ST.JAMES A.M.E CHURCH
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL
MEET OUR PASTOR
St. James A.M.E. Church         1107 E. Oak Street-Denton, Texas 76205        (940) 387-1223
email: sjden@verizon.net
                                                   
OUR PASTOR

Rev. Mason G. Rice, Jr.
Rev. Mason Rice Jr
Pastor
Reverend Mason Rice Jr., was assigned t0 serve as Pastor  of Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Denton, Texas 0n Feb. 12, 2011.  He served as Pastor of Sherman Chapel AME Church in Vernon, Texas  Feb. 1999 - June 2002 and assigned again Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2006.  Served as Pastor of Greater Edwards Chapel AME Church in Palmer, Texas - Oct. 2007 -Nov. 2010

The second child of four born to Mason and Effie Rice Sr., in North Little Rock, Ark.  Reverend Rice attended public school in North Little Rock, Ark.   His family later moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.  He attended Tarrant County College (TCC)  Fort Worth, Texas and Southwestern Assemblies of God University - Waxahachie, Texas 

In 1997 Reverend Rice answered the call to the Ministry while working out his soul salvation at his home Church – Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.  While a member at Saint James, Reverend Rice served in numerous capacities; Appointed a Steward, was a Member of the Usher Ministry, Official Board Secretary, Director of the Male Chorus and Senior Choir.  He also served as Associate Pastor, Administrator and Spiritual Advisor to several Pastors appointed to St. James.
Reverend Rice is a trained instrumentalist and plays several woodwind instruments; he currently plays the Midi Wind Controller.  His love for music lead him to organize the Voices ‘N Praise Music Ministry.  The Voices ‘N Praise have been singing praises to God for fourteen years.  To honor their Founder and Director, the Group traveled to Lubbock, Texas in 2000 to sing  at the Ordination Service for Reverend Rice.

Reverend Rice retired in 2003 after a successful and rewarding 32-year career with the City of Fort Worth, where he served in various positions: Housing Counselor, Consumer Products Inspector, Code Compliance Officer and Housing Rehabilitation Technician.  He also supervised the Weatherization and Emergency Repair Program for the Housing Department.  In this position he managed a three hundred thousand dollar budget. He was later promoted to Housing Program Manager after successfully presenting a grant proposal to the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for lead remediation. He was awarded a three million dollar grant, and implemented the City of Fort Worth first Lead Based Program (A.L.E.R.T.). The program was for the remediation of lead in homes with children under the age of six.  The program was very successful, and remains an active program today.

Married for over thirty-two years, to Zetta Overton Rice.  He is the father of three, and the proud grandfather of four.