Donadrian Rice

         I was born in Spartanburg, SC into a Methodist family where I was christened at Silver Hill Methodist Church. My paternal grandfather was a Methodist minister. In addition to my nuclear family (mother, father, two sisters), my father’s sister, Bertha Rice Dale, who was a second grade teacher, played a significant role in my education (taught me to read and paid for piano lessons for my two sisters and me).

        Music was central as my sisters and I often performed for various church events and rotated playing piano for Sunday school. I graduated with a BA in psychology from Wofford College (at the time an all men’s college), and was the second black student to graduate (there were only two of us until my senior year). I received my MA in clinical psychology from Western Carolina University and my PhD from Saybrook Graduate School. I taught at Auburn University for five years, where Cheryl and I met, and we came to UWG in 1978.

        From 1981 until 2014 Cheryl and I were members of Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta where we helped start a counseling program, and I served as Elder and board member of the Psychological Studies Institute, which was later transformed into a Master’s program in Christian counseling. I have been chair of the psychology department at UWG since 1993 and hold licenses in professional counseling and marriage and family therapy.

        Cheryl and I have two adult married children living in Nashville and Decatur, Ga. We have been members of CPC since 2014. I believe that CPC is an open welcoming church that embodies the essential teachings of Christ, but we need to grow and diversify to continue to be relevant into the 21st century. I think this should be the priority of all CPC church leaders.

 

Last Published: February 15, 2017 2:49 PM
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