"Richard Wayne Mullins" (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American singer/songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana.
Starting in 1986, he was a well-known Christian music artist until his untimely death in an automobile accident in 1997. He is best-known for his praise choruses "Awesome God" and "Step by Step", which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Three of his albums are considered among Christian music's best: ''Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth'' (1988), ''The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One'' (1991) and ''A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band'' (1993). His songs have been covered by the likes of John Tesh, Rebbeca St. James, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Third Day, Caedmon's Call, and Jars of Clay but his influence on his colleagues in the music business reaches further.
In addition to his music, Rich Mullins is also remembered for his sincere devotion to the Christian faith. He often called St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) his hero, and modelled his life after him by having great compassion for the poor and adhering to a vow of poverty. In 1997, he composed a musical about the life of St Francis (set in the Old West) ...