About Dr. Schmidt….
Dr. Richard R. Schmidt, B.S., M.A., D.Min. has been an avid student of the Word of God for over 40 years. Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt have been married for 38 years and have three children; two married daughters, a 21-year old college senior son & 6 grandchildren.
Rich brings with him an extremely unique and diverse background. After giving his life to Christ during a Chicago revival meeting, he immediately immersed himself into evangelism and the study of Scripture, graduating with both a B.S. and M.A. in Pastoral Theology/Christian Education. Early in his ministry, Rich traveled with Evangelist Joe Boyd and preached in various churches and Chicago’s Pacific Garden Mission. Upon college graduation and his ordination, Rich and his wife, Valori, moved to Milwaukee, WI to church plant.
After the church plant was successfully merged with another, Rich joined the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office while simultaneously serving as an Assistant Pastor. During the next 18 years, he regularly preached, taught Bible classes, and led the Men’s Ministry. Concurrently, Rich was rising to the top of the MCSO, where he served directly under former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. as the Senior Commander (undersheriff) and received extensive training in Leadership and Administration at the FBI Academy, Harvard University & Northwestern University. On September 1, 2017, Rich became the Acting Sheriff of Milwaukee, Wisconsin when David Clarke abruptly retired to serve in Washington D.C.
When Rich met Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, Dr. Bob Shelton, and traveled with Dr. Sam Horn on multiple study trips to the Middle East, a passion for Israel and its Biblical history and prophetic significance emerged. After completing a prophetically based dissertation and earning his doctorate, Prophecy Focus Ministries was born.
Rich combines an evangelistic flavor with scripturally packed, exciting messages that are visualized with detailed PowerPoint presentations. Dr. Schmidt is able to marry that with his up-to-date knowledge of current events and experience that has been gained during his thirty+ years in a large government agency. His wife Valori, also a Bible school and Alverno College graduate, is a former Christian school teacher and now serves alongside Dr. Schmidt.