William (Willy) Rice is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. In 2004 he returned to the Tampa Bay area where he was born and raised to lead the church he considered his home church. Willy spent his High School years at Calvary, responded to God's call to ministry there, and met and married his wife Cheryl at Calvary. Since that time the church has completed a complete relocation from its historic campus in downtown Clearwater to a new campus in east Clearwater. The church has experienced renewed health and significant growth in every area. Calvary averages more than 3500 people attending multiple services on two campuses.

Dr. Rice has been active in denominational leadership roles. He served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention from 2006-2008 and he served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in 2015. He has also served as Chairman of the SBC Committee on Committees (2010), Chairman of the SBC Committee on Nominations (2016), President of the Florida Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference (2004 and 2016) along with other local, state, and national positions. He is the author of two books: Discover Dynamic Life and Before You Go: What Every Parent Needs to Say and Every Kid Needs to Hear.

Dr. Rice is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.A. degree (1985) and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree (1990) and a Doctor of Ministry degree (1996).

Willy is married to Cheryl (Baker). She is a graduate of Samford University and they have three children and three grandchildren.


Workshop Session 3: Big Dreams Inspire Others
Join Will Mancini and Willy Rice as they uncover two powerful tools for prototyping your church 3 years into the future as a part of the visionary planning journey. A case study will be delivered by Willy Rice of Calvary Church in Clearwater, FL who has completed his visionary plan (pathway to level 5: 3 to 4). Calvary Church is 150 years old and runs 4,000 in attendance. All sessions in this Dream Big track will provide highlights from the 24 tools in the Dream Big Workbook and specific case studies based on Level 5 Multiplication pathways. Each session may be experienced as a stand-alone session, but they are designed to build on one another to provide a comprehensive visionary planning toolbox for Level 5 multiplication churches. The track is designed by Will Mancini, the author of God Dreams and founder of Auxano.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Worship Center - Main Auditorium

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