Worship Pioneer Rick Muchow Dies from Brain Tumor


Rick Muchow, a contemporary worship trailblazer and the worship leader at Saddleback Church for 25 years passes away on April 18, 2021. Here are tributes from friends and family.

Posted on Saddleback Church’s Facebook page:

Our church family lost a hero of faith today. Rick Muchow went home to be with Jesus after a hard-fought battle with a brain tumor. In Rick’s 25 years of ministry at Saddleback, he brought joy, integrity, excellence, and strength to both the platform and his everyday life. We are so thankful for his ministry and the foundation he laid for Saddleback Worship.

Though heaven gained a mighty man of God, we mourn here on Earth. Please join us in praying for the Muchow family and loved ones.

Posted on Kay Warren’s Facebook page:

Rick Muchow, one of my best friends for 35 years went home to be with Jesus early this morning and my heart is aching with sadness. Even though I knew his death was imminent due to glioblastoma, I’m never ready for those wrenching earthly goodbyes. Some would rightly say that he fought cancer like a fierce warrior for more than 3 years, trying every possible way to extend his life. I agree. Reading 1 Timothy 6:19 adds a slightly different interpretation to his efforts. I think what Rick actually did was to fiercely choose life here until he finally took hold of the life that is truly Life. Rick was a one-of-kind musician, worship leader, pastor, husband, father, PaPa and friend, but what I will never forget is his extraordinary kindness. He was KIND from the inside out, and my entire extended family benefited from his kind and generous heart. The ravages of disease and disability have dropped away from you today, dear friend; sing and dance with abandon once more to the glory of your Savior Jesus Christ! I love you. I’ll see you in a little while on that Glorious Resurrection Day!

Posted on Brandon Muchow’s Facebook page:

This morning my dad went to be with the Lord. Even though we knew it was coming, we are in total shock. The loss is enormous. Many people will speak to his incredible ministry, influence and prolific songwriting and musicianship. All of those things had a profound effect on me to be sure, but mostly, I knew him as Dad. I lost my dad. My mom lost her husband. My kids lost their Papa. Last month his brain cancer got so bad he had a surgery the week leading up to Easter. Eventually he was put on hospice at home where he would eventually breathe his last breath in my moms arms. When he was first diagnosed he was given 6 months to live. He fought cancer for 3 years. He fought hard to the end. I am sure I will write more in the coming days, weeks, months, but for now I will just say that I miss him deeply. I wish things were different. I hate that such a vibrant and good person was killed by such a horrible disease. It seems cruel. I am also grateful that he doesn’t have cancer anymore. I’m grateful that today he shed his failed body and was embraced by Jesus and was reunited with my brother Jordan. I am also grateful to all of you who have supported our family through this tough time. I think it is fitting that my dad went to heaven on a Sunday. Heaven got a brand new worship leader. He got a brand new body. Rick Muchow is dancing and singing again which means death is swallowed up in victory. Rest in him my dear dad. The battle’s won. I love you.


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