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This Undivided Life

Dec 12, 2023

Rich, a native of San Jose, California, studied music at The Phil Mattson School, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Jessup University. Over the years, he has worked as a church musician and ministry leader. He writes, consults, and speaks about the intersection of creativity, faith and leadership.

His new book, MINDBLOWN: Unlock Your Creative Genius by Bridging Science and Magic (2022), deconstructs creativity and the creative process. His first book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader (2014), has helped thousands of church musicians and has appeared on the reading list at several universities. As a freelance writer, Rich writes here on, and several other prominent sites and has traveled throughout the US speaking to leaders and creatives.

As a musician and songwriter, Rich is part of A Beautiful Liturgy, a unique collaboration with his daughter, Emilie Kirkpatrick. They released a five-song EP in 2016, a Christmas single and music video “Glory Be to God” in 2018, and a single and music video “In the Silence” in 2020. In March of 2012, Rich released a five-song EP titled “Drink The Divine.” His works are published by A Beautiful Liturgy Music (ASCAP), Epic Stache Music (ASCAP), and administered by his company Tehilla Music.

Rich loves a good espresso and deep conversations with friends, new and old. He lives in the East Bay Area, California, with his wife and family.