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Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. On September 19, 1997, Rich Mullins and his friend Mitch McVicker were traveling on I-39 north of Bloomington, Illinois to a benefit concert in Wichita, Kansas when his Jeep flipped over. They were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to avoid the Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the way, was hit by the truck and died instantly. McVicker was badly injured but survived.

His funeral was open to the public and had a massive gathering. He is buried in the Harrison Township Cemetery in Hollansburg, Ohio, alongside his baby brother who died as an infant and his father.[

Between 1974-78, Mullins attended Cincinnati Bible College. He worked in a parking garage to help pay for his schooling. [7] From 1975 -1978 he was also the Music Director and Youth Director at Erlanger United Methodist Church in nearby Erlanger, Kentucky. [8]

In the mid-1980s he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin his professional recording career.
Mullins is best known for his worship songs “Step by Step” (later incorporated into his hit single “Sometimes by Step”) and “Awesome God”, both of which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums are also considered among Christian music’s best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W.


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  • PureNard

    See the #RichMullinsMovie #Ragamuffin

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
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  • Avesfan2100

    @ Emily'sgma, YouTube Rich Mulling Screen Door Cup song. Quite a few will come up, but I think the 1 you're wanting is Rich in the center of 2 other guys wearing a blue shirt. It's grainy, but AWESOME!

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • nigelewan

    Forever peerless.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • cloisterella

    Check out this new blog about Rich Mullins:

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • roots-roy

    i read ROOM OF MARVELS by james bryan smith, your friend. great Book, and your godly, christian personality is described there. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN, RICH !

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • seasonthyme

    Gone way too soon. We loved you R!!!!!!!

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • cheesesoda

    Sure, sure, Christian dude or the bassist for gods Karma to Burn and hard rock Year Long Disaster.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • alik1986

    Rich Mullins is the only CCM artist that I am not ashamed to be scrobbled next to secular artists. His work as a musician is superb and can be judged by against many other works.

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • mapleleaf10

    Rich Mullins is the first "celeb" death I really remember. I was 10. Back then, all I knew was Awesome God. Now I know so much more . It's so beautiful. So profound. So amazing.

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • shannonm3

    He is great. I didn't know much about him until this week. I kind of wish I see him & listen to his music while I was little while he was living. It is sad & heartbreaking the way he went home (heaven). The demo versions on the Jesus Record is kind of creepy but I like it. He is the greatest christian singer ever & no one will be like him. His songs is powerful and sometimes some songs make me cry. I never saw him but I will meet him at home (heaven) soon, Can't wait!!!!!

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
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    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Doristil

    About twenty years ago, a young American missionary coming in Haiti with a team has lend me a tape of this artist. Even since, I keep in my some of his tunes. Though he is with the Lord now, he has left a great treasure for generations. Praise be to God who has entrusted him this powerful music ministry. May the words of his songs keep on showing the Way to those who are seeking Him. Be blessed ! Franck for the Radio Eben-Ezer Internationale, France

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • VernianProcess

    My fiancee at the time and her mother really got me into Rich Mullins, especially his album A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin band. Fortunately I was blessed to be able to see him live around 1997 just months before he passed away. I don't listen to a lot of Contemporary Christian music, but I will always love Rich and his universal message that anyone can agree with.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • lazafair

    I was privileged to see him at The King's place in Columbus, Ohio. Must have been around 1988. I remember him holding a little baby from the audience in his arms while singing one song. He sincerely loved Jesus. A special man.

    18 Jul 2009 Reply
  • mapleleaf10

    Rich Mullins is incredible. I still remember when my father told me he had died... at the time I wasn't sure who he was. We had a couple Rich Mullins CD growing up but that was about it. He then flipped open a song book and pointed to Awesome God.

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • yappy1

    And if i can let me fall on the grace that first brought me to you, a true man of GOD

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • kimmypoo00

    so many memories growing up listening to Rich.

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lukedowler

    we are not as strong as we think we are.....great.

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BGOATDoughnut

    Awesome god has the best unintentionally hilarious chorus

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
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