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Committed to Share the Gospel – Rick and Della Deighton

Author: David Davolt
Published on: October 8, 2020

Longmont, Colorado, was the birthplace and home for a young Rick Deighton. His dad, Herbert, was a hardworking carpenter/contractor and his mother, Mildred, was a hardworking stay-at-home mom. His folks and three older siblings formed a coalition to help Rick understand “hard work and frugality.” Early in life, Rick declared himself an atheist saying, “I don’t believe in God, I have never seen Him.” This came about because most of the men in his family were “hard-working-skeptical-of-the-Bible” macho men.

As Rick grew, he realized his opinion of God was much more emotional than intellectual. It was much easier to deny the existence of God than face the life choices he was making. In January of 1956, Rick’s dad had a horrible accident where his arm was torn from its socket, and the main artery from his arm to his heart was ripped open, and he lost lots of blood. Rick was traumatized by the accident, and despite his unbelief, he prayed that God would spare his dad. He had a sense that God heard him, and miraculously his dad recovered.

In April of that year, Rick responded to an invitation to commit his life to Jesus. The conversion was dramatic and genuine, but later the temptations that come with being a high school young man tugged at Rick. He tried walking the line – going to church and youth group, but living on the edge of things with his school friends. He chose to be more committed to his Lord and began talking with his friends about Jesus. One, in particular, listened and ultimately responded. That was so exhilarating to Rick that he was hooked on sharing his faith for life.

Rick’s Call to Boise Bible College

In the spring of 1961, months before Rick would graduate from high school, Kenny Beckman was the revival evangelist. His messages were fervent and scholarly and forced Rick to ask, “What is God calling me to do with my life?” His minister, Talmage Pace, asked him what Bible college he was going to attend. The next thing he knew, he was at Boise Bible College in September, starting what he thought would be one year of intense Bible study. It wasn’t long, and Rick knew that growing in the knowledge of God’s Word and sharing his faith in Jesus was his life calling.

Rick made lifelong friends with the faculty at the college. Bob and Joan Ballard, Bill Humphries, and Kenny and Martha Beckman all influenced him. Fellow students like Ed Saunders and Vernon and Ellen Landreth have remained lifetime friends. He was especially blessed because attending the First Church of Christ at 18th and Eastman, where the college met was Della Lu Qualey, who soon became Mrs. Rick Deighton. Rick and Della have been married for over 57 years and are growing together each day in their faith and love.

There is no better place than Boise Bible College to learn a Biblical worldview. Consider attending for at least one year.

You may discover that studying, applying, and sharing the Word of God is your life calling – just as I did! The greatest adventure on earth is to walk with the King of the universe and live as ‘more than a conqueror’.

Life After Boise Bible College

Rick graduated from Boise Bible College in 1965 with a BA. He worked at two local churches for five years. Rick and Della founded Alpine Christian Mission, serving in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria for seven years. In 1998 they formed Overseas Outreach, and Rick has traveled to Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia for the last twenty years. Rick has a unique ability to find ways into Eastern European Universities to teach about creation science and apologetics. He has developed a network of evangelists in Eastern Europe who are preaching the Word, making disciples, and caring for those in need in orphanages and along the war zone.

For nearly forty years, Rick served as a bi-vocational minister and missionary by selling Bibles, then lighting products, and finally, he launched Rick Deighton Lighting, Inc. in 2000. These secondary vocations have provided personal funding and allow them to be generous in supporting Overseas Outreach. Rick still travels once or twice a year for weeks at a time to encourage his team and teach wherever he is invited. He has been blessed by friends who have generously funded his mission efforts over the years.

He is in the process of admitting he can’t do this forever and is recruiting help to continue the outreach activities he has begun. Rick is always ready to give an account of his faith in Jesus. Rick recently said, “I look forward to continuing to be powered by prayer, propelled by passion, and protected by providence.”

Rick validates our four values by the way he lives:

  • Scholarship: He is a scholar and always ready to share God’s Word that he has stored in his heart.
  • Humility: Rick lives to be more like Jesus and is always willing to learn from others.
  • Community: The Boise Bible College community has been a strong part of his life for over 60 years!
  • Innovation: Rick has worked to apply the Biblical text to the cultures God has led him to in Europe. He teaches the truth of the Scripture and strives to create unity through a common belief.

No one is more passionate than Rick about sharing his faith and encouraging young men and women to attend Bible College. Rick’s recent plea to consider Boise Bible College:

“There is no better place than Boise Bible College to learn a Biblical worldview. Consider attending for at least one year. You may discover that studying, applying, and sharing the Word of God is your life calling – just as I did! The greatest adventure on earth is to walk with the King of the universe and live as ‘more than a conqueror’.”

Rick has written several books, including, Ready to Give an Answer; Millions of Miracles: The Evolutionist’s Dilemma; Is The Bible Without Any Errors; and More Than Conquerors in Cultural Clashes: Confident Witnessing in Current Issues.

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