While in Southwestern Seminary, Dick was being used in Youth Revivals on many college campuses.
During one such revival at Howard Payne University, Dick made a big decision himself. That decision
was to meet and to marry Ann Self, a student there and a part of the college revival choir he was directing. She
was a Howard Payne yell leader, Homecoming Queen, and a student with other academic honors. She was the
daughter of W.G. and Gertrude Self. Her father was a pastor. They married on August
Ann was a wonderful wife and
partner for Dick’s ministry. She was a his prayer warrior and she kept the home front going smoothly
while Dick was on the road during his evangelism ministry. They raised their two children, Paul and Lori,
in Denton, Texas. Ann made sure she and the children were involved in their home church, First Baptist
Church of Denton and that they were a part of their community in every way. She was the anchor for the
family since Dick had to be away from home at least half of the year, sometimes 2 to 3 weeks at a time. It
was a great sacrifice for the family, but one that they willingly made because Ann knew how very important it was to follow
When Dick went back into serving at the local
church level at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Ann was once again a perfect team mate for Dick. With an empty nest
at home, she was his helper right in the thick of his ministry and an un-official secretary.
She helped him minister to an ever-growing choir. They planned the musical productions together
and she worked tirelessly behind the scenes and sang supportively in the choir as well. They
loved serving the Lord together at Prestonwood.