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Christian Rice

Christian graduated from Ursinus in 1998. He was a Politics and German double major.  Upon graduation, he attended Harvard Divinity School, receiving a Master of Divinity in 2001 and a Doctorate of Theology in 2008. Christian then returned to Ursinus in 2008 when he was hired to direct the College’s Civic Engagement initiatives.

He has overseen the expansion of the Ursinus Bonner Program and was instrumental in the creation of UCARE—the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility, and Engagement. He has also helped to create a minor in Peace and Social Justice Studies and has recently been appointed Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement.

Christian also teaches in the Philosophy and Religious Studies department, teaching World Religions (RELS 211), Comparative Religious Ethics (RELS 326), Religion and Human Rights (RELS 366), and a course entitled “What Really Matters in Life?”  Christian also teaches a course on the ethical thought of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Crigler Institute. 

Christian met his wife, Janel Reppert Rice, at Ursinus and they married in 2001. Janel is a pastor of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA.  Christian and Janel have a daughter named Sophie.

Christian says: “I would like others to know that UC students are amazingly creative, morally responsible, and thoughtful young people. What impresses me most is how reflective UC students are about their place in the world and how they intend to contribute to the betterment of our society. I have noticed that UC students exhibit sophistication when it comes to thinking about the big questions of life.  Their Ursinus education might not give them all the answers–I doubt this is possible– but I think it does expose them to the right questions.”


Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion/Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement/ Director of the Harold C. Smith Program


Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • B.A., Ursinus College
  • M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
  • Th.D. Harvard Divinity School