Dr. Rick Diamond grew up all over Texas and went to high school in Corpus Christi, Texas. After receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English from Baylor University, he was an Instructor of English at two colleges in East Texas for ten years, which included teaching writing and literature to high school students, to inmates in maximum-security prisons, and to thousands of college students. He won numerous teaching awards, as well as authoring The Creative Writing Guide, a college textbook on Creative Writing.
He attended Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas, was consecrated a United Methodist minister in 1996 and was ordained in 1999. In 1995, he joined the staff of Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas, where he served as Associate Pastor of Christian Learning and Discipleship. He and his family loved living in Tyler, the Rose Capital of the World, nestled behind the beautiful Pine Curtain.
Rick completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Postmodern Church Leadership from Drew University in 2001, graduating with honors. He traveled all over the country and met many odd and interesting people doing important work in helping Christianity evolve for the 21st century.
In August 2001, Rick joined the staff of Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas, as Pastor of Discipleship. His duties included supervising a multi-generational Christian Education program, preaching, teaching Bible Studies and small groups, and leading an experimental worship service. He and his family had a wonderful experience there and fell in love with Austin, a hip and unconventional city full of spiritual seekers and strange things.
In 2003, Relevant Press published Rick's book Wrestling With God, his exploration of what he calls the 'untidy spiritual journey.' He has led classes and retreats on the book in Texas and beyond.
In 2004, Rick began leadership of Journey Imperfect Faith Community, an unconventional independent new faith community in Austin which has at its heart the idea that a group of people can grow closer to God and to one another as they serve God together. Serving Journey is Rick's favorite job he's ever had. The Journeyers are wonderfully chaos-friendly and loving, and Journey is growing and changing every day.
He is a sought-after preacher, teacher, and speaker, having led hundreds of church, denominational, and community groups in retreats, classes and workshops. He has published essays and articles on spiritual and church issues, has served as an adjunct faculty member in Drew's Doctor of Ministry program, and speaks at regional and national conferences about the opportunities facing the 21st century followers of Jesus. He understands the complexity, skepticism, and spiritual yearning of the emerging church, and speaks the language of his culture. He brings energy and insights, provokes thinking, and encourages questioning.
Rick is writing a new book, tentatively titled Above All Things, which discusses Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and what it might mean if we really took Jesus at his word and believed that there's nothing to fear because God is truly a God of love.
Rick and his wife and best friend, Leslie, have two amazing, tall children, Alex and Caitlin, a goofy cat, Daffodil, and a shy cat, Olivia. Rick likes to fish, draw, read, work in the yard, think about new ways to follow Jesus, and play with his family. He is untidy. And he is the luckiest man in the world.