Rick is founder and CEO of Hope for Miami, which seeks to strengthen families and organizations in south Florida. He works alongside his wife, Yvonne, and 80 team members. He came to Miami in 1995, after serving in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia in church planting. Rick began his “faith and work” journey several years ago reading and listening to faith, work, and economic proponents and was invited to sit in on an Made to Flourish Learning Community in 2016. From there, he inquired about the possibility of launching a city network in Miami and is eager to see God build a “gospel ecosystem” in south Florida in partnership with Made to Flourish.
Rick has also launched Hope Network of the Carolinas in his hometown of Asheville, NC. The vision and mission is similar to that of Hope for Miami, with a current emphasis on children of incarcerated parents. The Sawyers have five children and three grandchildren.