online Resource for Getting Started Together in Following Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, 2011.

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