Rick Larson

    Rick Larson

    Frederick A. Larson did not intend to attend college but wound up a professor. Larson's life-path was completely redirected by study under the late Francis Schaeffer at the scholar's community, L'Abri, in the Alps above Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Schaeffer's writings are among the 20th Century's most influential works of Christian apologetics. They stimulated Larson to pursue study of humanist philosophy and its relationship to Christian belief.

    Larson received a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California. He graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the United States' oldest honor society. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center, where, as an intern, he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony offenses for the Los Angeles District Attorney. He also served as a Judge on the Law Center Court.

    Larson entered commercial litigation practice in Los Angeles with the "small but influential" (L.A. Times) firm of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi. There he was involved in litigation in the fields of securities, antitrust, interstate landsales and intellectual property.

    In addition to delivering word of the Star at venues worldwide, Professor Larson practices intellectual property law and business law in College Station, Texas. For fourteen years he taught The Legal Environment of Business, one of the largest courses at Texas A&M University. Students voted Larson Professor of the Year multiple times--but the voting is suspect--Larson's student count often exceeded 3,000 per year.

    Larson is actively involved in the local community. He teaches a continuing course entitled Essentials: the Biblical Basis for the Core Beliefs of Christianity at a local church, and is President of The STAR Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading word of Messiah worldwide. A primary goal of the organization is to promote unity within the Christian community. Because the Star is of interest to anyone having regard for Jesus of Nazareth, this work brings people together across many denominational lines.

    This crossing of denominational lines is not accidental, but intentional. Larson believes that Jesus of Nazareth is Messiah for all mankind, and acts accordingly. For example, Larson helped draw together and then directed a consortium of 56 churches, both Protestant and Catholic, with Asian, Black, Caucasian and Hispanic congregations, in the local free distribution of 33,000 copies (5.5 tons!) of a nonsectarian video depicting the life of Christ.