Rev. Adam Rick has decided to leave his job as pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican Parish in order to become the college’s full time chaplain.
Rick said he moved to Hillsdale in July of 2016 to take on both jobs part-time. As both ministries grew, both began to need a full time position.
“After a period of discernment with my wife and other trusted friends and mentors, I felt my gifts were better suited for the college. The college was very receptive to the prospect of my coming full time,” Rick said.
Rick’s position at Holy Trinity will be filled by Rev. Alan Crippen.
The fact that he and his family are not leaving the church made the choice to leave his position less challenging, Rick said.
“Holy Trinity will remain my church home,” Rick said.
This decision was tough to make, he said, in part because of the relationships his family has formed there.
“I love my ministry both on campus and at the church. I love our students, and my wife’s and my relationships at the church are like family,” Rick said. “The decision was made a bit easier by the thought that I wouldn’t have to actually depart from Holy Trinity, just that my role there would change.”
Although Rick will no longer be the pastor at Holy Trinity, he said he thinks this decision will bring much good to the campus of Hillsdale.
“I hope to also be able to oversee a bit more programmatic ministry in the form of group discipleship, vocational training, and more regular teaching outside the classroom,” Rick said.
Rick also expressed his excitement about an increase in the amount of Evensong services offered in Christ Chapel and available for all students.
“Now that we have hired a new sacred music director and have built a sacred choir, the number of those services offered every semester will only increase over time. It is a great joy for me to officiate those services but they do take a bit of effort on my part to organize,” Rick said.
Rick said taking on the full time job as the college’s chaplain will help him fulfill his calling.
“In the past five years in Hillsdale, college ministry has become an obvious application of my particular gifts, interests, and skills. I am looking forward to leaning more fully into my call from the Lord,” he said.
Not only does Rick think he will fulfill his calling to college ministry by taking on this full time job, but he is also looking forward to having only one job from now on.
“Since the day I graduated seminary in 2009, I have always had at least two jobs at a time,” he said. “It will be nice to pour all my energy into one place, and all the more so now that my family is growing and needs attention of its own.”
Katherine Rick, Adam Rick’s wife and an adjunct piano instructor and staff accompanist at Hillsdale College, expressed her thankfulness that they will remain at Holy Trinity.
“It was a bittersweet decision. However, the bitterness is tempered by the fact that we are not leaving Holy Trinity. Our role is changing, for sure, but we are not saying goodbye to friends,” Katherine Rick said.
Katherine Rick said one of her fondest memories from Holy Trinity was when there were several baptisms on a particular Easter Sunday.
“There was one Easter in particular where we had five adult baptisms all at once. It has been a privilege to witness the Spirit moving in powerful ways through that church, transforming lives, healing relationships, deepening maturity, calling folks to greater sacrifice and obedience,” Katherine Rick said.
Sophomore Andrew Buonincontro said he often sees Rick around campus helping many students out with their walk with God.
“I often see him sitting one on one with students at lunch. It’s nice to see he is invested in the spiritual welfare of the students,” Buonincontro said.
Rick agreed with his wife that this was a most bittersweet decision to make because of the opportunities he has been able to take part in through his pastorship.
“The celebration of Holy Week services is also an immense joy of mine, probably one of the major aspects of my ministry at Holy Trinity that I will miss the most,” Rick said.
Rick said he was thankful for the opportunities the Lord presented to him.
“I have presided at weddings and funerals, I have prepared families for baptism and confirmation, and I have welcomed quite a few new children into the parish family. I have shepherded my people through such times and beyond over lunches, in living rooms, and on walks,” Rick said. “It is a real privilege to be invited into people’s lives in this way, and I count it a true blessing to have been able to these past few years.”