Evangelist Ricky Leonard was born on October 7, 1953 and left this earth in a blaze of Glory on a Chariot of Fire on Monday, June 18, 2018. His destination was his home in Heaven and was received there with much fanfare!
Rev Ricky lived in Wilmington, but he traveled all over the world fulfilling the calling that God gave him to “go around the world and preach the gospel sharing your testimony wherever you go.” (Mark 16:15-18 'And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”' ).
He was an Army Veteran, a horticulturalist, a plumber, and electrician, a semi-truck driver, a salesman and a large number of other trades throughout his life. But what he would want most to be remembered for is as a Servant of God. He loved to read and study the Word of God, and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many thousands of lives were changed because of his ministry. And many souls were brought to heaven with him. You can read a few of these stories in his book High Adventure Faith. He worked diligently to provide for his family and to be obedient to God. He taught everyone who would listen how to study the Word of God and how to seek to hear His voice and leading for themselves.
There will be a funeral service at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 4:00 PM. There will also be a video feed streamed on Facebook. All are welcome to attend or send a testimony of how Rev Ricky was used by God to make a difference in your life. A private burial will be held in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery in Elizabethtown, NC.
He leaves behind wife, Mary; sons, Ryan Lovell and wife Crystal, Ezekiel Leonard, Joel Leonard; daughter, Sarah Leonard; brother, Marlon "Butch" Butcher; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ricky Leonard Ministries at www.rickyleonard.net.
You may share your memories and send condolences to the family by selecting our “Guestbook” or “Share a Memory” above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Wilmington
Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Monday June 25th, 2018
800 Pine Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409
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Dear Mary and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to get to know him. I will always cherish the time the Holy Spirit guided Us to cross paths several years ago in Wilmington NC. Ricky has a living legacy in those whom he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be keeping you I my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Jeffrey Tinkel on Jun 28 2018 09:53:29 PM
A true Servant of the Lord!..He now has his reward! My sympathies to the family, but we surely know that he is in Glory with our Lord and Savior
Submitted by Thomas White on Jun 25 2018 01:56:06 PM
To Mary and Family:
Please accept our sincere condolences over the sudden passing of Ricky. Just last Thursday at the FGBA meeting, Ricky unselfishly ministered to Deborah and gave her a word of knowledge. We mourn with you and pray that the Holy Spirit will sustain and strenghten you during this sad and difficult time; rejoicing also that Ricky is with Christ.
Submitted by Jay and Deborah Hockenbury on Jun 24 2018 09:38:41 PM
To Mary and Family:
Please accept our sincere condolences over the sudden passing of Ricky. Just last Thursday at the FGBA meeting and Ricky unselfis
Submitted by Jay and Deborah Hockenbury on Jun 24 2018 09:26:52 PM
I remember Ricky as a brother in Christ with a powerful Evangelists heart for all who he came into contact with. It is now several years ago that he started to visit/ minister in the North West of England and especially in the Bolton area where I used to live. Mary occasionally visited with him and one sensed the oneness , unity and partnership in the gospel. I was saddened to her of his "homecall" , but in doing so I recalled that only two days before that glorious day ,I received his monthly email newsletter , I quote .
TO CONGO & BEYOND ( Bringing in the Harvest), he stated "I am willing to die for what I believe ".
This defines the Man of God that he was, a true example to every believer , I pray that at 74 years of age I will continue to preach the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit like this General in God's army did and see many more come into the Kingdom.
Enter into your reward for your faithfulness and stability.
Praying God's blessing , comfort and peace on Mary and ALL the family along with MUCH FRUIT in the CONGO next month for I believe the mission will still take place.
Submitted by Ken Barton on Jun 24 2018 11:11:16 AM
Mary Jane Dyson lit a candle for Reverend Ricky Lee Leonard
Mary Jane Dyson lit a candle on Jun 24 2018 08:23:42 AM
We at The River of Life Worship Center are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Ricky Leonard - not sadden for him and where we know he is but, for us who will miss him so much. Ricky had been our friend for many years and for that we are grateful. Ever so often he would show up on a Tuesday or Friday night to worship with us and one of the things that we began to notice the last few times that he was there was that he was really getting into worship more than he had been before. Right before he went to Pakistan he came to a Friday night service and wanted us to pray over him, we gathered around him and prayed for some time - it was awesome. We will miss him!
To his precious family we say “we love you and are praying for you”
Submitted by Maude Dawson on Jun 23 2018 03:55:05 PM
We offer our condolences and prayers to you Mary, Zeke, Joel, Sarah, and Ryan. We will never forget his zeal for sharing the gospel and how infectious it was. We remember with fondness our times of fellowship, his sense of humor, and his incredible faith. He truly was a man of God. With love, Henry, Aidene, Christian, Alec, and Ariana
Submitted by Aidene Colon on Jun 23 2018 07:01:41 AM
Dear Mary and Family,
Your husband ministered at our church these past few years when my husband had gone through such a very rough patch physically. Ricky and you all faithfully prayed for my husband's recovery. We thank you and pray God's blessing to be upon you once again.
We will surely miss Ricky! He brought such light and joy when he ministered at our church and he encouraged our faith deeply.
May the Lord bless you and grant you even more of His grace, mercy, and peace to assist you during this time.
Love in Jesus,
Pastors Douglas and Gretchen Madea
Crown of Life Fellowship
Mount Joy, PA
Submitted by Doug and Gretchen Madea on Jun 22 2018 11:38:14 PM
I will always remember Ricky as a man of God, a servant of the Lord who followed God with all his heart. I always enjoyed hearing Ricky preach the word. He was a man who rightly divided the word of truth.
Above all I remember Ricky as a man of faith, one of the few men I have been acquainted with or known of who was fearless, literally unafraid of anything. To God be the glory!
May the Lord bless and comfort all the family in this time of loss, and may we all remember that to be with Christ is far better. We'll all see you, Brother Ricky, in not too many days.
Submitted by Ronnie Ashworth on Jun 22 2018 01:24:56 PM
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