A native of Killam, Alberta, Rick Fee attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton; Saint Patrick's College, Ottawa; Carleton University, Ottawa; Knox College, Toronto and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His degrees are in sociology, comparative world religions and divinity.

Upon graduation from Knox College in 1976, he was appointed to work with The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN). He served as a rural parish minister (Ezzikwo, Abakaliki) for six years. He was then was elected Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCN for ten years.

From 1987 to 1992, he also served as Africa Liaison visiting all countries in Africa where The Presbyterian Church in Canada had partnerships, personnel and projects (Ethiopia, Kenya Mozambique, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Cameroon, Mauritius).

From November 1992 until September, 2005, Rick served as Director of Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D), the arm of the PCC that handles international relief and development and refugee sponsorship. He served as a Board member, vice-chairperson and chairperson of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank from 1992 until 2008. He also served on the board of Action by Churches Together (Geneva, Switzerland), the international body uniting church responses to emergency situations around the world. He was Chair of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (Geneva) which advocated in the areas of HIV/AIDS and sustainable agriculture. Over his career he also served on the board of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, and the Heads of Agencies Network of the World Council of Churches. In his role as director of PWS&D, and while administering Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs, Rick visited and monitored food shipments to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Albania, Kosovo, North Korea, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Malawi and Iraq.

In 2005, Rick was appointed General Secretary of the Life and Mission Agency of the PCC. He retired from that position in February, 2016. Since then he has walked three portions of the Camino in Spain and undertaken two church assignments in Montreal and Toronto.

Rick has an adopted Nigerian son, Nkwuda, who, with his wife, Kelechi, have two children, Kendra and Brankston. Rev Fee served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCC in 2004-2005.