Rick Ezell launched Employee Care of America by providing Employee Care for four businesses, three of which he continues to serve as the Chaplain. After serving for thirty years in pastoral ministry, he saw a huge need that was not and could not be addressed by most churches. With religious service attendance down, yet most Americans still consider themselves to be spiritual, they are now less likely to have an outlet or relationship with someone who can help them with emotional matters and personal issues, but are open to help if such a person is present and known. Employee Care of America was born with the intention of meeting that need and providing a missing link in most businesses—providing care for the employee.


Rick is a graduate of Martin College, Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in Indiana, Illinois, and South Carolina.


His books include:

21 Days to the Life You've Always Imagined

Forgiveness: A Lovely Idea Until . . .

Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love 

Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23

The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People  

Sightings of the Savior: Meeting Jesus When We Need Him Most (IVP)  

Defining Moments: How God Shapes Our Character through Crisis (IVP)  

Cutting to the Core: The Seven Components of Christian Character (Kregel) 

Strengthening the Pastor’s Soul: Developing Personal Authenticity for Pastoral Effectiveness (Kregel)

Hitting a Moving Target: Preaching to the Changing Needs of Your Church (Kregel) 


He has contributed to other books and Study Bibles. He has written over 1000 articles. He speaks nationally and internationally. He and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter. They make their home in Greenville, South Carolina.



David Blanton serves as the Director of Chaplains. After serving as a campus minister, missionary to Ecuador, pastor, and Director of Missions, David joined Employee Care of America to recruit, train, and manage the Chaplain team. In addition, David serves as a Chaplain for one of ECA’s clients, requiring a Spanish-speaking Chaplain. David is from Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time as a missionary, David served as Director of Student Ministry, Seminary professor, Mission Administrator, and member of the Mega-Cities Church Planting Team. David speaks at State, National and International Mission Forums and Conferences. He is married to Norma who is an ESOL (English Spoken as Other Language) teacher in a public elementary school. They have two grown and married children. David enjoys being “Opa” to four young grandsons: Moses, Solomon, Jonah, and Abraham.