Elders & Wives
Ricky & Laurie Beck
Senior Pastor, Elder
Brian & Rachel Graf
Alex & Chandra Dean
Director of worship and small groups
Ricky grew up in a Christian home and trusted in Christ at the age of twelve. He married Laurie in 2001 and they have three daughters: Bailee, Annika and Julia. Ricky was called into ministry after going on a mission to trip to Mexico and is passionate about preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and seeing disciples made for the glory of God.
He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the College at Southeastern, a counseling certificate from ACBC, and a M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, under the leadership of John MacArthur. Ricky has served in various teacher/leader roles throughout his ministry. Most recently (2012-2015) he served as the Pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Randolph, NY. It was there that the Lord began to burden the Beck’s to see a vibrant church planted in Buffalo that would in turn plant other churches in western NY.
In order to prepare for this ministry they relocated to Chicago and entered a four-month residency at Harvest Bible Chapel, founded by James MacDonald.
Ricky is an avid college football fan and enjoys reading, riding bikes, and hiking with his family.