The RevErend Charles Rice

Chaplain and Assistant Professor
Spiritual Life at UC 
Bomberger Hall, Lower Level

Charles Rice, a native of Brooklyn, New York, and is a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Brooklyn. Reverend Rice presently serves as Chaplain and Assistant Professor of philosophy and religion at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Reverend Rice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master’s degree in Historical Theology from the Colgate-Rochester Divinity Schools, and has completed doctoral studies at Syracuse University, concentrating on religion and culture. He has held ministerial and teaching positions at Colgate University, Suffolk University, and a field education mentor at Harvard Divinity School. Reverend Rice has also served as interim pastor at the Memorial Congregational Church in North Quincy, Massachusetts, pastor of the United Baptist Church in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, and for a short while as an elementary school vice-principal in Rochester, New York.

Reverend Rice has been instrumental in leading forty-eight of his former students to pursue seminary degrees, and he presently has twenty-nine of his former African American students pursuing or currently holding the Ph.D. degree. He is committed to issues of social justice and education. His various civic activities include leadership roles on the boards of the National Council on Adoptable Children and the National Photo Listing of Children Waiting for Adoption, as well as work with One Hundred Concerned Black Men and the Children’s Defense Fund’s: Good Schools Pennsylvania, initiative. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wissahickon Charter School in Philadelphia.

Reverend Rice is married to Tonya Richardson Rice, and is the father of five children.