BIG BREAKING NEWS – ABUSE ALLEGATION: Church to investigate Christian musician, after abuse allegation [#ChrisRice] 10/15
A Kentucky church has announced plans to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Dove Award-winning Christian musician and songwriter Chris Rice.
Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, said that Chris Rice, whose songs include “Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)” and “Deep Enough to Dream,” had been a guest musician at several youth and college retreats from 1995 to 2003.
“Through his involvement in our ministry, Mr. Rice developed close relationships with multiple students. Last week, one of those male students called to inform me of allegations that Mr. Rice had sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions. While these remain allegations at this point, we are treating them as credible because of the source of the allegations and corroborating evidence we have discovered.”
– Rev. Robert H. Cunningham, the church’s pastor
Rev. Robert H. Cunningham said the church has contracted with GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), a nonprofit that addresses abuse in faith-based groups, to conduct an independent investigation.
The church had previously worked with GRACE to investigate allegations against a former church youth minister.
Rev. Robert H. Cunningham also said that he contacted police and informed the church’s elders about the allegations.
Fair Trade Services, the Brentwood, Tennessee is the company that released Chris Rice’s latest album, “Untitled Hymn: A Collection of Hymns”.
Songs from Chris Rice’s 2006 album, “Peace Like a River: The Hymns Project,” have been streamed more than 70 million times.
Chris Rice moved to Nashville in the 1980s and wrote songs for Christian artists, including Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant, before signing a record deal with Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown label in 1996.
Chris Rice was named male vocalist of the year at the 1999 Dove Awards, run by the Gospel Music Association.
Chris Rice later had success with the adult contemporary hits “Lemonade” and “When Did You Fall (In Love With Me).”
In recent years, Chris Rice has stepped away from music to focus on painting.
Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation:
A former student at a Kentucky church has alleged that Rice sexually abused him after meeting him at a church retreat:
Religion News Service