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After The Disaster, Inc.
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation

2612 Division Street Extension
Parkersburg, WV 26101-9061
Phone (304) 834-3966 (ask for Joy)

Treasurer • Dr. Rick Sawyer

Rabbi Dr. Rick SawyerMessianic Rabbi Dr. Rickard Leavitt Sawyer, a.k.a. Ari Levitt or Ari benGavri’el haLevi, (1946- ) is a Messianic Jewish Theologian, and founder of Family Bible Messianic Ministries. He presently serves After The Disaster as Treasurer and Webmaster.

In addition to a successful secular business management career spanning more than 40 years, Rabbi Dr. Rick Sawyer has served the Messianic Community in numerous leadership positions since 1961 including the offices of Rabbi, Pastor/Teacher, Teaching Elder, Associate Pastor, Youth Minister, Church Chairman/Administrator, Deacon, Christian Education Director, Sunday School Department Chairman, Resident Theologian, and Professor of Systematic Theology. Licensed as a Minister of the Gospel in 1988 and ordained to the Ministry in 1991, he has known Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) as his Lord and Savior since 1953. He has been privileged to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in East Tennessee, in the Holy Lands, and in his native West Virginia.

After graduating from Parkersburg High School (1963) and attending West Virginia University’s Parkersburg Center (1963-1964, now West Virginia University at Parkersburg), he served on active duty with the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during the Viet Nam war. Upon receiving his separation from active duty, he remained in the San Francisco area where he married Barbara Gaye Hart (of blessed memory, 1949-2008) of Lafayette, a suburb of San Francisco, in 1967. Their only son, Aaron Paul, born in 1973 in Walnut Creek, California, is a graduate (B.A.) of Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, Tennessee, with a double major in Bible and Counseling. After serving in pastoral ministry for several years, he completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician, followed by additional training and national certification as an Advanced Paramedic. He now manages an ambulance company in Dayton Ohio. Aaron’s wife, Terri Lynn Blank of Dayton, Ohio, completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education. The couple were married in Kettering, Ohio, on August 10, 1996, and have two children, Joshua Caleb, born in 2001, and Elizabeth Ruth, born in 2003.

Dr. Sawyer’s secular experience included management and supervision in a wide variety of industries and environments including law enforcement, commercial and industrial security, engineering research and development, data processing, information and computer security, contingency planning and disaster recovery, publishing, and business management consulting. He successfully managed staffs of more than 60 subordinates with annual budgets greater than six million dollars. From 1981 until his retirement in 2008 he provided consultation services to numerous churches, parachurch and civic organizations, and other (primarily) not-for-profit community service organizations, particularly in the areas of initial organization and incorporation, in the development of governing documents such as constitutions, bylaws, policies and procedures, in-house staff training, and in providing data processing and desktop publishing support services. From 1988 to 2008 he and his late wife operated a natural health and wellness practice.

As a Christian educator and administrator, he served as Administrator of Grace School of Theology and Ministry (Pleasant Hill, California), as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Golden State School of Theology (Oakland, California), and as Professor of Systematic Theology and Comparative Religion, Instructor of English and Composition, and Assistant Dean of Directed Individualized Studies at Spring Valley Bible College and Seminary (Alameda, California). He conducted numerous graduate and post-graduate courses and seminars on church administration, Christian doctrine, comparative religion, and the cults, both in the classroom and in the local church. He holds an Associate of Arts degree (with honors) in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Management and Church Administration, a Master of Arts (summa cum laude) in Biblical Studies, a Master of Theology (summa cum laude) in Systematic Theology, a Doctor of Theology (summa cum laude) in Cults and Comparative Religion, a Doctor of Ministry (summa cum laude) in Bible College Administration and Curriculum Development, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree.

Dr. Sawyer has authored numerous briefs and papers on Christian doctrine and theology, church administration, world religions, the cults, and the occult, as well as a handbook of church administration which has been used successfully by several churches as a guide to reorganization for increased effectiveness and efficiency of ministry. Most of the teaching materials from his entire life, plus nearly 2000 pages of new material, are now available on his website at Go here for additional biographical information.

In addition to his responsibilities at After The Disaster, he is active in a number of volunteer emergency and disaster response organizations. A licensed Amateur Radio Operator (WV8DOC), he is a Trustee for Wood County Emergency Communications (an amateur radio organization that provides backup communications for emergency agencies and the community when normal communications facilities are overloaded or unavailable). He is also a Communications Technician with Tyler County Search and Rescue and the Tyler County Office of Emergency Management, and is a member of the Region 1 Interoperable Committee of the West Virginia Statewide Interoperable Radio Network (SIRN). He is a state-certified Communications Group Leader (COML) and Certified West Virginia Auxiliary Communicator (WV AUXCOMM). He also served for five years as the Deputy Director of Wood County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and two years as a volunteer with the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross where he was the Government Liaison for the northwestern third of West Virginia.