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Alvin Hodges

Senior Pastor

Alvin has been a Christian since 1970.  He graduated from Anderson University in 1978, from International Bible Studies in 1983, from Lander University in 1985, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987.  He is currently working on his doctorate with Andersonville Theological Seminary.

He joined the staff at Rice Memorial as senior pastor in January of 1988.  He has a love for the local church and enjoys preaching, teaching, evangelism and missions. 

He and his wife, Debra, have been married since 1968 and have one son and six grandchildren.

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DANIEL MCGAHA

YOUTH AND COLLEGE PASTOR

Daniel joined the staff of Rice Memorial in June of 2014. He is married to Brittany McGaha, a First Grade Teacher at Greenwood Christian School. He enjoys reading, playing golf, drinking Cheerwine, listening to records, and eating at Cookout.

daniel@ricembc.org

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JACK LEON

MINISTER OF MUSIC & WORSHIP

Jack grew up in Jacksonville, FL and attended middle and high school at magnet schools for the arts. He attended the University of Mobile and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Worship Studies from Trinity Baptist College. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's in Worship Studies from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. 

Jack has served in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and now South Carolina; he's had the privilege of leading worship in over 15 states and in 7 countries. He traveled as a college student leading worship around the country and has also contributed writings to resources for the church and believers. He has led worship for the Florida, Alabama and Louisiana Baptist Conventions and the Mississippi State Evangelism Conference. He is a member of the Gospel Music Association and The Recording Academy and has sang at the Dove Awards. He is an avid Florida Gators sports fan and loves the Boston Red Sox.

jack@ricembc.org

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KARON STRICKLAND

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Karon handles babies through 5th grade for Rice. She is wonderful at loving our children and teaching them about Jesus. She is married to Dusty Strickland.

karon.strickland@gmail.com

DIONNE HARRIS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Dionne is from Greenwood but currently lives in Ninety-Six. She is married to Richard Harris and they have two children Luke and Karlee.  She enjoys spending time with her family.

dionne@ricembc.org

JOYCE LAUGHLIN

FINANCIAL SECRETARY