BFC Founder and International Pastor Fred Zariczny (Pastor Z) seeks to give glory to God in all that he does, but it wasn’t always that way. As a young man, he led a rough and tumbled life as an outlaw biker, drug user, and drug dealer, but in 1977 he became a Born-Again, Spirit filled Christian. He attended Bible College and served as an intern in multiple churches. He was ordained as a Senior Pastor and an Evangelist in 1990 by Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel Movement, and that same year he founded Bikers for Christ (BFC).
Pastor Z married his beautiful wife Esther in 2002. He and Esther collectively have 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. In 2003 he started Rushing Wind Ministries (RWM). As a Biker Evangelist, Navy veteran, and patriot, Pastor Z speaks at rallies, events, and churches all over the USA and in other countries. Bikers for Christ now has members in 50 states and 24 countries along with many Rushing Wind Churches across the USA and overseas.
God has opened many incredible doors of opportunity for Pastor Z to share his faith through his testimony “Rebel With A Cause”. A gifted musician and evangelist, Pastor Z plays bass guitar in the BFC Full Throttle Band. He has also appeared on television shows and in many news publications over the years. He counts many actors, actresses as well as rock, soul, and country music artists as friends. It’s truly a story of God ’s grace and redemption. As a lifelong biker who has owned more than 30 motorcycles, Pastor Z understands biker culture and is thankful that God has opened many doors for him to share his faith with his friends in both motorcycle clubs and in the independent motorcycle world.
Beloved by BFC members and supporters around the world, Pastor Z lives each day to serve the Lord and the BFC members with all of his heart in order that the ministries of BFC and RWM will continue to keep it “Full Throttle for Jesus” until our Lord returns.
Joey “Chief” Collins
Joe “Smokin Joe” Drake
Joe has been married to his beautiful wife Valerie for 34 years. Joe has been a member of Bikers For Christ for 20 plus years now. He has served as a local chapter elder, moved on to the Tennessee state elder position and the to service as the SE Regional Elder for 7 years. Joe is the Middle Tenn. Chaplin for the Confederation of Clubs and has spent a number of years working not only with the 1% community but also with the marginalized of society. Addicts, homeless and the down trodden.
Joe is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and pastors Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Nashville TN. Joe serves as a National Elder for Bikers For Christ as well as a council member for Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship for the global church.
Joe and Val have one daughter, Devin, who is a dedicated 7 grade El and advanced English teacher.
Rick "Just Rick" Eckhardt
Just Rick grew up in Orange County Ca. His Folks attended the 1st Baptist Church in Garden Grove, his mom 96 years of her life, and Dad at 98 is still attending. At 13, the rebelliousness of our culture took over, and the only thing that saved Rick from an early demise, was the hand of the Lord, knowing he would return to Him.
At 24, Rick & his buddy drove to Redding Ca. to look up their old youth Pastor, wanting to leave their destructive lifestyles. One week later, they quit their jobs, threw all their belongings into a Chevy truck and a Camaro, and attended “Little Country Church “, Palo Cedro, in neighboring Redding.
Several years later Rick moved to Reno, with the same Pastor, his family, and close friends, to start a Calvary Chapel. Not too long after that, he saved up to get off the Metrics, and buy a Harley. Rick said he always had a longing to be part of the Biker comradery. In 1987 Rick met members of His Royal Priesthood, (which his future wife Michell aka “Mitch” was already a member, (very rare for that time period), and prospected to become a Patch Holder. A year later, they were married and have enjoyed serving the Biker Community for 36 years.
In 1997 the Nor-Nev COC was founded, and Rick was appointed Treasurer, 2 years later voted in as Vice Chairmen. In the 21 years of serving our COC, it is hard to convey how much I love our Membership, and the joy it has brought, being accessible to share the love of Christ, or pray for them or their family members. Some of the bonds I have with longtime COC Members can never be exceeded. It has an honor representing our Lord thru Bikers for Christ M/M, along with the comradery of our local Charter Members, Leadership and Members across this Nation.
Doug “Longway” Madeley
Paul “Geezer” Wilms