Rice Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC)

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About The Church

Rice Temple Church of God in Christ in Oakland, California is a small but growing family oriented church. We enjoy Worshipping God together, learning more about His Word and showing Godly Love to each other while we prayerfully deal with the struggles of everyday life. We invite those that have a desire to serve the Lord and be a part of a growing church where they can discover and exercise their talents in an atmosphere of Love, Peace and Unity!!   


About The Leaders

Pastor William P Knight and First Lady Denise Knight were born and grew up in Oakland, California and graduated from Castlemont & Oakland High Schools in 1983. 

They both have been loyal members of Rice Temple since 1985 and in 1986, Pastor Knight accepted his call to the ministry and in 1987, he and Denise were married and now have three beautiful daughters. 

Pastor Knight and his wife served faithfully under the leadership of Superintendent James Rice and his wife Mother Jeanetta Rice and held various positions in the ministry until the Homegoing of Superintendent Rice in December of 2007. 

In 2009, Pastor Knight was appointed Pastor and was installed by Bishop W.W. Hamilton. Pastor and First Lady Knight are faithfully serving the members of the church by giving Words of Wisdom, Love and having a whole lot of Patience!! 

To God Be The Glory For The Things He Is Doing!! 


About The Founders

Answering the call of God, Elder James Rice and his wife Jeanetta began to search for a building where they could worship and do the work of ministry that God had called them to do. 

In the fall of 1964 they found and purchased a building on the corner of 9th Ave and E.12th St in the city of Oakland, California. 

The building had three apartments and one small chapel. He named the chapel, Wayside Chapel Church of God in Christ and began his Pastoral Ministry. In 1979 the name of the church was changed from Wayside Chapel to Rice Temple Church of God in Christ. 

On July 7, 1996, God called Missionary Jeanetta Rice from labor to reward after 32 years of dedicated service. 

After the homegoing of his wife Superintendent Rice continued to serve faithfully and diligently as Pastor and on December 28, 2007, God called him from labor to reward after 43 years of dedicated service. 

To God Be The Glory For The Things He Has Done!!