Rick was raised on a small farm near Waldheim, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc and MSc in Soil Science. He has worked as Prairies Program Manager for Heifer International, together with Jacquie with Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico with a food security/agroecology project and, most recently, as Program Director for Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan.
Jacquie, originally from B.C., has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from ACTS in Langley, B.C. and worked at Bethany College in Hepburn, Sask. for five years. She is a member of the board of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan and President of the Mayfair School Community Council.
Rick and Jacquie both provide leadership in their local church of Faith River Christian Fellowship (Mennonite Brethren). The Blocks have two children: Ezra, 10, and Hilary, 7.