RBI Graduates in Ministry
Chris & Victoria McKaskle
I (Victoria) came to Bible School fresh out of high school. I was planning on attending a secular university when I found myself attending the Winter Campmeeting celebrating Pastor Rodney’s 25 years in the ministry. It was there that the Lord revealed to me that I was supposed to go to the River Bible institute and that I was called into full time ministry. I had the privilege of going to the school for 3 years and being pushed completely out of the boat. I was challenged to face all of my fears and given the opportunity to do so on many occasions. All I can say is that RBI changed my destiny. I was going one way and God took me completely in the opposite direction.
I (Christopher) was in full time overseas missions. I went to one of Pastor Rodney’s revivals and got an RBI Brochure. Everything on the brochure was everything that I wanted to do. I felt like God wanted to do something bigger in and through my life but He was requiring that I hook up with the vision of RMI so that He could expand me, pour into me, and do a greater work. Being at RBI increased my vision and gave me a stronger hunger for God and a greater foundation in the word of God. It also increased my passion to see the church revived and stirred up to see this end time harvest of souls come in.
We met at RBI and had the privilege of traveling to many cities on the Great Awakening Tours. We are now in full time ministry traveling to different cities around the U.S., training and reviving people to bring in the harvest of souls. Our passion and purpose is one thing, and that is to see souls come into the kingdom of God! And we owe this all to the River Bible Institute and Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
Agustin & Lena Banuet, RBI Graduates
Agustin and Lena Banuet both graduated from RBI after completing 2 years of bible school. They live in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, as ministers on staff at Iglesia Palabra de Vida, one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in North Mexico. They are involved in many forms of ministry including leading crusades, where many are being healed and saved, training others in 1 on 1 evangelism, teaching in the Bible School, feeding the poor and sharing Jesus with them, preaching as guest ministers throughout Mexico, English to Spanish translation on Andrew Womack television programs, practical ministry such as performing weddings and funerals, and being willing to serve and advance God’s kingdom in any way they can.
Tomi & Sanna Lehto
The Lord brought us to RBI in 2001. We finished 3 years of RBI graduating in 2004 and continued working on staff in RMI for 6 consecutive years. God launched us to our own ministry, Reach International, in 2011 when we felt the call of God back to our home nation Finland, and where we are currently traveling full time as evangelists.
We are thankful for the ministry of RMI and RBI for equipping us for a solid ministry. Everywhere we go in our mission field Finland, people receive the simple gospel message we preach as "this is exactly what we need." It is the word preached in faith that brings clarity to often confused Christians and makes the vision clear! People are also encouraged by our life and family in general. We know we owe all this to the ministry of Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne for shaping us and raising us to be what we are today! It took us 10 years for the word to grow in us. You cannot give what you don't have. Take time to get trained! In RBI the word was implanted to us, the presence of the Holy Spirit was molding us and of course a lot's of hands on training!! to equip us for everything we need to run our own ministry. We believe we got the all the necessary equipment from RBI to make it in the ministry and fulfill what the call of God in our lives. This school launched us to the full-time ministry!
Adam Smith is the founder of Truth and Power Ministries, a ministry located in Brazil that organizes mass Gospel crusades. Adam and his wife Patricia are both RBI graduates. Here's their testimony:
"Once I received Christ, I knew immediately that I had to preach. However, I did not know anything about the Bible so I began to search for a Bible school. A month after I was saved, I saw some videos of Pastor Rodney. I thought, "Wow, I've never seen that before (the manifestation of God's Power). I want to do that!" I went to the Summer Campmeeting 2001. I knew immediately that I was to go to the River Bible Institute. I found a house and began school in August, 4 months after I got saved. There are plenty of other Bible schools out there, even ones with similar doctrine, but having now graduated from RBI, I see the difference: At RBI you will receive a foundation in the Word and an impartation of the anointing on Pastors Rodney and Adonica. You WILL receive an anointing to win souls.
