Rick Johnson was born April 4th, 1957 in Jellico, TN. He married his wife Jeannie on November 1st, 1980. Together they have three kids: Adam, Brandie and Jennifer. Additionally they have seven grandchildren. Rick was saved at a young age at Pleasant View Free Will Baptist Church. He was called to preach during a revival at Southwest Free Will Baptist Church in 1982. Rick's history with Southwest goes back a long way, in so much that he recalls being there on the day that the land was donated to the church to build Southwest.
Rick played bass guitar for the Heaven Bound Gospel Singers for about 19 years, then played bass and rhythm guitar for the Peaceful Valley Gospel Singers. After a time he began playing guitar for his dad's group called The Greenleaf Bluegrass Gospel Singers. Rick taught adult Sunday School for 29 years at a different church but taking courage from Philippians 4:13 he would find himself back at Southwest saying "God seemed to be calling me back to Southwest where I began teaching adult Sunday School and preaching God's word again.