Rick Mitchell

President and Founder

Rick was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.

His parents were both Christians and active in their church.  His dad was a deacon and taught Sunday School.  His mom worked in the church office. He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of eight and at twelve years of age committed his life to full-time Christian service.

Rick graduated from college at Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee and seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He has served churches as Pastor, Minister of Music, Minister of Youth, Minister of Religious Education, Minister of Recreation, International Missionary and Church Planter.

Rick is married and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Ooltewah, TN, U.S.A.  They have one daughter, Emily, who is married and lives with her husband, Jimmy, in Ooltewah, Tennessee. They have two children, both boys, Kyle and Ryan.  Rick and his wife also served as missionaries in the Philippines, under appointment with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, from 1985-1993.

Rick has written over 10 books on outreach and evangelism through recreation and has over 75 magazine articles to his credit.  He is a “crazy” person and will soon be admitted to an institution for the humorously insane.

Rick is founder and the only president of Sports & Rec Plus since its beginning in 1995.