Ricky Harrison, native of Dallas, TX, grew up at Buckingham UMC and FUMC Richardson where he was actively involved in Bridgeport Camps and the North Texas Conference Council on Youth Ministry. Ricky received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from McMurry University in Abilene, TX. While in Abilene, he was active in campus ministry and served at St. James UMC where he had the joy of preaching weekly and working with youth.
In 2014, Ricky moved to Durham, North Carolina where he pursued a Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. During seminary, Ricky served on staff at the Apex UMC Family of Faith Communities in ministry with youth and families. After graduating in 2017, Ricky was commissioned by the North Texas Annual Conference and moved back to Texas to serve FUMC Decatur.
In 2019, Ricky was ordained an Elder in Full Connection by the North Texas Annual Conference. Through his 4.5 years in Decatur, Ricky led the efforts to plant and launch Pecan Street Mission, a new faith community anchored in FUMC Decatur. This work in church development fostered in him a passion for ministry with people beyond the walls of the church. From the “nones” & “dones” to those who are new to town and simply have no meaningful connection to a community of faith, Ricky’s passion for connecting the Church with the world fuels his vision for ministry.
Beyond the local church, Ricky serves the denomination and local community in a multitude of ways. Since 2012 Ricky has served on the North Texas Delegations to General & Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church. During this time, he spent 4-years serving on the Connectional Table, the leadership body tasked with stewarding the mission & ministry of the denomination in between General Conferences. In 2020 Ricky was appointed to the Board of Ordained Ministry in the North Texas Annual Conference. Locally, Ricky serves as the Chair of the Board for CASA of Wise & Jack Counties, supporting those who advocate for children in the foster care system. Ricky also serves as Board Chair for Operación Abrigo, an ecumenical non-profit ministry serving families living in poverty in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Whether in our own backyard or across the border, Ricky seeks to serve the poor, the outcast, and the neglected people who hold a special place in God’s heart.
This spring, Ricky and his beautiful wife Abigail celebrated their wedding. Abigail hails from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and is in her fifth year serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at Keller UMC. Ricky and Abigail are excited to share this new season of their lives with the communities in Boyd and Rhome.
Ricky’s parents resides in Wichita Falls, where his mother serves at First United Methodist Church, and his sister is an E.R. Nurse in Dallas. In his free time, Ricky loves to read theology and fantasy fiction, spend time outdoors, experiment with cooking, and listen to Willie Nelson. He can typically be found sporting a pair of Chaco Sandals during all seasons of the year in perpetual protest against closed-toe shoes.
Ricky has a deep love for Wise County and is incredibly excited to enter this new season of ministry serving alongside the communities of Rhome & Boyd.