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Dr. Rick Scarborough
Rick Scarborough holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Houston Baptist University, with a double major in Political Science and Speech.
Dr. Scarborough and Tommye, his wife, have two grown children, Richard and Misty, and one daughter in Heaven, Kathryn. Misty is married to Daniel Allmond; they have two children, Micah and Alexis.
From 1990 to June 2002, Dr. Scarborough was the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland located on the southeast side of the Houston Metroplex. During his twelve year ministry there, the church baptized over 2,000 people and relocated to a beautiful new 27-acre campus and facilities in March 2001; featuring Eagle Heights Christian Academy with faculty and student population of over 300 and Trinity Oaks Retirement Center with housing for 85 independent and assisted living units.
In 1992, Dr. Scarborough gained national recognition when he exposed the contents of a disturbing assembly program at the local high school. Under the auspices of an “AIDS Presentation,” a young lady, sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Houston, candidly discussed every sex act imaginable expressing the opinion (presented as fact) that “safe sex” was attainable by using condoms. Dr. Scarborough recorded the assembly and then made transcripts available to his congregation the following Sunday morning. The resulting furor that erupted caught the eye of the national media.
Dr. Scarborough mobilized his congregation during the following months to make significant changes in Pearland. Members began running for public office, as well as volunteering for various organizations beyond traditional “Christian ministry” seeking to become “salt and light” in their community. National Public Radio produced a two-part feature on Dr. Scarborough during which he was dubbed, “The Rising Star of the Religious Right”.
In 1996 he published the widely acclaimed 252-page book appropriately entitled, Enough is Enough; a Call to Christian Involvement. Other published works include, In Defense of Mixing Church and State and It All Depends on What Is…Is.
In 1998, he founded Vision America, an organization whose mission is to “inform and mobilize Pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America.” The advisory board of Vision America includes notable Christian leaders such as D. James Kennedy, Don Wildmon, Jerry Falwell, Adrian Rogers and Lutheran Minister, Dr. Laurence White, who serves as the National Co-Chairman along with Dr. Scarborough.
Dr. Scarborough has been featured on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson several times, as well as American Family Radio with Don Wildmon, the Day Star Network and numerous other media outlets. Salem Radio Network featured Dr. Scarborough’s one-minute commentaries across the nation calling Christians to “Stand up, Speak up and Refuse to Give up.” Dr. Scarborough hosted a weekly television program called “Enough is Enough” over Prime Time Network in 2000. His address to the conferees at Dr. D James Kennedy's Reclaiming America Conference in February of 2005 received a standing ovation from the more than 1000 in attendance and was broadcast nationally over the Coral Ridge Hour Telecast in April.
The Washington Times referred to Dr. Scarborough as one of the "rising stars in the politically active arm of American evangelicalism." Recently Dr. Scarborough's work has been featured in numerous articles and publications around the nation. A partial listing includes the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Congressional Quarterly and the Boston Globe.
Dr. Scarborough has also been a guest on MSNBC, Fox News and Larry King Live and has been covered by CNN, CBS Evening News and ABC World News Tonight.