Reverend Dr. Perryn Rice

The Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice is the Senior Pastor of the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX where he, his wife, Terri, their son, Jonathan Perryn, and their daughter, Lauren Endia, reside. 

Perryn has served as the Moderator of the Brazos River Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (C.P.C.A.), and as the Stated Clerk (Executive Secretary) of the General Assembly of the C.P.C.A.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Bethel University in McKenzie, TN.  He is currently the Moderator of the Red River Presbytery (C.P.C).  He is also a member of the Unification Task Force of the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches whose purpose is to create a plan to bring these two denominations together as one.  He teaches the Principles of Preaching course with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Program of Alternate Studies (P.A.S.) for ministers seeking ordination.  The PAS program is connected to Memphis Theological Seminary. 

Perryn holds dual membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, and is a member of the Grace Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (PCUSA). Perryn has served as an Associate Minister of the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas; the Pastor of the East Waco Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America in Waco, Texas; the Pastor of the Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America in Dallas, Texas; and the Associate Pastor of Plans and Programs of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN.             

A product of the public school system, he received a B.A in English (writing) from Bethel College of McKenzie, TN.  He received his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School of the Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, TX and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.  Homiletics (preaching) was his basic concentration for both of these degrees and he has future hopes of teaching Homiletics later in life.             

Earlier in his life, Perryn spent some years as a stand-up comedian and R&B singer.  He dropped those aspirations to follow God’s call for his life.  Although at times you may catch him singing and telling jokes.  He believes in keeping gifts fresh and usable.  Perryn considers his wife “his second reason for living.”  He believes that God has shown him love by giving Jesus Christ to die sacrificially in his place.  But Perryn also believes that God has shown him love by blessing him with such a wonderful woman in his wife, Terri.  “I become a better preacher, pastor, and person each second I’m with her.”  They share an email weekly devotional called, “The Weekly Word!”  It began as an email to twenty people that has swelled to over 150 recipients. Perryn knows that his son and daughter are gifts from God.  “No matter how rough my life can be, Jonathan’s smile and love makes everything worthwhile.”  His daughter is the spark that keeps them motivated.  “Whenever I see her and then the world she will grow up in, I know I have more sermons to preach!”  Perryn loves being a “family man.”     

Perryn Rice is the son of the Rev. Joel and Mrs. Ann Rice (natives of Providence, KY and Detroit, MI respectively) of Dallas, TX and has a younger brother, Xavier, who is also a preacher and lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Vickey. He has authored one book, Sixty-six Devotions from Sixty-six Great Books, and is currently working on other book projects.  He is the recipient of many awards and tributes, but he treasures preaching. He loves to preach and does so with a power and passion that comes from God.  Early in his ministerial life, the Rev. Henry Ewing, Jr. of Alabama told him, “If you don’t believe it, don’t preach it!”  This is his foundational basis for what he does.  “I believe in preaching the life of Jesus Christ – crucified, dead, and buried; but definitely resurrected and living.”