Rick Sawyer Portrait Dr. Rick Sawyer
Messianic Torah-Teacher
Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
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My Resume

Also Known As (My Aliases)

Born May 17, 1946, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
Born Again March 15, 1952, Parkersburg, West Virginia




• Graduated summa cum laude, valedictorian from Th.M., Th.D., and D.Min. programs

• Maintained a consistent 4.0+ grade point average in all upper division, graduate, and postgraduate studies

• Graduated with honors third in the class from A.A. program with a 3.96 earned GPA

• Declined nomination for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1972, 1973

• Admitted to faculty of Spring Valley Bible College and Seminary while still a graduate theology student

Graduate and Postgraduate Work

• Trinity College of Natural Health, Warsaw, Indiana. Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) candidate, five years

• Golden State School of Theology, Oakland, California. Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) with a specialty in Bible College Administration and Curriculum Development (01/84-06/85)

• Spring Valley Bible College and Seminary, Alameda, California. Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) with a specialty in Cults and Comparative Religion (06/83-06/84)

• Spring Valley Bible College and Seminary, Alameda, California. Master of Theology (Th.M.) with a specialty in Systematic Theology (03/83-01/84)

• Bay Cities Bible Institute, Oakland, California. Completed 66 of 90 units toward a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biblical Studies before transferring to Th.M. program (09/81-06/83)

• University of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California. Master of Business Administration(M.B.A.) in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Church Administration (1980)

Undergraduate Work

• University of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration (1778)

• Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California. Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Administration of Justice-Peace Officer (1973)

• Berean School of the Bible, Springfield, Missouri (1980-1981)

• Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, Tennessee (1966)

• College of Guam, Agaña, Guam (1966)

• West Virginia University at Parkersburg (1963-1964)

Technical Schools

• National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals, Winona Lake, Indiana

• DeVry Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

• Contra Costa County Reserve Peace Officer Academy, Martinez, California

• Electronics Training Lab, Emeryville, California

• St. Joseph s Hospital Medical Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Surgical Technician School

• Hewlett-Packard/Sanborn Service School. Advanced EKG Technician School

• United States Navy Service Schools

- Hospital Corpsman

- Neuropsychiatric Technician

- Electroencephalograph Technician

- Electrocardiograph Technician

Primary and Secondary Schools
(Obviously, of interest only to those in the Parkersburg area)

• Parkersburg (W.Va.) High School, Class of 1963 (last freshman class to attend PHS)

• Jackson Jr. High, Vienna, W.Va. (first class to attend Jackson)

• Neale Jr. High, Vienna, W.Va. (last class to attend Neale as a Jr. High)


Ministry History

 Center for Messianic Learning
formerly Family Bible Messianic Ministries
(Originally chartered as Family Bible Church)
Parkersburg, West Virginia (1997 - present)
Messianic Jewish Theologian

 Abundant Life Health Ministries
Parkersburg, West Virginia (1994 - 2014)
Herb Shop & Natural Health Clinic, providing pastoral and wellness counseling

 First Christian Fellowship
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Associate Pastor/Teacher

 Ridgeview Baptist Church
Knoxville, Tennessee
Ordained Minister, Adult Bible Teacher

 Camino Community Church
Camino, California
Ordained Minister
Pastoral Assistant
Church Chairman/Administrator

 Christian Fellowship Church
[now named Grace Bible Church]
Pleasant Hill, California
Licensed Minister
Christian Education Consultant
Liaison to Grace School of Theology and Ministry
Chairman of Adult Sunday School Department

 Grace School of Theology and Ministry
Pleasant Hill, California
School Administrator
Cataloging Librarian
MIS Director

 Foothills Community Church
Moraga, California
Founding Elder
Teaching Elder
Associate Pastor/Teacher

 Golden State School of Theology
Oakland, California
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chairman of Curriculum Development and Academic Committees
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Assistant Dean of Directed Individualized Studies
Professor of Theology and Comparative Religion
Instructor of English Grammar and Composition

 Martinez Christian Fellowship
Martinez, California
Associate Pastor

 Bethel Temple
Walnut Creek, California
Interim Youth Minister
Junior High Minister
Assistant Choir Director
Bible Teacher

 U.S. Naval Hospital Chapel
Agaña, Guam, Mariana Islands
Youth Minister

 First Christian Church
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Received Yeshua HaMashiach as personal LORD and Savior at age 6
Began assisting with children s Sunday School teaching at age 10
Began teaching children s Sunday School at age 14
Selected to serve as Junior Deacon at age 15


Secular History

Over 45 years of career experience in management and administration in a wide diversity of business environments. Successfully managed staffs of more than 75 subordinates with annual budgets in excess of $6 million.


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