The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


Introducing…Minister Winford K. Rice, Jr.

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Meet Myrtle’s Summer Intern: Minister Winford K. Rice, Jr.


Winford Kennadean Rice Jr., commonly known as Kenny, is the proud son of Winford K. Rice Sr. and Crystal S. Rice from Suffolk, Virginia. He is 2014 Magne Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. where he received a bachelor of arts in Religion & Philosophy. While at the college, Kenny served as the President of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants program and the chaplain for the Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Additionally, during the summer of 2013, he worked in the US House of Representatives with Congressman John Lewis through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as a congressional intern.In June of 2014, Kenny was licensed to preach in gospel ministry by Dr. Steven G. Blunt of the historic First Baptist Church, Mahan in Suffolk, Va. This fall, he will be begin his Masters of Divinity degree at Harvard University’s Divinity School as the Entering Ministry Fellow. Kenny seeks to bridge head and heart by serving in the parish and studying in the academy on this life long pursuit of enlightenment. In all things that he does, he aims to preach the gospel, and when necessary–uses words.

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Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

One Response to "Introducing…Minister Winford K. Rice, Jr."

  1. Dr. Maureen Van Niel Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Minister Rice,

    When you enroll at Harvard Divinity School this fall, please keep your eye out for my son, Noah Van Niel. He is a third year HDS student and I’m sure he would be happy to help you make the adjustment to the program. He sometimes attended Myrtle Baptist as a young boy when Rev. Heywood was presiding and he sang for the congregation on several occasions. I wish you all the best in your ministerial studies. Noah has thoroughly enjoyed his time at HDS; it has so much to offer and many wonderful teachers.

    Best wishes,
    Maureen Van Niel

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