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Bill Rice Ranch

The Bill Rice Ranch is a revival ministry centered on the preaching of God’s Word. Begun in 1953 to reach the Deaf, the ministry has grown now to reach thousands of hearing and Deaf people each year from around the world. Retreats, Conferences, and local church revivals are a continuing part of this year-round ministry.

Wil Rice IV

Evangelist Wil Rice preaches around the country in local church revival meetings and at the Ranch's summer camps, year-round retreats, and regional conferences. He has a strong resolve to continue what his grandparents began over fifty years ago - reach deaf and hearing young people for Christ and see revival in the hearts of believers.

Frank Finney

Evangelist Frank Finney travels with his wife and three children preaching and singing in churches across the country. Frank travels as a representative of the camp ministry of the Ranch.


Frank desires to connect churches to the Bill Rice Ranch and its unique preaching-focused philosophy of camp. The Finney's also assist churches in preparing for their week of camp at the Ranch.

Troy Carlson

Evangelist Troy Carlson serves as director of the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch in Williams, Arizona. He preaches regularly to teens and also coordinates exciting Youth Conferences for the teens out West. He loves preaching to young people and has been a regular Youth Week preacher for many summers. He is the author of the book "Settled and Strong - What it Takes to Have Assurance of Salvation"

Nathan McConnell

Nathan McConnell has served as the director of Deaf Outreach since 2005, a position which entails overseeing the deaf camps each week of the summer, teaching sign language in churches and establishing deaf ministries, and coordinating deaf outreaches for the purpose of evangelism and promotion of the Ranch's camps for deaf young people. In 2013, Nathan agreed to become the administrator of Bill Rice Bible Institute, a one-year training program for high school graduates, ages 18-25. He and his wife Rebekah have two young sons, Warren and Walter.

Nathan Reeves

Nathan Reeves has been the administrator of Bill Rice Christian Academy since 2002. Mr. Reeves is also the Junior Week Director for the Bill Rice Ranch’s summer camps and is actively involved in the Ranch’s fall and spring retreats. He and his wife Jennifer have three children, Adam, Andrew, and Austin.

Chris Miller

Chris Miller and his family have devoted their summers to the ministries of the Bill Rice Ranch for many years now. First working as a counselor, then overseeing the Junior Camp program, and now preaching to teens year after year, Brother Miller has been used of the Lord in the lives of many young people over the years. He and his family travel across the country in full- time evangelism and are glad to call the Ranch home.

Matt Downs

Matt Downs came to the Ranch as a camper, then served as a counselor, and now serves with the Ranch full-time as Camp Director.

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