Rick was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He grew up in Miami; and moved to Gulport, Mississippi in 1969. After gradating from Gulfport High School, he moved to Jackson, Mississippi in 1977. Rick is also is a graduate of Hinds Community College (A.S), Mississippi College (B.S.) and Wesley Biblical Seminary (M.A.C.E).
Rev. Blakeney has been married for close to 36 years to his wife Leslie. They have one daughter, Ashley, Son-in-Law, Josey, and two grandchildren, Jaden and Jordan.
Rick and Leslie have attended Asbury Congregational Methodist Church since 1990 except for the eight years when they were planting a church. He is currently serving as Asbury’s Youth Pastor.