I am “Rick,” Richard D. Price, and I live in Purcell, Oklahoma, United States of America. My story covers many states and countries. Because of that, I will shorten it to fit what is going on now. There isn’t anything special about me, except that I am a disciple of Christ and love my Lord and Savior. I have a great desire to serve Him and others for His glory. Therefore, I am at the Christian Leaders Institute studying courses for ministry and ordination.
I am sixty-four years old. Born in Reedley, California, I moved to Texas at the age of five or six months. I also lived in New Mexico and Australia while growing up. Then, I moved back to California a month before turning seventeen. I lived with my father for about a year before joining the US Army. I dropped out of high school to enlist in the service. After seven years and three months, I ended active duty. A year later, I joined the Army National Guard and then retired after sixteen years.
As I think more about this, I was baptized in the Catholic Church when I was seven years of age to pass first grade in a Catholic school. Then, I had to undergo their catechism curriculum to proceed to the next grade. I believe that Jesus died for my sins then and still do. I became a believer in Christ Jesus around the age of fourteen. Sadly, I did not walk the walk, nor did I try to make others believe in Christ during the following years. When I was eighteen, I wanted to experience all the world had to offer.
While growing up, I went to church on my own. That started when I was about eleven. I went to different churches and denominations. The non-denominational and Pentecostal churches resonated with me the most. Therefore, I am more apostolic in the way I minister.
My Marriage and Surrender
I met the girl I later married when I was fifteen. She was my best friend’s younger sister. I visited her on leave while on active duty and then married her. We were married for thirty-seven years before she passed away in our home. I remarried shortly afterward to a wonderful and smart woman. It has been over seven years and going strong in Christ Jesus. If it was not for our faith and Jesus, I would not be here.
My story is long and covers many years and states and countries. In March of 1995, I told the Lord in a prayer that if He would remove the addiction of tobacco from me, I would serve Him for the rest of my years. In March of 1996, I fully surrendered my life to the Lord. It is an awesome thing when the Lord delivers a person from anything. I have been serving Him since.
Courses for Ministry and Ordination
My dream is to grow deeper in God and share and lead others to Christ. I want to lead them to a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. It is through the Christian Leaders Institute and Alliance that I have the programs and courses for ministry and ordination. Being able to take these free courses is a blessing as I am on a fixed income.
I am fully retired and on a fixed income. I never received any true college courses or a degree. However, the degree of hard knocks I have mastered in. I have taken some courses with CLI, and now I am taking courses for ministry, licensing, and ordination to continue with the burning in my heart to serve and minister overseas. I looked at other resources but the cost was out of my reach. CLI put things in reach for me! The free courses are not easy. I must pay attention and do a lot of good reading. However, I am thankful for this study opportunity!
Register a Study Account
Register for a free study account, automatically enrolling you in the Getting Started Class at the Christian Leaders Learning Platform. The Getting Started class will take you less than an hour to complete.
When you log in to the Learning Platform, you will notice that the Getting Started Class automatically appears on your dashboard.
The Getting Started Class will orientate you to the Christian Leaders Learning Platform and the Programs offered, including:
- Ministry Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees with the Christian Leaders Institute.
- Minister Credentialling (Ordination) with the Christian Leaders Alliance, including local Soul Center registration possibilities.
Note: You can enroll in tuition-free courses or mini-courses immediately without finishing the getting started class.
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