It has been a long journey for Pastor Paul Rice of Kellogg Valley Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

The journey began 50 years ago; for it was in 1963 he first entered into the ministry.

On Saturday, April 20, the church will be holding a special observance from 2-4 p.m. to recognize Rice’s 50 years in the ministry. The church is located in the Runyan Acres area.

According to a release issued by the church, Pastor Rice has been the pastor at several churches over the years.

Some of them include: Union Valley, England; Bethel Baptist, Mabelvale; Faith Baptist, Newport; Raleigh Springs, Memphis; Palm Street/Lynch View, North Little Rock; Fellowship Baptist, West Memphis.

Rice is celebrating his 30th year at Kellogg Valley Baptist.

"Brother Paul is a graduate of Central Baptist College. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Central Baptist College and as State Missionary for the BMA of Arkansas at Memphis and at Kellogg Valley," states the release. "He is currently the Recording Clerk for the BMA of Central Arkansas, a position which he has held since 2008. His ministry reaches out of the four walls of our church as he also holds services for The Meadows Retirement Center and The Park Stone Place on a regular basis."

Rice was raised in the Rose City area. He is a high school graduate of North Little Rock High. He has five children, Danny, Jennifer, Miranda, Robin, and Erica. He is married to Lora Rice for 19 years. He has five grandchildren all living in the Sherwood area; Ric, Brandee, Jace, Avery, and Maddox.

"He loves to golf and hang out at Shipley’s Donuts in Sherwood where he learns a lot about the city" said his wife, Lora, who said she is very proud of her husband. "He cut a Gospel album while pastoring in Memphis titled ‘Thanks To Calvary’. All proceeds went to a Mission project."

He was born Sept. 11, 1946, the son of the late John and Roberta Magnolia Rice.

The Rices now reside in North Little Rock.