Kenny Rice is the pastor of the Set Free Tabernacle, a Southern Baptist biker church in Dahlonega.
"(Pastor) Jerry Raynor from Long Branch Baptist in Dahlonega has been praying for several years that someone would come and start a ministry that would reach unchurched bikers," Rice
"My dream is to always work myself out of a job," Rice
and Raynor established the church on Jan. 7.
moved to Dahlonega with his
wife, Judy, and son about a month and a half ago.
"My background is out of that environment," Rice
said."And it has always been on my heart to reach the unreachable, and outlaws are pretty much as close to unreachable that you can get." Rice was born in Compton, Calif., in 1950 and saw hard times as problems began with drugs, alcohol and violence and an eventual prison sentence, he said.
In 1985, he
became a Christian.He
was ordained in 1992 by Set Free Christian Fellowship in Anaheim, Calif. Soon after, Rice
was sent to Washington to begin new Set Free churches.
"We use the old '70s music," Rice
said."ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater, that kind of music.
It's all home court territory for Rice
"I pastor Set Free churches that deal with the addicted, people off the street," Rice