Minister Winford Kennadean Rice Jr., commonly known as “Kenny,” is the proud son of Winford K. Rice Sr. and Crystal S. Rice from Suffolk, Virginia, and has one sister, Jasmine Rice.
Minister Rice is a 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion & Philosophy, and was the top ranking scholar in the department of Religion. While at the college, Kenny served as the President of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants program, presidential ambassador, NAACP political action co-chair, UPS Scholar, congressional intern for Rep. John Lewis through the Congressional Black Caucus, traveled to Toyko, Nagaski and Hiroshima, Japan as a peace ambassador for the non-proliferation of nuclear weaponry and was named the 2013-2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. Additionally, he was initiated as a member of the distinguished Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and published his first work in an anthology of sermons by the Academy of Preachers in 2013. Minister Rice has since been cited in the New York Times.
Minister Rice was licensed to preach in gospel ministry by Dr. Steven G. Blunt at First Baptist Church, Mahan in Suffolk, Virginia where he is as an associate minister. He is a 2017 graduate of Harvard University’s Divinity School (HDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he received his Master of Divinity degree as a Ministry Fellow. While at Harvard, Minister Rice proudly served as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Minister Rice also served as a Religious Services Fellow and prison chaplain for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections in Chicago, Illinois, where his research examined the correlation between the usage of religious services and reduced recidivism rates for detainees in Cook County (Chicago). Additionally, Minister Rice was the 2014-2015 Scholar in Residence at Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts.
In March of 2017, Minister Rice was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College for his commitment to bridging civil societies, political institutions, and religious communities after having traveled to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, South Africa. In the fall of 2017, Minister Rice matriculated as a Master of Theology candidate at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also featured as one of the Late Night New Voices at the 103rd Annual Hampton Minister's Conference in Hampton, Virginia. Currently, Minister Rice serves as an Associate Pastor of Young Adults at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Above all, Minister Rice is passionate about preaching, pastoring, and people, and seeks to bridge the church and the academy by serving in the parish with both head and heart. In all things that he does, he aims to preach the gospel, and if necessary, uses words.