As a graduate of Riverside California Teen Challenge, Chaplain Rice is intimately familiar with the mission and function of residential youth ministry.  Billy Rice was awarded a certificate of achievement for Juvenile Hall ministry to teens in the greater Los Angeles area. Chaplain Rice earned certification in September, 2007 in Biblical Counseling at Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Los Angeles, a two-year college program under Global University.  He is also a certified teacher of the national Teen Challenge Character Education Studies. Rice served as an Outreach Ministry Team leader during his enrollment at TCMI.

Chaplain Rice joined the staff of Gateway Military Academy in 2007; he now serves as the Direct Care Supervisor giving oversight to the daily operation of the Direct Care of the students. Twice annually, he leads Stay Sharp Teams of selected students on annual school “drug awareness” tours. In October of 2011, the Stay Sharp Team impacted over 3,000 students in the Chicago area public schools.