My wife Patricia came to school from Brazil 2 weeks before the events of September 11th. She had grown up in a pastor's home and had always served God. Patricia always remembers that when I introduced myself to her and told her my story and that I was a new convert, she wanted to run away from me! But the Lord spoke to her about me and my future. We got married during our second year of school and have been married for almost 8 years now with 2 beautiful children, Eva and Benjamin.
Two months after graduation, Patricia and I began organizing our first mass crusade. Since then, we have preached to over 500,000 people and seen close to 200,000 salvations through our crusades. God has recently led us to begin a church in Natal, Brazil and a Bible school is soon to follow. When you look at a Bible school, ask this question: Will I be more on fire when I leave than when I came? Patricia and I certainly were, and we are still on fire today!"
- Adam and Patricia Smith
Jason and Hannah Gillick completed three years at the River Bible institute and graduated in 2001. The couple now has four sons living for the Lord and they pastor New Breed Church in Bremerton, Washington. They write:
"When we came to RBI, we committed our hearts and lives fully to the Lord. We came teachable and ready to learn, serve, and lay down our lives for the call of God. The phrase 'Days of preparation are never wasted days' taught us to work hard and stay steadfast. Attending RBI challenged us to push through, stay the course and never, ever give up. The times of worship and saturation in the Word and Spirit brought us into a deep relationship with the Lord. Watching Drs. Rodney & Adonica and other instructors demonstrate the power of God taught us to wait on the anointing and stay hungry for God to move. The soul-winning training imprinted on our hearts the importance of winning souls in our everyday lives.
Since starting New Breed Church, we have seen many saved through outreaches, give-aways, street evangelism, open-air crusades, and relationship evangelism. We allow the Holy Spirit to have His way and are contending for a mighty move of God in the Great Northwest! We continually rely on the teaching and impartation that we received at the River Bible Institute. We are forever grateful for what we learned, saw, caught, and experienced during that time."
- Pastors Jason and Hannah Gillick
Linda Arnold graduated from the River Bible institute in 2001 after 3 years of studies. She and her husband currently pastor two churches in Germany where God send them as missionaries in 2005. Pastor Linda writes:
One Sunday morning, when Pastor Rodney first announced the RBI´s opening, I knew I had to be there. But at the time we were caring for 4 foster children. My husband didn´t like the idea of being Mr. Mom in the evenings after working a full day so could I attend Bible school. Many of my friends were privileged to go. Some months later, in February of 1997, after 2 of the children left,
I attended an open house week at the RBI. During one of the evening sessions I heard the Lord say, `I am putting out revelation here like no where else, get in on it now!´ The next day I told my husband what the Lord said. If the Lord showed me, He would show Bob, too. Within a week he agreed that I could enroll. Amazingly, I started attending classes during the last quarter of the charter class. Without a doubt, I would not be where I am today with my husband pastoring two churches in a foreign country had we not obeyed the Lord to attend the RBI. In hindsight, it was imperative to prepare for the future God has destined us for. I tell everyone that nothing in the way of training or education compares to the experience and knowledge of God I gained at the RBI.
Today Bob and I are missionaries to Germany. We moved here September 23, 2005 with our 2 children. Prior to that we traveled back and forth for 12 years. Now we the pastors of two churches in two different cities an hour apart. One is in Kassel and one is in Paderborn, Germany. We founded the one in Paderborn. As for the one in Kassel, we actually moved into an apartment above the church not aware they were without a pastor for two years. We volunteered our time to preach while the Paderborn church was being established. Five months later, we were asked to be the pastors in Kassel also. The Lord gave us a double blessing. The Kassel Church was quite traditional, but has a rich history of being birthed out of a revival in 1906. Since then it has become an international church with people from 12 nations attending. The people have opened up to the move of the Holy Spirit. We are also heavily involved in evangelism. We believe we are here at God´s appointed time for the harvest and revival in Germany. We are very grateful to Pastor´s Rodney and Adonica and the RBI.
- Pastor Linda Arnold