Dr. Richard Marks (Rick) serves as Vice President for a statewide community-based relationship strengthening organization called Live the Life, Inc.
Dr. Marks earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor and an ordained minister, Dr. Marks is a 12 year U.S. Navy veteran. Dr. Marks has served in various capacities from senior manager at private psychiatric hospitals, graduate school professor, Director of family ministries of a 28,000 member church, and most recently, as Special Assistant of Healthy Family and Fatherhood Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Kansas.
Dr. Marks is a leader in the movement to strengthen marriages and families through relationship skills educational models, relationship coaching, and counseling. He developed relationship intensives for highly distressed marriages that have an 85% success rate in keeping marriages together.
Dr. Marks is the author of Relationships for Life. In addition, he is the co-author of a 22 hour intensive marriage education program for distressed marriages.
Dr. Marks served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives from 2003-2007. Dr. Marks has been a keynote and conference speaker in conferences such as FSAE, Metal Treating Associations Management training seminars, Smartmarriages, North American Conference for Divorced and Separated Catholics, and Association of Marriage and Family Ministries. He conducts both relationship and single adult retreats around the country as well as seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the workplace. He wrote articles for local publications in the Jacksonville, Florida area and served for over two years as a relationship expert on The Morning Show in Jacksonville bi-weekly and currently serves as a regular guest speaker on a local talk show in Jacksonville titled The Chat.
A passionate and popular speaker, Wuerffel shares how his experiences playing football have influenced his life. He is a former American college and professional football athlete who played quarterback for the University of Florida and the New Orleans Saints, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. While at the University of Florida, Wuerffel led the Gators to four SEC Championships and the university’s very first National Football Title. He won the 1996 Heisman Trophy and set 17 NCAA and University of Florida records. In 2013, Wuerffel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Born in Pensacola, Florida, Wuerffel grew up as the son of an Air Force Chaplain, living all over the country as well as three years in Spain. He now calls Atlanta his home with his wife, Jessica; two sons, Jonah and Joshua; and a daughter, Macy.
We invite you to come and join us for the 48th Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 13, 2018.