Since 2007, Ric Matthews has worked with First United Church Mission in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the Minister of Mission and Community Life. An ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, Ric previously served with the Methodist Church of South Africa in four inner-city churches in Johannesburg, where he faced the harsh realities of extreme poverty, injustice, violence and apartheid.

At that time he was also privileged to work with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on a number of inner city projects. Ric has 25 years experience in leading Organizational Development and Change Management projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the USA and Thailand, including work with Deloitte Consulting in South Africa and Vancouver. He is President of Radical Momentum Consulting.