Rick Merfeld earned a psychology degree from Luther College and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He began his professional career providing mental health services for children, couples, and families. He lived and worked among college students for over 25 years before moving into an executive leadership position with a non-profit organization.
Rick grew up in a loving Catholic home and attended 12 years of Catholic education, followed by four additional years at a Christian college. His spiritual journey continued, and Rick accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 38. Rick has been involved with parish leadership and speaks at Christian retreats. Rick and his wife, Dagmar, have been married for 31 years and reside in Iowa. They are parents of three adult sons and have three grandchildren.