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Characters of Courage exists to creatively inspire the education, encouragement, and edification of generations to come by passionately reviving what it means to be a father in America and intentionally guiding both fathers and their children toward their full potential in their lives and in their families.

My name is Ricky Cassford, founder of Characters of Courage.   I am the father of four children, and I am passionate about fathers intentionally raising their children to their full potential.  I have a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ and it is through His love that I share what I have been given with you.

I have a background in Theatre based in a serious study of creating a character that is honest and real. “Honesty never loses!” I acted on stage and screen, as well as produced and directed, in the Chicagoland area between Y2K and 2010.  Currently, I am heavily involved as a Youth teacher and mentor at Foothills Bible Church, writing day camp scripts, directing seasonal musicals, and pouring into dads. 

My passion is using arts and language to teach enjoyable life lessons & stories that will make an impact.   Empathy is a powerful tool.