The singular goal of this book is to invite you into a conversation that will impart spiritual first aid, uncover evidence, answer questions, and help you set or reset your faith firmly on the foundation of Christ. How we traverse our todays and transition into any tomorrows does not depend on how many times we genuflect in sacred spaces. However, it does depend on our inviting God into our heart, professing that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and living out the full extent of the Gospel message. I invite you to join me now as we get Caught Up in Christ.  —Rick Merfeld, author



Rick Merfeld earned a psychology degree from Luther College and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He began his professional career providing mental health services for children, couples, and families. He lived and worked among college students for over 25 years before moving into an executive leadership position with a non-profit organization.

Rick grew up in a loving Catholic home and attended 12 years of Catholic education, followed by four additional years at a Christian college. His spiritual journey continued, and Rick accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 38. Rick has been involved with parish leadership and speaks at Christian retreats. Rick and his wife, Dagmar, have been married for 31 years and reside in Iowa. They are parents of three adult sons and have three grandchildren.

Rick can be reached at CaughtupinChrist.com.


“Rick’s book is a brilliant, no nonsense…guide to help anyone find Jesus and uncover their God-given purpose in this life.”

Pete Mathison, Founder of Catholic Evangelization Outreach

Caught Up in Christ quickly engages and gently nudges readers…willing to rethink, renew, or re-imagine a life with Christ!”

Cheryl Werner, Career educator

“This book is…a good example of the difference between being ‘educated about Jesus’ and being ‘formed in Jesus.’”

Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch, retired, Archdiocese of Dubuque

“Merfeld makes a compelling case for Christ that reaches beyond…religious denominations and touches the heart of Christianity. He uses Scripture, logic, parables, and personal stories to convey the message that getting Caught Up in Christ will truly change your life for the better.”

Gavin Ennis, High school religion teacher, graduate Notre Dame School of Theology