Pastor Rich and Linda La Belle
Linda (Lou) and I have been here at Hickory Ridge Community Church for 6 1/2 years! We came to HRCC with 20 years of ministry experience, being on staffs at Grand Rapids First (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Christian Life Center (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), Appleton First Assembly (Appleton, Wisconsin), and Mount Hope Church (Lansing, Michigan). We have had the privilege of ministering to all types of people, from children to adults.
Our ministry began in Grand Rapids when I felt a calling to minister to children in the inner city. We began a ministry called Buddy Bear Ministries, ministering to children in the inner city on Saturday mornings. As the Lord continued to bless this ministry, we were then asked to take the Children’s Ministry at Grand Rapids First Assembly. Since those early days, we have had several wonderful opportunities.
In 2005, while at Mount Hope Church in Lansing Michigan, the Lord began to speak to our hearts about taking our own church, something we have not done before. So in January 2006, we were voted into Milford Assembly of God, which is now Hickory Ridge Community Church.
Both my wife and I love sharing the Word of God, we love people, and we love all the wonderful things God has done for us. We have been blessed with 2 children, Nicole (and Glenn) and Jared and Lana La Belle.