Pastors John and Needra Hawkins, were born in Washington, DC. In 2003, John came to know Christ after a life changing encounter with the Holy Spirit. He became passionate about winning souls and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Needra gave her life to Christ at the tender age of 9 and was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the age of 16. She too became passionate about fulfilling the call that God had on her life. John and Needra were married June 17th, 2005. Prior to moving to Tampa, FL, both John and Needra, together, served in multiple areas of ministry in their home church in Maryland. They knew that God had "more for them" and that the Lord had a major calling on their lives but did not know exactly where to find their place in the Body of Christ. They heard about Pastors Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne's ministry and shortly thereafter, began visiting the church in Florida and immediately knew that this is where God wanted them to be!
John and Needra received scholarships by Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne to attend the River Bible Institute, which was an answered prayer. They left everything (jobs, family and friends) to attend RBI. Needless to say, God honored their obedience by supernaturally providing their EVERY need; including paying their rent and supernaturally putting money in their bank account on a consistent basis as they received a revelation and applied the teachings on sowing and reaping by Pastors Rodney and Adonica.
Since becoming a part of Revival Ministries International, John and Needra have been winning souls by the thousands; hosting outreaches and revivals in project housing communities; conducting training sessions and teaching community leaders how to win souls and conduct Bible studies in their immediate neighborhoods. John and Needra count it an honor and privilege to serve in this ministry. They have a burning desire to see communities, cities, and nations shaken by the power of God and to see the knowledge of the Kingdom imparted in the hearts of mankind.PASTORS DANIEL AND CLOVER WILLIAMS
Pastor Daniel Williams traveled for most of his childhood because of his dad who was in the military. Pastor Clover was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. They met and married in 2008. They both knew that they had the call of God on their life and desired to pursue all that God had for them. They had been very active in the churches that they had been in prior to coming to the River Church and knew that God had more for them. They knew that they needed to become more equipped in God's word and training.
In the fall of 2008, they went to a Great Awakening that was held in Maryland. They were touched and changed by the power of God. As a result, they began to buy all of Pastors Rodney and Adonica's teachings and began gaining a deeper passion for souls. In 2009, they attended Drs. Rodney & Adonica's Winter Campmeeting in Tampa, FL. At that moment, they then knew that God had wanted them to attend the River Bible Institute. They prayed and believed God for an open door. Months later, after applying to the school, they were granted a scholarship. Within months, they immediately left everything to fulfill the purpose and plan that God had for their life.
While attending RBI, Daniel and Clover served in many ministries of helps as well as leading a weekly outreach at Robles Park. Clover was soon later hired on staff as Director of the Ministry of Helps department and, later, Daniel was hired as Manager of the Security Ministry. They both faithfully served in the church as if it was their own church. They later received the opportunity to lead the Singles Ministry "S1ngular" which allows them to share and minister to the single members of the River Church.
Daniel and Clover are soul winners and love to serve and help the people of God. Their desire is to help support Pastors Rodney and Adonica with their vision to see millions of souls saved and changed for the Kingdom of God. They are so joyful to be able to serve God and His people. PASTORS NICK AND CAROLINE COETZEE
Pastor Nick Coetzee was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and became a born-again Christian in 1977. Knowing that he had a call to full-time ministry on his life and being a gifted musician, Nick began leading worship in a local church in Johannesburg at the age of 24. It was at this church that he met his wife, Caroline, and they were married in 1986.
In 1988, Nick and Caroline moved from South Africa to Australia where they ministered in local churches, and Nick also had the privilege of producing the first version of "Shout to the Lord" with Darlene Zschech. They then moved to the USA in 1995 to serve in local churches in South Carolina and Florida, and to work with Integrity Music and Maranatha! Music. Nick continued to develop as a music producer by producing numerous worship recordings for local artists. In 2001, following the leading of the Lord, they moved their family and recording studio to Tampa to be based at The River at Tampa Bay Church. Over the past 25 years, Nick and Caroline have ministered in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, The Netherlands, and the UK.
Pastor Caroline was born and raised in Zimbabwe (Africa), was saved in 1977, and moved to South Africa to complete a National Diploma in Public Relations. She then moved to Johannesburg where she met Nick at the church where he led worship.
Nick has been on staff at The River as Worship Director/Pastor since 2006, helping found the River School of Worship, where he teaches on various subjects related to worship ministry, and is currently also the Producer for the Riversong label. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Music. Caroline is the Worship Department Administrator and is currently pursuing a degree in Theology. Nick and Caroline have a passion for music and creativity - seeing people entering into the Lord's presence through anointed worship.
They have been tremendously impacted by the ministry of Drs. Rodney and Adonica and their dynamic ministry team.They have two children: Chelsey and Christian.