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Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. Brings Clarity to Life’s Issues

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Founder, Vous Church

Author, Sandcastle Kings, Thomas Nelson 2015

Reality Show, Rich in Faith on Oxygen Network

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A RENDEZVOUS WITH CHRIST

Rich has been tremendously successful with his ministry pursuits. His church, Vous, began in 2007 as a young adult gathering called the Rendezvous, hosted by Rich and his wife,  DawnChere. Every Tuesday night, young people gathered to worship and learn about God. Over time, the meetings grew to over 1000 people. Tuesday is now known as “Vous-day,” and the gatherings have transformed into a church. Services now include worship music, teaching, rap, spoken word, dance and many other creative elements.  He is also friends with several celebrities. In 2014, he performed the wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and Kanye designed the cover of Sandcastle Kings.

Despite the growing numbers in his church and the “big names” he knows, Rich remains focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus as his purpose for ministry. He says that is the element that keeps people coming. “What is church about? How to live better lives? Be good people? Those are elements of course, but we gather because we are dead in our sins and Christ has come to make us alive to him. That message will always be attractive to those that are far from

God,” he says.   Rich wants to be known as, “The guy who is a lover of Jesus and a builder of the local church.”
He says of the term, celebrity pastor,  “ I don’t even know what that means. We are  people in the trenches, doing life with folks, who love the city and spread the gospel, being authentic to who they are and serving Jesus.”

RICH IN FAITH

Rich is looking forward to December 9, 2015, when his brand new reality TV show, Rich in Faith, debuts on Oxygen Network. The show follows Rich and DawnChere as they face the joys and challenges of life as pastors. The show features the couple taking a step of faith to plant a church in Downtown Miami, and the practical obstacles Rich faces while working for his father. Viewers will also see Rich and DonChere’s journey through infertility. Rich says showing the audience genuine parts of his life gives drama, but not negativity. He says the show is not disrespectful, unhealthy, or salacious. Viewers who don’t attend church will be able to see how God can help believers navigate real-life problems. He says, “Young people are looking for transparency and authenticity- church should be the place where we are the most honest, not least. We have to be honest about weaknesses, doubts, and fears. This generation wants the real thing. We see the most traction when I talk about my pain, my struggles, my worries, my doubts and how Jesus has brought stability to those areas.”

SANDCASTLE KINGS

Sandcastle Kings encourages readers to look beyond typical, empty sources for spiritual fulfillment. Rich uses Luke 6:47-49 to show readers the foolishness of putting their trust and effort in the wrong places. 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Rich then uses four parables from Luke 7 to illustrate the many types of “houses” people attempt to build on “sand.” He says, “Each story is a metaphor for what we want to build a sandcastle on.”  He uses the story of the centurion’s faith to show how people tend to rely on themselves instead of on the grace of God. The story of the resurrection of the widow’s son shows how we can place too much emphasis on relationships. Jesus’ message about John the Baptist shows how we can give too much attention to the rules of religion. Finally, the story of the anointing by the woman with the alabaster jar shows how people can become preoccupied with the world’s way of doing things.

Trusting in these things, according to Rich, is similar to building a house on sand. However, he says if you build your house on the foundation of Jesus, you will never be disappointed.

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