In the summer of 1997, Rick Pickens was inspired to create a mission statement for his family and ministry which led to the formation of a theatrical puppetry production presented at fairs and festivals. Rick and his family traveled the Gulf Coast on a working vacation, performing this stage show at seasonal events. Everything was set for God to open an unexpected door, and He did.
In the beginning of 1999, Rick and Jolene were on their way to Pennsylvania to present the
prodigal story in 250 schools over the spring semester. Sunday, February 14, Rick and Jolene and their three beautiful daughters attended Life Center and decided to move across the country to be a part of this community. Since then, Rick and Jolene’s energy and zest for life have made them intricate members of the team that is cultivating what God is doing here in Harrisburg.
Rick serves as the Communications Pastor at Life Center where he excels at seeing the unique God-given capability in each individual he meets. Together with his wife Jolene, they raise a standard and assist people in reaching their full potentials.