Rhodora “Rod” Howell
Our ‘Rod of God’ is a happy Christian, called to strengthen the impact of the Kingdom of God in the earth today. As Pastor, Bible Teacher and Trainer, Rhodora is one of God’s spiritual ‘Igniters,’ bringing Jesus’ light and life to those wandering in spiritual darkness.
Raised by Christian parents on a working farm in northern Oklahoma, Rod came to love God and His creation at an early age. Along with her brothers, she learned the satisfactionof a job well done and spent many happy hours on horseback with her dog exploring the farm’s creeks, meadows and rolling hills.
Rhodora attended Oklahoma State University, married and moved to the Dallas area. With her sons in school, she pursued a career in advertising. Life in the fast lane was exciting for this farm girl as she was favored and promoted to Vice President of a Dallas ad agency.
God allowed a shaking that took away almost everything Rod identified with – everything but God! It was then that she discovered that God was enough – more than enough. He lifted her up, set her feet on a sturdy rock and put a song in her heart!
Today, Rod is a happy wife, mother and grandmother who is genuinely thankful for every day and every blessing God has given her. With the help of God, her wonderful husband Bruce and many others, Rod is the founding pastor of Divine Hope Family Church in Red Oak, Texas. She is licensed and ordained through Victory New Testament Fellowship International of Dallas.
A lifetime member, Rod served many years on the International Board as VP Public Affairs. She has coordinated this ministry’s transition to Igniting New Life, established the headquarters in Texas, and delights as God ushers in a dynamic new season and vision for His Igniters.
Anointed to reach hurting people, Rod teaches and preaches a very practical application of the Word of God in everyday life. She challenges everyone to know and receive Jesus as their personal Lord, Savior, Healer and Deliverer; and to receive God the Holy Spirit who lives in the earth today in the hearts and lives of Believers. In this hour, it is of utmost importance that every Christian be pure and free, not only to worship God in spirit and truth, but also to understand their purpose and take their place in the Body of Christ and Army of the Lord. Jesus Christ is coming soon.
What is IGNITING NEW LIFE?
Igniting New Life Ministries International is a non-profit organization tax-exempt under Section 501 (3) (c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, and incorporated in the State ofOhio.
Igniting New Life is a trans-denominational organization of Christians who meet together regularly based on their common faith in Jesus Christ in local chapter Celebration Meetings across the United States and around the world.
All Igniting New Life Celebration Meetings are open to the public, and attendees are blessed with a guest speaker, singing, testimonies, and personal prayer ministry is available to all. Chapters often have Bible studies, prayer groups and other ministry opportunities.
Igniters hold various regional and state meetings, conferences, seminars and retreats, as well as annual National and International Celebration Conventions.
Igniters impact their area through intercessory prayer for government, schools, churches, and public service personnel such as the military, police and firefighters. Igniter volunteers often minister to those in jail and prison, hospital and nursing homes, shelters for the homeless, and victims of tragedies.
After thirty-five years in ministry, God supernaturally gave us a new name to describe His new mission assignment for us effective January 1, 2010: Igniting New Life. (See A Word of Introduction from our President).
While the specific characteristics of Igniting New Life Ministries are being defined and refined daily, God’s primary mandate for us is reaching out to those sitting or wandering in spiritual darkness, Igniting New Life in Jesus Christ. Thus, our name IS our mission.