Apostle Eric F. Ricks, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was born in 1940. In 1965, he rededicated his life to Christ and became a member of Deliverance Evangelistic Church under the pastorate of the late Benjamin Smith, Sr. There he received his indigenous ministry training, and discovered and activated his spiritual gifts of teaching and evangelism.
In 1972, after following the direction of the Lord, Minister Ricks became the founder and pastor of Deliverance Evangelistic Church of Burlington, New Jersey, (presently known as Faith Deliverance Worship Center, Inc. )
His ministry vision is SAVE—Spiritual, Academic, Vocational, and Economic development and empowerment.
In 1978, he received a Certificate in Ministry from the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) in Philadelphia, where he served as a member of the executive board for a number of years and chairman of the Sponsoring Association.
During the following years, Pastor Ricks served in mission ministry at Christian Haitian Outreach (CHO). For many years he served as a member of the executive board and was elected chairman of the board for three years. While serving, he helped to develop bylaws and set policies for the ministry. Over the years God has taken him to Jamaica, Haiti, various states throughout the United States, and many African nations preaching the gospel, teaching family enrichment seminars, and ministering at various leadership conferences and church development workshops. For several years, he had two fifteen minute radio broadcasts. The one out of Trenton, NJ was an AM station; the other out of Jenkintown, PA was a FM station. For a numbers of years, he was personally tutored in biblical Greek by Professor Lesley Sloat one of the professor at Westminster Seminary. The book was “New Testament Greek for Beginners”, by J. Gresham Machen. In order to master it, he went through the book at least three times.
As one of the leaders in the church, his mandate is: (a) to set things in order, (b) to assume and exercise general leadership over a number of pastors, church leaders and churches, (c) to inaugurate elders, and (d) to plant, establish, merge, or dissolve churches. His ministry emphasizes mentoring, worship, outreach, Christian education, fellowship, the five-fold ministry, and lay leadership activation.
In 2007, Pastor Ricks authored his first book, “Woman, God Made You a Queen for Life.”
Ricks’ spiritual declaration is Proverbs 3:5 7, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
Eric has been pastoring the same church since 1972 with his lovely wife, Minister Vernell Ricks, by his side. They have been happily married since 1962.
Reverend Vernell Ricks was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. At the age of twelve her family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she grew up and was educated in the Public School System. She is the second oldest of ten children.
In 1965, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and served faithfully under the pastorate of the late Reverend Benjamin Smith Sr. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was under this ministry that her spiritual gifts of teaching, helps and service were discovered and developed.
In 1972, she joined her husband, Eric F. Ricks, in establishing Deliverance Evangelistic Church (now known as Faith Deliverance Worship Center) in Burlington, NJ. She has served faithfully as church administrator, teacher, preacher and Biblical Counselor for many years. Reverend Ricks has started a food pantry, participated in coat and school supply drives, and worked with various missions' organizations. The Lord has taken her to numerous nations to minister including Jamaica, Haiti, and several countries in West Africa.
Reverend Vernell Rickshas ministered at conferences and retreats for women, marriage seminars and classes such as "The Excellent Wife" and "Spiritual Gifts" because of her many years of experience as a "Pastor's Wife" she has been able and willing to minister to wives of pastors from various churches and denominations.
She has been happily married to Apostle Eric F. Ricks, since December 8, 1962. She is the proud mother of her daughter Elizabeth and elated grandmother of three grandchildren Timothy, Alicia, and Amir. Her spiritual emphasis is found in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".