Rick has served with Missions Door since 1975. He joined the Executive Leadership Team of the Mission in 1981 and began serving as President in July of 1995.
As President, Rick serves as the team leader of the Executive Leadership Team, which provides general oversight of the total ministry and operation of Missions Door. Accountable to an elected Board of Directors, the President is responsible for vision casting, team building, strategic direction and resource discovery.
Rick was born in Montrose, Colorado, and was raised in Cortez. His earliest memories include being taken to church and Sunday school.
As a child he responded to a simple Gospel presentation at a Good News Club that met in a neighbor’s garage. Regular attendance and involvement in church, including youth group and Christian camping, encouraged Rick’s spiritual growth and involvement in ministry.
During his college years, largely through his involvement as a student in Campus Ambassadors, Rick sensed God’s call upon his life to vocational Christian ministry.
After college graduation and two quarters of seminary, Rick was appointed by Missions Door in 1975 as a Campus Ambassador – ministering to college students at his alma mater, the University of Colorado in Boulder.
After two years of ministry at CU, Rick and his wife, Patti, moved to Corvallis, Oregon, to launch a new Campus Ambassadors ministry at Oregon State University.
In the fall of 1981, Rick and his family left Oregon for Illinois to join the Executive Leadership Team of the Mission and serve as the Director of Campus Ministries. In 1984 Rick became Director of Ministries. He was responsible to resource, supervise and service the overall ministries of the Mission.
Rick served in this capacity until July of 1995, when he became President of the Mission.
Rick married, Patti Followwill, in 1977 and enjoyed her partnership for just over 40 years until her death in 2017. The Millers have three adult sons and five grandchildren.
B.A. in American Studies from University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
M.A. in Campus Ministry from Denver Seminary, Denver, CO
M.Div. in World Missions from the Divinity School of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL