Wayne Rice spent years working with Youth for Christ and as a youth minister. In 1968, he co-founded Youth Specialties and in 1988, he started a ministry to parents called, Understanding Your Teenager (now part of HomeWord). He taught youth ministry at Bethel Theological Seminary and San Diego Christian College and from 2009 to 2014, he served as Pastor to Generations at College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego. He is currently serving the Legacy Coalition as Director of Conferencing.

Wayne has authored dozens of books on youth ministry and parenting including Junior High Ministry, Reinventing Youth Ministry [Again], Generation to Generation, and Engaging Parents as Allies in Youth Ministry. He received the Gold Medallion award from the Evangelical Press Association for his book, Up Close and Personal: Building Community in Youth Groups. Wayne is also a musician who has performed with several award-winning country and bluegrass bands.

Wayne has 5 Grandchildren. They call him Grappa.