Rick has been leading church music/arts ministries since 1986. He has been on staff at Atonement since 2005. He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with John Ditto and John Obetz and composition with Gerald Kemner. He is published by several church music publishers, including Lillenas Publishing Co. and MorningStar Music Publishers. In his “other” job, he is involved in music and media publishing, including audio and video recording and e-publishing website development. Since the early 1990s, he has presented seminars on music software extensively at church music conferences across the United States, including at three National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He is a past Dean of the Greater KC chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Active in KC area recording studios, he has been involved in dozens of CD projects, including producing, performing, and CD art/design.