He has been married to his wife, Misty McCray Sharpless, for 22 years. Pastor Rick and Misty have three children, Destiny, age 20, a Sophomore at Fairmont State University; Chloe, age 11, in 5th grade at Mason Dixon Elementary; and Wyatt, age 11, in 5th grade at Mason Dixon Elementary.
Rick is a 1997 graduate of the West Virginia Junior College and a 1999 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is currently completing courses through the Haggard School of Ministry for the Evangelical Methodist Church.
He is employed with First Energy Corporation at Fort Martin Power Station Maintenance. He also works with his family on their farm, High Meadow Cattle, in Hagans, WV.
Pastor Rick entered the ministry at the age of 33, ministering in roles as a Youth Director, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and currently as Pastor at Victory EMC.