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Never Picture Perfect

    1990


  • Rich Mullins begins pursuing a degree in Music Education at Friends University in Wichita, KS. French horn is only one of over nine instruments that Rich Plays, including piano, guitar and hammer and lap dulcimer. During this time, Rich served as the choir director at West Evangelical Free Church as part of his degree program. Rich and Beaker share a small house in town for the first two years.

  • Rich meets and befriends James Bryan Smith, a professor of religion at Friends University around this time. Rich would live in Smith's attic appartment between 1992 and 1995. Smith would later write "An Arrow Pointing Toward Heaven," a biograpgy of sorts about Mullins.
    Smith: "He was brilliant, he didn't need to be in class with me. That was one of our running jokes."

  • Rich and Beaker form the Kid Brothers of St. Frank. Mullins instructed his accountant to give him only $24,000 a year, the average working person's wage. The rest, he gave away when he found a cause.
    James Bryan Smith (Biographer): "Rich lived very simply. He had few possessions; he didn't care about money."


    Rich: "I think I would like to be a monk. I really considered Catholicism a few years ago, but there were some things that I just couldn't reconcile. But I thought, 'Why can't we have a religious order just because we're not Catholic?' It's hard to recruit people to a religious order, though. But Beaker and I pooled our resources and have set a salary for ourselves, and whatever comes beyond that we give back to the kingdom of God. We have a lot in common, a lot of things we don't particularly like about ourselves, but we help each other stay in line and are a good support system for each other."

  • Rich writes "Calling Out Your Name." Lyrics for the song were started back in 1986 while touring with Amy Grant on the Ungaurded Tour. The song was finished while Rich was riding his motorcycle in the Flint Hills.

  • Cynthia Clawson records a song written by Rich and Justin Peters entitled "If All I Know Is Love" on her Words Will Never Do album.

    January 15, 1990

  • "My One Thing" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 14 weeks on the chart and peak at #6.

    February 3, 1990

    (Article from the February 3, 1990 Daily Herald)

    February 16, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in the Meyers Sports Complex at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois with Avenue G.

    February 23, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Beloit, WI. at Peoples Church.

    March 1990

  • CCM Magazine reviews Rich's Never Picture Perfect album.
    Album Reviews

    March 17, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Tribune, KS.

    March 23, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wichita, KS at Central Community Church with author, Frank Peretti.
    The event was called "Prayer Does Make a Difference" sponsored by Succesful Living and Crucible Productions.

    April 1990

  • Rich's "Awesome God" is nominated for two Dove Awards - "Song of the Year" and "Contemporary Song of the Year." "Bound to Come Some Trouble" is also nominated for a Dove Award.

  • While in Nashville for GMA week, Rich gives an interview to Sandi Brown of WCBW 104.9 in St. Louis, Mo.
    Read Transcript

    April 9, 1990

  • "While the Nations Rage" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 14 weeks on the chart and peak at #1 on June 11.

    April 20, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Winchester, IN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    April 21, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Upland, IN at Taylor University with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    April 27, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wilmore, KY at Ichthus '90.

    April 28, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs at the Ichthus Festival with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 1990



  • Rich appears on the cover of CCM Magazine.
    "Hope To Carry On"

    May 15, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Topeka, KS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 16, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Lincoln, NE with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 17, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Boone, IA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 18, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Sioux Falls, SD with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 19, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Peirre, SD with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 20, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Rapid City, SD with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 22, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Billings, MN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 23, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Libby, MN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 25, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Spokane, WA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 26, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Seattle, WA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 27, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Portland, OR with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 28, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Eugene, OR with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 30, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in San Francisco, CA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    May 31, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Salinas, CA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 1, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Bakersfield, CA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 2, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Downey, CA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 3, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Phoenix, AZ with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 5, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Alberquerque, NM with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 6, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in El Paso, NM with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 8, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Abilene, TX with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 9, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Austin, TX with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 10, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Dallas, TX with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 11, 1990

  • "While the Nations Rage" hits #1 on the AC charts. After its debut on April 9, it would spend a total of 14 weeks on the chart.

    June 12, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Shreveport, LA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 13, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Meridian, MS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 14, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Tupelo, MS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 15, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Memphis, TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 16, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Knoxvill, TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 18, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Johnson City/Milligan, TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 19, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Johnson City,TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    Spring/Summer 1990

  • A short interview with Rich Mullins appears in Calendar Magazine.
    "Never Picture Perfect"

    June 21, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Grayson, KY with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 22, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Detroit, MI with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 23, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Ft. Wayne, IN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 24, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Indianapolis, IN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 25, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Adrian, MI with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 26, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Adrian, MI with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".


    (Photo by Mark Tucker.)

    June 28, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Grand Rapids, MI with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 29, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Toledo, OH with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    June 30, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Pittsburg, PA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 1, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Cambridge Springs, PA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 2, 1990

  • "Alrightokuhhuhamen" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 14 weeks on the chart and peak at #4.

