Rev. Dr. C. Calvin Rice

is a humble servant of the Lord and an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is the husband of Rev. Ellen Rice, the father of six children and grandfather of seven grandchildren.

He is a graduate of Siena Heights University and Corner Stone Theological Seminary. Further studies have been done at Ashland Theological Seminary in pursuance of his D-Min. He is a true believer in the power of education. He has earned his DOCTOR OF Philosophy in Urban Ministries from Aspen Theological Seminary

He has earned a living in the fields of education, social work and the Adrian Police Department.

He is a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is currently involved with various community and religious organizations.

He received his license to preach in July of 1976. God elevated him to the pastorate in 1980. He has been blessed to undershepherd six churches that grew vibrantly under his leadership. He currently pastors Canaan AME Church in Maywood, Illinois.

Pastor Rice has devoted himself to reaching the masses preaching Jesus and teaching holiness. He believes that the church should be the center of community life with the foundation laid in Jesus Christ.

Since his arrival to Canaan AMEC, Pastor Rice has instituted some innovative and educational approaches to Bible Study and all areas of ministry including community outreach programs. He has recently implemented the Master Ministry, The Young Lions Group and Prison Ministry. He recently introduced the concept of Unity Church Worship whereby area pastors along with their families are invited to come and share the preached Word.

In receiving a new pastor, Canaan AME Church has also gained a beautiful First Lady, Rev. Ellen Rice and their beautiful and bright daughter, Alaina. Knowledgeable in Word and diversely talented and committed to ministry, Rev. Ellen is a gracious and willing worker in the church and is a stable support for her husband and children. Alaina lends Her smile, voice and insight in Sunday School, Praise and Worship team, and the Dance Ministry.

The church and the world are made better through his obedience to God and his willingness to serve with gratitude.