The book of Ruth paints a beautiful story of the life of three primary characters. It ranges from loss and sadness to loyalty and commitment. It is a love story which leads to a rewarding future and rich blessings from God. But beyond the story, there are lessons in this story that pertain directly to us and our lives today. Come along, as we begin to understand that the story of Ruth is a story about us.
Rick Shabi was ordained an elder in 2000, and relocated to northern Florida in 2004. He attended Ambassador College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Accounting. After enjoying a rewarding career in corporate and local hospital finance and administration, he became a pastor in January 2011. Since then, he and his wife Deborah have served in the Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, churches. Rick served as the Treasurer for the United Church of God from 2013–2022, and was named President in May 2022.