Role: Assoc. Pastor, 1st Baptist Congregational Church
Rev. Gail L. Rice is a licensed and ordained minister at First Baptist Congregational Church, Chicago, IL, serving as Associate Pastor to Women under Senior Pastor, George W. Daniels. She gives pastoral care and counseling to women in all walks of life and pastoral leadership to the Daughters of Victory and Empowered (D.O.V.E.) Women's Ministry.
Rev. Gail mentors the women of Leslie's Place, transitional housing for women paroled from prison; she has served as a chaplain intern at the Interfaith House, a respite center for the homeless on the Westside of Chicago; and served as a board member at Abigail House, a Christian-based transitional shelter for women. Currently, she is the director of the Chicago Chapter of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry (NCBWIM).
She answered God's call to the vocation of ministry in August, 2001, was licensed by Rev. Dr. Arthur D. Griffin, Sr. in February, 2002, and ordained on November 9, 2007 by Pastor George W. Daniels.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Concordia University in 2001 and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in June 2006.
Rev. Gail is married to Deacon Wendell C. Rice, Sr., her covering, soul mate, best friend, and partner in ministry whom God placed in her life "for such a time as this." Together they have three children: Jasmine, Wendell, Jr., and Randall; and three granddaughters, Chloe, Ka'niyah and Lyric.
"I take no credit for anything the Lord has done in me, through me and for me. It is only by his grace and mercy that I am worthy to be called one of His daughters. It is not by my might, nor by my power, but by the Spirit of the Lord!"