    July 3, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Lewisberg, PA outdoors in the football stadium at Bucknell University with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 4, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Philidelphia, PA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 5, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Salem, NJ with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 6, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in New York, NY with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 7, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Boston, MA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 10, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in New Hampshire with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 11, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Burlington, VT with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 12, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Troy, NY with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 13, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Utica/Oriskany, NY with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 14, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Buffalo, NY with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 15, 1990


  • Brennan Manning's The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up and Burnt Out is published. The author and the book would go on to be very influential to the life and career of Rich Mullins. Three years later, Rich would even call his band The Ragamuffin Band.
    Rich: "The preaching of Brennan Manning - we practice silence in the truck a lot of times so we hardly ever have a tape on or anything like that. But we don't have any rules - you can do what you want. But Beaker put in a Brennan Manning tape and I really didn't want to hear it because I didn't know who he was and don't ordinarily like preaching. I went 'Argh, great.' Well, I think about five minutes into it I think I had to pull off the road because I was just bawling my eyes out. I thought, what I am experiencing here is that I have gone to church ever since I was wee little, probably from when I was a week old, and this is the first sermon in my memory that is the preaching of the Good News of the Gospel of Christ. He's not preaching about an issue. He's not preaching about a theological position. He's not preaching about anything except this is the Good News. And I thought, wow, this is what I am hungry to hear. This is what I am dying to hear."

    July 16, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Seling Grove, PN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 17, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Baltimore, MA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 18, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Roanoke, VA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 19, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Raliegh/Charlotte, NC with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 20, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Cullman, AL with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 21, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Huntsville, AL with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 22, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Chattanogga, TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 23?, 1990



    (Morgan Cryar, Kim Hill, Rich and Gary Chapman)
  • Rich attends a release party for Reunion Recording artist, Morgan Cryar.

    July 24, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Kingsport, TN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 25, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Greensboro/Raleigh, NC with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 26, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Columbia, SC with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 27, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Atlanta, GA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 29, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Cape Girardeau, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    July 30, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Bolivar, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 1, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Kansas City, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 2, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Columbia, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".


    (Photo by Mark Tucker.)

    August 3, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in St. Louis, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 4, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Springfield, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 6, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Bolivar, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 7, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Bolivar, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 9, 1990

  • Rich Mullins is the guest speaker at the Quaker Youth Young Friends Yearly Meeting in Greensboro, NC. He and Beaker also performed at the event.

    August 10, 1990

  • Rich Mullins is the guest speaker at the Quaker Youth Young Friends Yearly Meeting in Greensboro, NC. He and Beaker also performed at the event.

    August 11, 1990

  • Rich Mullins is the guest speaker at the Quaker Youth Young Friends Yearly Meeting in Greensboro, NC. He and Beaker also performed at the event.

    August 13, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Sioux St. Marie, MI with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 15, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wichita, KS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 18, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in South Bend, IN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 19, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in W. Lafayette, IN with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 20, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Rockford, IL with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 21, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Rockford, IL with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".


    (Judson University Early 90s)

    August 22, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Dubuque, IA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 23, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Davenport, IA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 24, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Des Moines, IA with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 26, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Dodge City, KS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 27, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Dodge City, KS with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 29, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Ponca City, OK with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 30, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Oklahoma City, OK with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    August 31, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Tulsa, OK with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    September 1, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in St. Louis, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    September 2, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Kansas City, MO with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    September 14, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Lincoln, IL with Avenue G at Lincoln Christian College as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    September 15, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wheaton, IL at True Tunes with Beaker.
    View Set List

  • Rich Mullins performs at Wheaton College Edmond Chapel


    (Photo by Mark Tucker.)
  • Rich Mullins performs in Chicago, IL with Avenue G as part of the "Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour".

    September 16, 1990

  • Rich Mullins performs at Community Christian Church, in Naperville, Illinois

    Fall 1990

  • Rich Mullins and other artists, including Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, Rick Elias, Charlie Peacock, and Wes King, perform at Amy Grant and Gary Chapman's Riverstone farm in Franklin, TN for area teenagers. The event becomes known as "the Loft".

    October 8, 1990

  • "First Family" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 14 weeks on the chart and peak at #20.

    November 28, 1990


  • The Kevin Kostner film Dances with Wolves opens in movie theaters. Rich becomes slightly obsessed with the film seeing it at least two dozen times in the theater.

    December 1990

  • Rich records "Step By Step" in the studio with a choir of friends. (Bev Bartsch, Michael P. Bodkin, Dane Brashear, Michele Buc, John Colton, Alfredo Coleman, Mark Comden, Don Donahue, Karen Franz, Alison Freemon, David Hamilton, Angela Hewitt, Joe Hicks, Michelle Hicks, Andy Ivey, Elizabeth Leighton Jones, Lori Lee Loving, Robert Magee, Marita Meinerts, Michael Nolan, Danny O'Lannerghty, Laurie Omahundro, Tony Peterson, Kristin Pierson, Matt Pierson, Bernie Sheahan, Bill Sinclair, Leslie Tarkington and Kevin Wolf The Little Choir: Lisa Bevill-Amann, Chris Harris, Lisa Glascow, Gary Janney, Tommy Jensen, Guy Penrod, Gary Robinson, Leah Taylor, Steven V. Taylor and Tricia Walker)
    Bernie Sheahan: "I watched him in the control room as he nearly burst with joy at the sound of us at worship, leaking heaven onto analog tape, with a song - something he and his best friend Beaker had crafted together, like a musical model airplane."


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