Thursday, October 23, 2008

10 Questions - Need Your Help

One of my favorite parts of TIME magazine is there 10 question interviews. The questions come from readers and some times they are surprising and inspiring, other times, not so much. I wanted to give that a try here in Revland.

Here is the deal. I will post a bio and picture (or in this case a video) of people who are doing some interesting ministry and/or hold a position in church leadership. The comment section will be open for questions for 5-7 days to this individual. After that time I will give ten questions to the person (who has already agreed to do this) and they will shoot back their answers. Here is the first willing person.

Alan Rice does very interesting ministry in the WNCC. He is the Executive Director of the RFD Community Development Corporation. He is also a minster at Crossfire, Western North Carolina's Biker church. (to quote TIME) Alan Rice will now take your questions. Your questions will be answered by Alan, and two local pastors of Crossfire, Dunc and Bubba.

Here is R. Alan Rice's Bio:

The Rev. Dr. Alan Rice is the Executive Director RFD Community Development Corporation ( http://www.rfdcdc.org/) , a faith based “catalyst for things hoped” for by churches, communities and intuitional ministries. Alan is concurrently the Director of Rural Ministry and Community Development for the Western North Carolina Conference. In those two roles he serves as a consultant and presenter for churches, districts and ministry entities throughout North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. The largest project is Gulfside Assembly and Sea Song Senior Living, a $200 million dollar project in Mississippi.

Alan is joyfully the Senior Minister at Crossfire UMC; a growing congregation of bikers and “working” folk. Chartered in 2004, the congregation averages over 100 in worship and is involved in many ministries to the poor and unchurched. The church website is http://www.bikerchurch.com/ . A short video about the church can be viewed at GodTube.com by selecting UMTV Biker Church.

For seven years prior to this present appointment, Alan was the District Superintendent for 99 churches and 15,000 members in eight rural Appalachian counties. Immediately prior to becoming a DS, he was the Senior Pastor at Tyro UMC. During his eight year tenure the rural church grew to 500 in worship attendance, 1,000 members and was recognized for seven consecutive years as a WNC Conference Church of Excellence. Alan was the founding pastor for three daycares, three community development corporations and Christ UM Church in the Asheville District. He is a Harry Denman award recipient, member of the WNCC Task Force on Reorganization, Duke Thriving Rural Communities, GBGM Town & Country Advisory Team, GBGM Development Committee and a multi-term Board Member of the NC Rural Center.
Before entering ministry, Alan was an executive in a multi-million dollar general contracting firm. Concurrently he was an executive and partner in two development firms; one for residential property and the other for commercial projects. His undergraduate degree is from NC State in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction. He has a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Theology Masters Degree from Duke Divinity.

He is married to Dr. Debbie Rice, a Ph. D. in Social Work who is the Executive Director of Family Services of Davidson County. Sean, an only child is a fourth generation general contractor in the Asheville area.

Here is also a short video on Crossfire done by UMTV.

1 comment:

John said...

This question may not be your experience; I'm just guessing what biker culture looks like.

But I'm wondering what about the challenges of serving a mobile congregation. Is it hard to run a church with the majority of the congregation on the road?