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Gerald Lee Ricks will serve as the Worship Leader for the 2021 Virginia Annual Conference from June 18-19.

Ricks is a Florida native and was raised in Georgia. With a career that has spanned from conductor, to worship designer, and to educator, Ricks holds an Associate of Science in Education from Macon State College, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia Southwestern State University, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Mercer University. 

In addition to leading music at various United Methodist connectional events and conferences, Ricks served on the staffs of various metro Atlanta United Methodist congregations, including Ousley (Lithonia, GA), Wesley Chapel (McDonough, GA), Glenn Memorial (Atlanta, GA), and Central (Atlanta, GA).  He most recently served as the minister of worship and arts at Brown Baptist Church, one the largest churches in the Mississippi area with a congregation of 12,000 members. 

For the upcoming Annual Conference session, Ricks is seeking musicians in the conference for opportunities to assist both virtually and in person. Specifically needed are:

  • Acoustic Guitarist
  • Electric Guitarist
  • Alto
  • Bass
  • Soprano, and
  • Pipe organist

Please share your interest and availability for these positions by emailing music@vaumc.org.

More about Gerald Lee Ricks

Gerald Lee Rick’s distinctive style, skill and charisma has paved the way for him to become a notable conductor and music director in the Southeastern region.  He has collaborated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serving as the assistant director and accompanist of the Gospel Choir producing both The Atlanta Gospel Christmas Concert Series and S. Truett Cathy (Founder of Chick-fil-A)  90th birthday celebration at the Woodruff Arts Center.  Gerald also served as the director of the Imani Voices at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Most recently, Gerald vocally collaborated with the Heritage Signature Chorale and the National Symphony Orchestra in the production of “Get Out.”

Ricks and his family currently reside in Southern Maryland where he operates The Gospel Chick Food Truck and the Holy Hell Kitchen. When he is not cooking or creating music, he enjoys reading, fishing, grilling and spending time with his family. Ricks is married to Dr. Crystal M. Ricks and they have three beautiful and gifted children: Hudson Daniel, Hannah Storm, and Ahmod Xavier.