Ryan Rice, Sr. - Lead Pastor

Wife: Seane’ Rice (Married 2005)

Education: Graduates of Dillard Univ. New Orleans

Children: Ryan, Jr., Brayden, Reagen  & Bailey

Seane’ and I knew we were called to the ministry since 2004, but had no idea of the specific call God had on our lives. However, we have been in active ministry since 2007. This was when I accepted my first position as a Ministry Assistant at Bethany Church in the children’s area. After several years on staff, in 2013, God spoke clearly that He called us to plant a church in New Orleans.

As we traveled to the city we felt the Holy Spirit compelling us to begin the work to see Connect Church become a reality. Our hope is that we can see a multi-cultural, Bible believing church planted in the New Orleans area that would bring a message of HopeHealing and Restoration. We believe God loves the people of New Orleans and it is His desire that none perish, but come to know Him.


The SEND Network partners with churches—like ours—to plant healthy, multiplying churches. We are grateful to be apart of this gospel-centered movement.