Bio

Building Hope Conference 1199

paragraph break graphic 01 01I was raised in Southern California, where I surfed; played football; and grew up with mountain lions, monkeys, and honey bears for pets.

I embraced the “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” lifestyle of the ‘60s. Then In 1970 my life radically changed. I experienced God’s love and forgiveness through what is now known as the “Jesus Movement.”

I met my wife, Fran, while attending Westmont College in California. She was an excellent student, and I was a zealous “Jesus Freak” who cared little about academics. I was too busy trying to change the world. During the last few months at Westmont I had what I consider an “academic conversion.” I realized I needed to love God not only with my heart, but also with my mind.

Over the next nine years, I earned an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. in New Testament from Westminster Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from William Carey International University.

From 1992-1999 I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) in Urban Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. I’ve also served as an Adjunct Professor in Islamics for Fuller Theological Seminary and Columbia International University. Then, in 2000, I moved to England to become the International Director of Frontiers.

I stepped down from Frontiers in 2007 to pursue the broader implications of peacemaking in what I call a “glocalized world.” In 2008, I spent my sabbatical as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Yale Center for Faith and Culture’s Reconciliation Program at Yale Divinity School and shortly afterwards founded Peace Catalyst International, which devotes much of its resources to peacemaking between Muslims and Christians.

In 2012 I became a certified mediator and was appointed Associate Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative.

You can contact me at ricklove@peace-catalyst.net or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Please note that this is my personal website and does not necessarily represent the views of Peace Catalyst International or any other organization that I am affiliated with.