Pastor Rick Schuurmans is a native of Tyndall, South Dakota. He holds bachelor and master degrees in English from the University of South Dakota and a master of divinity degree from Covington Theological Seminary. He worked in the secular world before accepting the call to the ministry in his late thirties. He is now in his twenty-fifth year at Grace Baptist Church. He has high regard for the power of the Scriptures and loves teaching them and serving people.

Pastor Schuurmans and his wife of thirty-three years, Carol, have six children and seven grandchildren.