• Rick Johnson

    I’m a bestselling author and speaker, and I believe families, communities, and our society can grow stronger when parents begin to realize the unique power and influence we have in the lives of our sons and daughters.

  • Better Dads is a 501©3 non-profit nation-wide fathering skills organization dedicated to helping people in the community by offering education in areas such as fathering, parenting, mentoring boys, single moms raising boys, healthy masculinity, and family relationships.

  • We believe that good fathers and good men make a difference in any culture. But, we also recognize that people who have grown up without a positive male influence in their lives do not understand how to pass that legacy on to the next generation. We believe changes will happen through promoting and championing responsible fatherhood in men, growing boys to become good husbands and fathers, and providing positive male role models and mentors for men and fatherless boys.

  • “Rick dazzled our congregation with great insights, engaging stories, and practical, Biblical tools for building strong marriages and families. His work with our men was especially compelling. I highly recommend him to you.”
    –Tim Wright
    Pastor, Community of Grace Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ

About Better Dads

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Rick Johnson

In 2001, bestselling author and speaker Rick Johnson founded Better Dads, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s books have expanded his work to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. Inspiring and equipping through innovative multimedia presentations and seminars, Rick’s resources, methods and personal approach have been transforming the lives of men, women, and their families for over ten years.

Rick speaks at many large conferences across the US and Canada and is a popular keynote speaker at men’s and women’s retreats and conferences on parenting and marriage. Rick also speaks at mental health conferences, home schooling conferences, various marriage conferences, and the armed forces. He is a nationally recognized expert in several areas having been asked to deliver papers at venues such as the County of Los Angeles Child Abuse Prevention Conference and the State of New York Fatherhood Conference. Rick’s work with men and fathers was recognized when he was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change ceremony in 2012.

Prior to becoming a bestselling author and speaker, Rick was a small business owner for 16 years, owning and operating an environmental engineering firm. He attended George Fox University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Organizational Leadership, and has a Masters Degree in Education from Concordia University. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, has served on the Board of Directors for several community and business associations, and coaches high school basketball in his spare time. Rick has been featured in many national publications such as New Man Magazine, Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, Christianity Today’s Men of Integrity, Relevant Magazine, Pentecostal Evangel, Thriving Family, and Proverbs 31 Ministries Magazine.

He is the bestselling author of the books, That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character, Better Dads Stronger Sons: How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character, The Man Whisperer—Speaking a Man’s Language to Bring Out His Best, That’s My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Good Men, and The Power of a Man: Using Your Influence as a Man of Character all by Revell Publishing.

His book, Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half: Why Differences Make a Great Marriage, is being used by many churches across the country for their couples study groups. Rick’s newest books are, Becoming the Dad Your Daughter Needs, The Marriage of Your Dreams: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Her Man, How to Talk so Your Husband will Listen and Listen so Your Husband will Talk, and Man in the Making: Strategies to Help your Son Succeed in Life. Rick’s books have been translated into 13 different languages.

Rick has appeared on over 300 radio programs and television shows around the United States and Canada. He is the former co-host of a live, weekly radio show called, “An Hour of Honesty and Common Sense.” Rick is actively involved with many men’s and family ministries as well as speaking from the pulpit at various churches.

Rick and his wife Suzanne have two adult children and live in Gresham, Oregon.

Suzanne Johnson

suzzane_johnson_BWSuzanne Johnson serves as a corporate officer and advisory board member of Better Dads. She is an intricate part of planning and implementing the organization’s seminars for women and family relations.

Suzanne was a full-time mom in her children’s growing-up years. For eighteen years, she has been teaching middle school and high school special needs students. Additionally, she is the former Director of Development and Implementation for an after-school talented and gifted (T.A.G.) program at a local elementary school.

Together with Rick, Suzanne delivers inspirational talks and presentations to churches, schools, and retreats on a variety of subjects, including “Respecting Your Husband to His Potential” and “The Do’s and Don’ts of a Healthy Marriage.” Surviving abuse and abandonment at a young age, Suzanne’s testimony of overcoming a damaged childhood to become a successful wife, mother, and woman is an inspiration. And her exuberant and relatable style is a favorite with audiences.

Events

Date: September 24 – 2016

Time: 8:30-2:30

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Location: 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215

Cost: $79 per couple 

Food will be provided

Father/Daughter Conference

The father-daughter relationship is one of the most critical relationships of a woman’s life. A father impacts every aspect of his daughters life for her entire life. For all daughters age 12 and up who yearn for a close relationship, and for all dads who want to mend a broken one or be the dad that she deserves, this conference is for you.

Dads & daughters will attend sessions both together and seperately. They’ll share a great lunch together and learn things about each other designed to bring them closer together and heal past wounds. 

If you are an adult daughter this is a great opportunity to have the kind of relationship you’ve always wanted with your father. Dads because of the content this program is for daughters age 12 years and older. If you have more than one daughter it is suggested that you bring the oldest this year and younger ones in subsequent years. Because the focus is on drawing closer together, you’ll only be able to have one daughter present with you per conference.

Learn About These Powerful Topics & Others:

The Power of the Father-Daughter Bond
Understanding Her/What Your Dad Can’t Tell You
Communicating Effectively
Providing & Protecting/Dangers She faces
The Father Blessing!

Volunteers needed!

If you’d like to help with this incredible event please contact Andrea at:  apickett@i4mktg.com

Courageous Moms: Raising Boys to Become Good Men

The World Needs Good Men!

Good for you!  You don’t want to just raise your boy to become a man.  You want him to be a good man.  You want your boy to become a man of courage and integrity, with a strong work ethic and a healthy understanding of love and responsibility.  The world needs men like that, and there is no reason why your son cannot grow to be among the best of them.

Thats My Son_Ju… Review ArtRick Johnson has developed a seminar to bring hope and encouragement to moms who want desperately to raise their boys to become good men.

This powerful, innovative, fast-moving presentation weaves together stories, film clips, examples, and small group interaction to sharpen a mom’s skills and her understanding of boys in the process of becoming a man.

Topics will include:

Why are boys so different?

Communicating with boys

Pitfalls ­ what to avoid

Disciplining boys

Boys and sex

What do boys need to learn to become good men?

The importance of male role models

The good news!

Childcare and activities for the kids will be provided at no cost–but you must let us know number and ages of children prior to the event.  Cost of the seminar is $25 per person and limited to the first 100 registrants.  Partial scholarships are available upon request.  Contact rick@betterdads.net with questions.

The Power of Fathers: Why Men Matter

It’s tough being a man and a father today. It feels like you give and work and struggle, but there’s never enough of you to go around. The pressures are unrelenting. And yet, you are so important that you are nearly irreplaceable in the lives of your children. Fatherhood is a privilege and with that privilege comes the power to impact lives. Exercised responsibly for good, that power can lead to huge blessings on you and your family.  Find out how you can be the best dad ever!

Johnson_10ThingsPrivilege, power, responsibility, sacrifice– they’re all part of the same package. They all belong to a father. So be a man. Stand Tall. Give your children an example of healthy masculinity that will survive down through the generations.

Most dads yearn to be better fathers and have a more loving family.  This innovative, fast-moving, powerful, multimedia presentation uses stories, examples, and small group interaction to sharpen a father’s skills and understand his authentic masculinity.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Your Power as a Father
  • Characteristics Unique to Effective Dads
  • Top 10 Mistakes all Dads Make

The workshop is $25 per person.  Refreshments provided!  Sorry, no childcare provided.

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