Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cookeville Minister To Lead Alabama Revival

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Perryn Rice, an associate minister of Cookeville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, will be going to Gadsden, Alabama, next month to lead a three-day revival at the Gadsden Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Rice is the first ordained minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America to be employed in a Cumberland Presbyterian Church as an associate minister. He holds dual membership in both the CPC and the CPCA. According to a press release from the Gadsden church, Rice comes from a long line of Cumberland Presbyterians. His father, the Rev. Joel Rice, also made history by being the first African-American student to be accepted in an all-white Southern private college, Bethel College, in 1961. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America is a primarily African-American denomination which developed from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church back in 1874.