Richard S. De Witt has woven together successful careers in business, the military, and ministry. For more than 30 years, he was a business executive; during two of those decades, he was a United States Air Force Reserve senior line officer.
After graduating from Bloomfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, he entered Officer Training School to earn his commission. As an Air Force Officer, he completed his service in 1992 as the Deputy Base Commander at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station with 1,100 personnel.
As President of his institutional food brokerage company in Buffalo, New York, he directed the company from New York to Florida. In 2002, after selling the company to his partner, De Witt felt led by God to fulltime ministry and was licensed and ordained as a Minister of the Gospel.
In 2003, he joined the marketing staff of Marketplace Ministries, Inc., as the National Client Expansion Director. In 2006, he became the Executive President and Chief Operating Officer leading senior staff and chaplain care teams across 47 states and three other countries. He completed his first Marketplace Ministries leadership call January 1, 2015.
His philosophy is to "give back" and he has practiced this caring approach as an Air Force Officer and a Rotarian, having served as their President, Chairman of their Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow. He continues to speak at various events locally as well as nationally, coaches on leadership, and has served some pulpit fill calls.
De Witt has achieved his greatest significance through his faith and in his family. For the past 52 years, he and his "soul mate" Marvel have been married serving God together. They had two children; son Kurt Addison and daughter Amy Elizabeth. In their life together, they have known much joy and also great sorrow. Tragedy struck their family on August 14, 1997, when a drunk driver took the life of their 26-year-old son. Daughter Amy, after a 4-1/2 year battle with a one in a million rare soft cell sarcoma, was called Home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2020. Amy and her wonderful husband J.P. Mahaffey were married for 19 years and he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the De Witt's three incredible grandchildren, William Addison, Grace Elizabeth and Andrew Stewart.
Dick and Marvel have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano since 2006 where he recently completed a two-year Deacon Chairman assignment leading their 210 deacons serving 43,000 members. He also serves as a Fellowship Class Director.
De Witt is passionate about the call and mission of Marketplace to impact every employee and has a larger vision and stronger desire to live life well beyond playing golf and sailing, two of his favorite pastimes. As husband, father, and "Poppy" to his grandchildren, as well as a dedicated Christian leader, he has committed his life to favorably impacting the lives of all people for eternity, which is evidenced by his return to serving as President and CEO of Marketplace Chaplains in April 2021.