Rick Shurtz is the McNeil Campus Pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas and leads the Grow Department at Gateway (Life Groups, Networks, & Spiritual Formation). Previously, Rick helped start ministries in the Soviet Union with Campus Crusade for Christ, in Chicago at Willow Creek Community Church, and in Denver as a church planter. Rick is the author of Freebird, which is about the intersection of work and faith. He has a master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rick and his wife, Deborah, have two children.