In 1990, Pastor Rickie Rush founded the Inspiring Body of Christ Church (IBOC) and church membership flourished from tens to more than 15,000. He has ensured that IBOC fulfills the words of Jesus found in Matthew 4:19: “Follow Me and I will Make You Fishers of Men.” IBOC is well known for holding the largest privately owned aquarium in the world as featured on the popular Animal Planet television show, Tanked. The aquarium is utilized as a critical ministry tool that has touched the lives of thousands of people. Devoted to ensuring people are restored and have the capacity to thrive alongside others, his energy drives the unique methods he utilizes to impart wisdom and teach biblical principles.
His love for teaching God’s Word steered him toward a myriad of local and national television and radio programs. Using his gift of communication, he has crossed continents and cultural boundaries to reach diverse audiences. He is the author of two books, May I Have Your Order, Please? and The Pendulum: Come Out Swinging Through the Difficult Times, and two plays, which he has also produced. Propelled to spread God’s message of hope and encouragement to the masses, Pastor Rickie G. Rush has developed and produced numerous conferences.