About

Wayne Rice

I’ve been involved in ministry (mostly youth ministry) for over 50 years. Currently I spend a lot of my time working with a ministry that serves grandparents! I also have bluegrass music radio show and maintain a website called BluegrassBios.com. I also do some speaking and writing but my most important priorities these days are being a husband, father, grandpa and disciple of Jesus.

Here’s a bit of history:

  • I married my wife Marci in 1966. We were married in late January, exactly one year before the first Super Bowl (which was in 1967). So … our first anniversary was on Super Bowl I and we’ve been counting our years of marriage in Roman numerals ever since.
  • We have been blessed with three kids and five grandkids who are a joy!
  • I co-founded (with Mike Yaconelli) a youth ministry organization called Youth Specialties, which continues to sponsor the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC).
  • I started up another organization called Understanding Your Teenager, which is now part of HomeWord.
  • I have written a bunch of books (last count, about 30).
  • For two years, I taught youth ministry and Bible at San Diego Christian College.
  • I once played in a semi-successful country band called Brush Arbor and even got to play a few shows with Johnny Cash!
  • I began hosting “The Bluegrass Special” on KSON-FM, which is now longest running radio program in San Diego history. You can still hear it Sunday nights 10:00 pm until midnight on 103.7 KSON-FM, San Diego’s top-rated country music station.
  • I also played banjo in three San Diego bluegrass bands: Pacific-ly Bluegrass, Lighthouse and Grassology.
  • I served as Pastor to Generations at College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego for 5 years (2009-2014), working mostly with families.
  • Since 2016, I have worked as a volunteer staff member with the Legacy Coalition, a ministry to equip and encourage grandparents. One of my responsibilities is planning the Legacy Grandparenting Summit, the only national conference on Christian grandparenting.
  • My wife Marci and I live in Alpine, California — about 45 minutes from downtown San Diego.

3 Responses to About

  1. Mark Hamersly says:

    Wayne,

    Or should I say, Pastor? I have e-mailed you a couple of times in the past, but looking you up on the Internet (at work we were talking Bluegrass, I work now as a CBP Tech after blowing out my right knee (meniscus tear), twice, as an Officer. I read about your time in the hospital, and it felt familiar. At the age of 42, I had two “left lacunar infarcts,” I recovered extremely well,passing CA Peace Officer Standards of Training, including the treadmill stress test, one year post strokes! After gettin ghired by SDSO, then the Probation Department, I came here after 9-11. What I would like to do now,is say THANK YOU,for your much earlier impact on my life. I started attending CABC at age 16 while a student at Patrick Henry and goping to Campus Life meetings and volunteering at Youth for Christ. Your church brought me to Christ in 1971. When I graduated a year early, enlisted as that was all I could do, knowing that better men than me were fighting, and dying in Vietnam, I immediately volunteered for Vietnam service. Being a Christian, and trying to live my life in according to the guidance of Fomans 8:28, was a great blessing. I wasn’t afraid of dying. The Lord had me in His hands, and when He wants me, I was ready. I thank Him for that daily, still today. God Bless you, and, like the car window, I like my grass blue, with Rice.

    Mark Hamersly

    “Who, more than self, his Country loved.”

  2. Ruth Gentry says:

    Wayne, I am contacting you to see if you are the author of Creation Do Wah Ditty and to get permission to use that song in our Emmaus Community.

    Thank you so much!!!!

  3. Olivia Andrews says:

    Wayne,
    I’m only 11 but I’m super interested in your stories and preaching.
    I have been very touched and inspired by these. I want to let you know that you have put a great impact on my life as a christian! Thank you so much and may god bless you and your family.

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