Pilots For Christ is a non-denominational ministry of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, dedicated to the promotion of the Gospel through aviation. The first North Dakota Member will be John Timothy Rice. Our Chapter will be named in his honor and for the Glory of God. We ask that you join us in serving in the Lord’s Air Force.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
John Timothy Rice
Air Force 2nd Lt. John Timothy Rice was born October 5th, 1987 at Rugby, ND to John and Barbara Rice. Home-educated at the Rice Homeschool from Kindergarten through the 12th grade, J.T. graduated from there in May of 2006. He attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from 2006-2010, graduating with honors in Geo-Political Science in May 2010. J.T. was currently attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock and in December of 2011 would have received his Master’s Degree in Language followed by jet training at Sheppard Air Force Base.
He lived a rich, full life. J.T. loved his studies; he loved geography. That love brought him to the National Geographic Bee in Washington, DC three years in a row, where he captured two fourth place finishes. Two other competitors along with J.T. were chosen to form the United States team that was sent to the International competition. They defeated Germany and France in the Championship round. He was active in FFA, music and sports at the Maddock Public School.
J.T. had a big smile and warm personality. He loved to hunt and fish with his dad and brothers. J.T. loved to tease his sisters and referred to them as his “beautiful sisters”. Flying was a passion. He was a member of the United States Air Force Academy Flying Team. While attending Texas Tech, he received his instrument and commercial ratings and was to have taken a check ride this weekend for the instructor rating.
J.T. enjoyed traveling and loved to experience the culture of various countries. He had visited Iceland, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, France, Lesotho, Japan, Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and South Africa. His life verse was from Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
As The JT Rice – North Dakota Chapter of Pilots for Christ we acknowledge Jesus Christ to be both true God and true man. We accept Him as our personal Savior, and Savior of the world. In gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of flight, we endeavor to use our passion for aviation to promote His Gospel throughout the aviation community, and the world through service. We will use only honest and ethical means in serving those in need. We will provide our services free of charge to any needy person, regardless of their race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability and/or veteran status. The JT Rice – N. Dakota Chapter of Pilots for Christ International is a 100% volunteer organization and does not have any paid staff.