Rick Bordas was a man who was never overly impressed with himself. In fact, he considered himself quite ordinary. He enjoyed a quiet dinner at home, a little ice cream as a special treat and maybe a friendly game of cards if he could draw in some competition, nothing Rick thought required any special recognition. But Rick Bordas was a man who was anything but ordinary.
Sure, he held a job and took personal care of his clients and he was an extremely devoted husband and father. People noticed that about Rick. But when you unravel all of the accolades he accumulated in his 65 years, none of them were done to make Rick Bordas look like a hero, but he was to many.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Rick’s death, a milestone that many won’t soon forget. It also brings great appreciation and recognition for the legacy Rick left behind and a time to reflect on the selfless work Rick did to draw others closer to God.
Many did reflect on that legacy again this year as they gathered for the Rick Bordas Scramble for Life held at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Road Golf Course in Sellersburg, Indiana. The tournament raises funds for A Women’s Choice and Necole’s Place, crisis pregnancy resource centers that encourage choosing life for women troubled in their pregnancy. Rick was a staunch supporter of these organizations and many friends remember the passion he had when recruiting people to play in the tournament or give their support to one of these organizations when the tournament originated.
“Rick was a connector of people for these two specific ministries that he cared about. He started this golf event and through his efforts it has really grown. This year the tournament was renamed in his honor,” said Teresa Bachman, owner of Bachman Auto Group and personal friend of the Bordas’.
Not only was Rick a people connector for the resource centers, but he used that same passion to connect men at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Because of that passion and Rick’s influence, many life-changing results are still unfolding, not only at the resource centers, but also at the Seminary, where he made an incredible mark mentoring men who share a passion for Jesus, just like him.
Rick loved the seminary. He attended chapel on a regular basis, but he was truly exhilarated by the students. So much so, that he was moved to serve on the Southern Seminary Foundation Board, where he faithfully held a position for eight years. But his role didn’t stop there. As a board member, he advocated for students, raising funds to defray education costs. He prayed for them, for SBTS President Al Mohler, and for many others who came to the seminary to be empowered with training and then go out into the world to plant churches and preach.
To honor Rick’s desire to bless desiring Seminary students financially, just months before he passed away, friends invited him and his wife Lori to a surprise dinner with about 100 of his closest friends and family members. There they unveiled the Rick Bordas Fund for Student Discipleship, a fund set up in his honor that will help incoming students with financial assistance and provide special speakers who will teach about prayer and discipleship.
Seminary President Al Mohler was personally touched by Rick’s devotion to these young men and believes his legacy will live on for many generations.
“He mentored young men for Christ and his influence will endure through the lives he shaped and through the Rick Bordas Fund for Christian Discipleship at Southern Seminary,” Mohler said.
On September 18, 2013 Rick died from gallbladder cancer. He left behind his wife, Lori, four sons, his parents, seven siblings and a super-sized legacy. Bachman Chevrolet is proud to support the ministries that were a passion of Rick’s, and we also celebrate the influential life he led that has enabled these organizations to flourish and bless others for ages to come.
“Rick did not have a lot of money, but he was able to bring money in for both causes because he loved Jesus and had a passion. He was an awesome person who has left a huge legacy for Christ,” says Teresa.