Rick Hagans has been preaching since he was 9 years old; now, at 60 years old, that's a long time. Over all those years, God has been faithful and Rick has been, if nothing else, persistant.
Rick attended the Rhama Bible Training Center in 1979 where he graduated and more importantly met his lovely wife, Kim. Rick and Kim have now been wonderfully married for almost four decades.
In 1980 Rick went to study and be discipled at David Wilkerson's Twin Oaks Leadership Academy in Lindale, Texas. To this day Rick credits his times and study in Texas with David Wilkerson, Leonard Ravenhill, Dallas Holmes, Keith Green, and others as the most
important preparation time in his life. According to Rick, "The paths of preaching that have led me all across America and around the world all seem to lead from what God did during my season in Lindale, Texas." Then, after graduating from this training center Rick founded a Christian Coffeehouse/ministry center called the Upper Room in his hometown of Auburn, Alabama.
The same year that Rick graduated from the Twin Oaks Leadership Academy he also graduated from the Missouri School of Auction in Kansas City. For Rick, being an auctioneer was one of his 'tent-making' efforts. Rick has often worked a 'secular' (aka normal) job at the same time he was ministering. "Preaching has been my life for over 40 years," Rick says, "but I've also had a lot of jobs to pay my bills." Rick has been an auctioneer, land sales researcher, social worker, counselor, roofer, roadie, high school teacher (history and Spanish), track and cross-country coach; all the while never stopping his primary passion, preaching the gospel.
In 1981 Rick's Upper Room ministry relocated and became East Alabama Challenge, a christian coffeehouse, drop-in ministry center & outreach. While running this outreach center Rick graduated from Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, Alabama with his Associates degree.
After that he graduated from Auburn University with honors and a B.A. in Social Work and Psychology in 1984.
One week after graduating from Auburn University Rick received a phone call from David Wilkerson offering him a job back in Lindale, Texas. Rick took the job and moved to Texas with his wife Kim in 1984 to begin work for World Challenge Ministries.
Rick worked for World Challenge from 1984 until 1986 as a staff evangelist doing primarily, 'small-town evangelism'. He also helped at David Wilkerson's national and international conferences and crusades. Rick was also the youth pastor for David Wilkerson's church in Van, Texas during this time.
According to Rick, the most memorable and meaningful experience during this time was going to New York City in 1985 and again in 1986 with 'Brother Dave'. Rick was able to minister alongside of David Wilkerson in all five of New York City's boroughs during these summer outreaches. He also got to attend Brooklyn Tabernacle at their old Flatbush Avenue location. While there Rick thought that a subway running under the church was the Hoy Spirit shaking him. While pastor Jim Cymbala laughed at Rick's rural reflection on the subway's rattling, years later he would have this same rural Rick Hagans preach in his pulpit and share alongside him at conferences.
When David Wilkerson moved from Texas to NYC to start Times Square Church in 1987 Rick made the decision to move, with his wife and oldest son RC, back to Alabama instead of starting his family in New York City. So with the blessing and support of his mentor, Wilkerson, Rick moved to Alabama and started Harvest Evangelism.