Sports & Rec Plus is a world impact Christian Minsitry that equipts churches, mission organizations and individual Christians to use sports, recreation and all types of leisure-time activiites--camping, games, arts & crafts, mission trips, sports, drama, community outreach events, block parties, day camps, retreats, camping, social activities, trips--for outreach, evangelism, church planting, and church growth.
We do this by producing resources, holding training workshops and conferences, leading mission trips, preaching revivals and crusades, one-on-one consulting with churches on ways for them to reach their community and world for Christ.
The support of Sports & Rec Plus comes from the Lord through donations, and the sale of its publications, products, resources and services.
About our President and Founder, Rev. Rick Mitchell.
The President and Founder of Sports & Rec Plus is Rev. Rick Mitchell. Sports & Rec Plus is a worldwide Church Planting ministry that equips churches, individual Christians, and mission organizations on how to go into areas where there is no gospel and no church. Then, begin recreation activities, build relationships, start Bible studies, and as God leads, plant churches.
Rick was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.
His parents were both Christians and active in their church. His dad was a deacon and taught Sunday School. His mom worked in the church office. He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of eight and at twelve years of age committed his life to full-time Christian service.
Rick graduated from college at Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee and seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served churches as Pastor, Minister of Music, Minister of Youth, Minister of Religious Education, Minister of Recreation, International Missionary and Church Planter.
Rick is married and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Ooltewah, TN, U.S.A. They have one daughter, Emily, who is married and lives with her husband, Jimmy, in Ooltewah, Tennessee. They have two children, both boys, Kyle and Ryan. Rick and his wife also served as missionaries in the Philippines, under appointment with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, from 1985-1993.
Rick has written over 10 books on outreach and evangelism through recreation and has over 75 magazine articles to his credit. He is a “crazy” person and will soon be admitted to an institution for the humorously insane.
Rick is founder and the only president of Sports & Rec Plus since its beginning in 1995.