Rico joined the All Souls staff team in 1994 as Associate Minister (Evangelism). Born in Chile in 1966, the son of a business man and a nurse, Rico grew up in Uganda and Zaire. He was educated at Sherborne School, Dorset and spent a gap year working as a youth worker in inner–city Liverpool. He then studied history at Bristol University, where he captained the rugby side.
His progress towards full time Christian ministry began with a period as a Lay Assistant at Christ Church Clifton in Bristol. He found it thrilling to teach the Bible and so after working briefly for Hewlett Packard, he moved on to train for ordination at Wycliffe College, Oxford. Again, he was a regular member of the university rugby team.
He was ordained in 1994 and soon after was appointed to the staff team at All Souls. His main role is to help the hundreds of enquirers about the Christian faith who come through the doors of the church each year.
He has spent the last few years developing ‘Christianity Explored’ which he co–wrote with Barry Cooper, Christianity Explored product developer. Further information about the course and the full range of resources available can be found on the Christianity Explored website.
In 2003 Rico led the Oxford University ‘OICCU’ Mission, and he is a National Director of Christians in Sport.
Rico’s hobbies are rugby, golf (he has a handicap of 9.6) and films.
He married Lucy in December 2008 and their little boy Peter was born in October 2010.