A. Colette Rice is the eldest daughter of Sarah Rice and the late Deacon Ned Rice. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was baptized at the age of nine and received her early Christian education at the Canaan Baptist Church in Philadelphia under the leadership of Reverend Gus Roman.
She has been a member of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church since 1987. Over the years, the church has grown to a membership of over 8000 and is numbered among the Top 100 Churches in America according to Outreach magazine and a number of other nationwide studies. Over the past twenty-five years she has served on a myriad of ministries and a host of servant leadership positions contributing to the overall development and growth of the church; she now serves as Executive Pastor.
In October, 2001 Reverend Rice preached her initial sermon and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to her preaching gift, she is a Counselor, Bible Study Instructor, and New Disciple Training Facilitator. Rev. Rice has conducted many seminars and facilitated numerous workshops at conferences and retreats throughout the area.
In March 2007, after being blessed with the opportunity to serve in full time ministry, Rev. Rice retired early from the Federal Government after serving 27 years of civil service. At the time of retirement, she held the position of Senior Administrative Specialist, serving as the Deputy to the Executive Officer for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals responsible for the Administrative Operations of the Board.
In November 2007, she was one of the first two women ordained to the Gospel Ministry in the History of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church. For her first 18 months, she served as the Associate Pastor of Administration during which time she helped to establish and develop the church’s administrative infrastructure while providing administrative oversight, leadership development and spiritual guidance for the servant leaders and ministries church wide. In November 2011, she was appointed to the position of Executive Pastor where she provides spiritual leadership and direction to the Associate Pastors and other full time staff. She also serves as Advisor to the Women’s Ministry, providing programmatic oversight, leadership and direction.
has travelled the world in ministry and Global Outreach to include, West Africa, Jordan, Israel, Greece and Turkey.
Rev. Rice has received numerous awards and accolades for her service to include the Eboné Image Award by the National Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter. She was the first African American to be featured on the cover of The Church Executive Magazine 2013 February edition.
Reverend Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies, with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry from the Maple Springs Bible College and Seminary. In addition, she has completed extensive studies in Christian Counseling and Evangelism. She is also nearing completion of her certification as a Pastor’s Coach to equip her to coach Pastors and Church leaders worldwide in developing a strategic approach to turning their God-given vision into reality.
Minister Ellen Williams is a native Washingtonian. She is the proud daughter of John and Ellen Johnson and granddaughter respectfully of the late Deacon Joseph and Deaconess Pauline Haywood. She was educated in the Washington, DC Public School System. She is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary (Master of Arts in Biblical Studies). She recently retired after 42 years from the National Institutes of Health, as an EEO Officer and Manager of Guest Relations.
Minister Williams accepted her call to the ministry and preached her initial sermon in May of 1999, at the Macedonia Baptist Church, in Washington DC. She was licensed on September 13, 2000 by Dr. James Hall. She presently serves as an Associate Minister at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia under the spiritual guidance of Pastor Frank R. Kelly.
Minister Williams also serves as a mentor to women by conducting Sister-to-Sister workshops and seminars. She is married to her biggest supporter and friend, Deacon Ronald Williams, Sr.
The Scripture that keeps her steadfast and unmovable is II Corinthians 4:5. “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord.”