Larry Rice was born in McAllen, Texas in 1949 where he graduated from Sharyland High School in 1967. He attended Concordia College in Austin, Texas and Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he received his BA Degree in Theology & Social Psychology in June 1971. Larry Rice was ordained through Calvary Temple in Fort Wayne on December 12, 1971. In 1987 he was honored with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
Rev. Larry Rice is a preacher and bible teacher whose vision has long been to connect the faith of the average church goer to the real needs of people in crippling financial situations. He has long maintained that to believe that all men and women are made in the image of God but to leave them caught in an unjust system that rewards the greedy should be unconscionable. Since 1972, he has used many different forms of media communication and educational resources to preach the Kingdom message of God’s liberation both from greed and poverty.
He has three grown children with his late wife and Co-Founder of NLEC, Penny Rice: Christopher, Stephanie and Jennifer. Larry married Debra Rice in February 2009 and presently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Larry enjoys long walks in parks and nature preserves whenever possible. He enjoys hanging out with his children and eight grandchildren.
As founder and director of New Life Evangelistic Center Larry Rice began a medical clinic, assistance programs for food, rent, utility and funeral expenses, an Adult Literacy Class, Winter Patrol, the Summer Distribution Programs of fans and air conditioners, the winter distribution of blankets, heaters and insulation kits, apartment and job referral, transportation assistance, violence prevention classes, and computer training.
Larry Rice opened shelters for the homeless in St. Louis, Columbia, Joplin, Potosi and Van Buren, Missouri, Shelbyville, Illinois and many other sites that have since been closed.
He is the Founder of Missouri Renewable Energy (MORE) and American Renewable Energy (ARE) which provide training in renewable energies like solar, wind, bio-diesel micro-hydro and gasification. The Missouri Renewable Energy website ( www.morerenewableenergy.org ) offers information on renewable energy classes, free fairs and the Missouri Renewable Energy membership. The American Renewable Energy website ( www.americanrenewableenergy.org ) gives you the opportunity to watch Renewable Energy programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Renewable Energy Programs can also be viewed on KNLC D-TV 24.2.
Larry Rice co-founded The Dollar Help Program with Sister Pat Kelly at the Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis. This program raised several million dollars to help the needy pay gas bills during the winter months, by encouraging people to add just $1 to their gas payments to help those who were struggling to pay their bills.
He also founded The Missouri Coalition for the Homeless, which has taken up an advocacy role to help fight the cycle of homelessness through better legislation and public awareness. For example, he led the fight against blighting in south St. Louis which would have taken possession of the homes of several elderly long-term residents through eminent domain. Also, the public was reminded of the plight of the homeless through his efforts at the Hopeville tent city. The public can also get involved in the Annual Weekend with the Homeless, an educational event to teach the community about the plight of the homeless through direct interaction. Many concerned citizens sleep outside to show their solidarity with homeless men, women and children.
Larry Rice is the Director and Founder of the Here’s Help Radio & TV Network, which helps the poor and homeless to be set free from the cycle of poverty through training in broadcasting, while providing wholesome family, community and inspirational programming. This direct-help network includes KNLC TV 24.1 in St. Louis along with the 24 hour Renewable Energy Channel (RES) on 24.2 and community low power TV stations in Springfield, Marshfield, Branson, Joplin and Aurora, Missouri, and in Green Forest Arkansas. The Network also includes radio stations KNLG in New Bloomfield, MO, KMRF and KNLM in the Marshfield/Springfield, MO area; KNLQ in Cuba, MO, KNLH in Cedar Hill, MO, KNLP in Potosi, MO, KBIY in Van Buren, MO, KKLL in Webb City, MO, KNLN in Vienna, MO, WINU in Shelbyville, IL, KKLO in Leavenworth, KS/Kansas City area, and KBPB in Harrison, AR. These stations are all operated by formerly homeless people who are in training for a position in broadcasting. You can listen online to a stream of the Here’s Help Radio network from anywhere in the world at www.hereshelpnet.org. More information about KNLC TV can be found at www.knlc.tv.
He has used his accomplishments in paralegal studies and private investigative work to start the Cry Justice Division among prisoners.
Rev. Larry Rice has received numerous awards and honors over the past 48 years, a few of which are: ABC’s Person of the Week, USA Today Newsmakers, The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis Quality of Life Award, Human Necessities & Justice Award, the Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Award, the Distinguished Christian Service & Social Work Award from the National Association of Christian Social Workers, plus many additional awards.