• BA, Columbia College, NYC
  • MDiv, Berkeley School of Theology
  • MS, California State University, Hayward
  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union
rick mixon


Dr. Mixon earned a B. A. in English from Columbia College (New York, NY). Subsequently he received his M. Div. from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley, CA), a M. S. in counseling from California State University-East Bay (Hayward, CA), and Ph. D. in Religion and Personality (dissertation: “Learning the Language of Lament: On Suffering and Human Wholeness”) from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA.) He has also completed most of the work for a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary (San Anselmo, CA). In addition to working for a number of years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has taught marriage and family therapy and pastoral care and counseling at Holy Names University (Oakland, CA), Saybrook Graduate School (San Francisco), and Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA). His pastoral ministry includes interim pastorates for Dolores Street Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA and First Baptist Church (now United Church) in Granville, OH, as well as a 14.5-year tenure as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, CA.