rclapp“Rick Clapp grew up as an ‘Army brat’ living all over the United States and Europe. While joining a church plant, right after high school, Rick met his best friend and future wife Laura. Rick and Laura became great friends and both were the first interns of their church pursuing their personal calls into full time ministry. In college, Rick received his Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Laura received her Bachelors degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Rick and Laura were married and followed their calling into full time ministry together. A year later, they moved to Dallas, Texas and began their studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. They both graduated in April 2000, Rick with a Master of Theology Degree and Laura with Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Since July of 2000, Rick and Laura have lived in Colorado Springs. Rick has served as an Executive Pastor for over ten years and as a strategic coach with Church Community Builder (CCB). Rick continues to coach churches all across the United States and Canada on their executive strategies, processes and systems, and best practices.”

In addition, Rick and Laura are the Co-Founders of BeyondSurvival.org. Beyond Survival is a non-profit that exists to invest into the lives of orphans and vulnerable children ravaged by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, Africa. Since August 2006, their family has been partnering with many other families across Colorado and the United States to be an advocate and conduit of blessing for the of people in Swaziland.

Rick and Laura have six children: Cody, Lauren, Abby, Sam, Isaiah, and Laila. Their family enjoys biking, Jeep exploring, family big breakfasts, and Dallas Cowboys football. Their heartbeat is to leave a legacy with their lives that is lasting and makes a difference in the lives of people. You can follow their family’s weekly adventures on their blog at clapptribe.blogspot.com.