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Rick Whitlow - Pastor of Finance & Administration

What’s your story?
I have an MBA from USC. After 25 plus years as a commercial banker and in the business world, I joined the CVCHURCH staff. I love my job because I get to pursue all my passions and purposes, like reconciling faith and science (Christianity isn’t blind faith and you don’t have to commit intellectual suicide to believe it). The greatest thing for me is making a difference in the lives of other people.


I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Joann, for 36 years. Our daughter, Jysi, comes equipped with the three best grandsons in captivity, Taylor and Rylan, and a real-life mini-mom named Edy. Newborn Asher now completes the list.  Prayers for mom as they range in age from 0 to 16!

Sports or arts?
I’m a big San Francisco Giants, 49ers and USC Trojans fan. I love playing games; particularly card and board games. I enjoy photography and videography and have not yet fully given up on golf, either, although it may have given up on me.  And when it comes to art, well, all my taste is in my mouth!

Favorite book?

Besides the Bible I have three: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by (Geissler and Turek),  “Deadline” by Randy Alcorn (it’s faith-based fiction and makes you think), and “Federation” by Judith and Garfield Reeves Stevens (best Star Trek-based book ever written).

Favorite movie?
Again there are two: “Awakenings” is a strong second, but my all-time favorite is “The Princess Bride”. I know. That’s simply inconceivable! But if you choose to think that, I must simply say, "As you wish!"


Contemporary Christian worship.  And I love Jazz, having been in Jazz bands from Junior High through college.  My Jazz hero is/was Maynard Ferguson.  As a Trojan I would say, "Fight On!" But as a trumpeter it would be, "Scream on!"

You secretly enjoy…?

Being a Brit and watching older Doctor Who episodes! Like many Whovians, my favorite episode is "Blink!", and two of my favorite lines are "It’s just bigger on the inside," (referring to the Doctor’s time machine/space ship). And, "Most people assume time is a linear progression from cause to effect. But from a nonlinear, non-subjective point of view it’s really just a big ball of wibbily-wobbly, timey-wimey sort of… stuff." And every year that goes by I find myself being a bit more wibbly and wobbly!

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