About Rick Alonzo
An artist and evangelist, Rick Alonzo devoted his life to God’s service in 1992. Rick’s unique and inspiring presentations feature him painting pictures that symbolize Christ’s love. Set to contemporary music, Rick incorporates martial arts and gymnastics to demonstrate the power and grace inherent in God’s word. Using his hands and feet, and the love of the Lord that’s on fire in his heart, Rick illustrates the Gospel and shares a message of hope for a lost and dying world. Born in the Philippines, Rick came to live in the United States at the age of 12. After studying art from Long Beach State University, Rick returned to his home in Fresno where he worked for a nonprofit organization as their art director, teaching gymnastics and martial arts. It was during this time that Rick began to feel that something was missing in his life. While humbly seeking the Lord’s will for his future, Rick clearly heard God tell him that he was to use his artistic gifts to reach the world for Him.
For the past 18 years, Rick has traveled around the world preaching the Gospel wherever he feels the Lord leading him. He is as content performing in front of a small church congregation as he is in an arena filled with 40,000 people.
He has spoken at youth pastor conventions, camps and conferences, and for various youth groups. He has ministered through street evangelism, church services, Christian school assemblies, and television programming, including TBN’s Leon Patillo Show and other cable programs. He has been invited to speak and perform for Franklin Graham Crusades. Josh McDowell, Sandi Patti, as well as teachers, principals, pastors, and Christian leaders across the nation have endorsed Rick’s ministry. He has shared stage with Christian artists such as the News Boys, Audio Adrenaline, Chris Tomlin, and Jaci Velasquez. Rick has been privileged to perform in the secular arena as well. In public school assemblies, he shares words of hope, love and racial reconciliation. He has visited juvenile halls to counsel hurting youth. Rick has also taken part in Special Olympics ceremonies, half-time shows, casinos, various festivals, prisons, and special programs at shopping malls.
Throughout his career, Rick has completed over 10,000 paintings, and his artwork is displayed in homes and churches across the globe. In addition to his artistic training, Rick is also a perpetual Bible student, committed to using God’s Word faithfully in his presentations. He studied the Bible verse by verse with Worldwide Ministry, and completed a 5-year equivalent training program in ministry and theology through Campus Crusade for Christ. Rick resides in Central California with his wife, Michelle, daughter, Faith, and sons Gideon, Jaron, and Jude. His full-time job is as the president of Rick Alonzo Ministries, a nonprofit organization committed to evangelism utilizing the arts. In his spare time, he volunteers teaching art and self-defense to children.
In the near future, Rick hopes to open an art ministry school where he can train his students to use the artistic gifts God has given them to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in need of his message of love and salvation. (This hope was fulfilled in 2014 when God led Rick to open an art school called Envision Art Studio, an outreach and training center of Rick Alonzo Ministries).