Rick Byrne was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1985. He lived in Michigan for 22 years, raising two children, working as a journalist, and was Editor In Chief of an award-winning newspaper in the Detroit suburbs. He moved to Tennessee in 2004 to begin work as a market analyst for a healthcare company, and worked there until 2010, when he left and started his own company, Middle Tennessee Services, which performs commercial property inspections for banks and insurance companies. In his spare time, he likes to work on cars, and has worked on the pit crew of racing teams in the ARCA and NASCAR Truck series.
Though baptized Catholic, Rick came to the Episcopal Church in 2011, here at St. Paul’s. He became involved in youth ministry almost immediately. He said, “There’s a thrill in being surrounded by energetic, inquiring minds that may be struggling to figure out where God fits into their already-busy lives. There’s nothing better than seeing them have those ‘I get it’ moments when they figure something out.” Rick sees it as an advantage that he has worked his whole life in the private sector before coming to this ministry. Working at a small, hometown newspaper taught him the value of community. “I don’t think it’s an accident that I wound up here, with that type of experience, in a community where it can be applied to guide St. Paul’s youth on the path to Christ,” he said. “That’s the hand of God at work.”
Rick is also active in Pilgrimage, Men’s Club, Ministry Formation Groups, Summer Sunday Breakfasts, Second Wednesday Suppers and the Over-70s Luncheons, and can be talked into helping just about anybody.