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Pastors Bob & Debbie

For over 25 years, Dr. Debbie Rich Rester has endeavored to make known the ministry of Jesus Christ by preaching and teaching the Word of God and demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit. It was while she was pastoring in Alaska that she first encountered the ministry of Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne, during one of his revivals. That meeting and several more after, forever changed her life and the direction of her ministry. Having grabbed ahold of the work of the Spirit of God through Dr. Rodney, she stepped out and moved in faith, a faith that would take her across 36 nations of the world! For many years she served as an associate evangelist to Dr. Rodney, seeing many signs and wonders and even more saved in the name of Jesus! The power of revival poured out through her as she declared the Word in power and evangelized in the U.S. and abroad for the next two decades.

Pastor Bob Rester has been in ministry of various forms for over forty years, having received the calling 1969. He has served in almost every capacity, culminating in Director of Evangelism and eventually as Senior Pastor of Central Park Neighborhood Church in Aberdeen, Washington, where he took a closed down church in disrepair and turned it into a beautiful church of over 300 people. While pastoring that growing church, his wife, Mary, and his daughter Kathy, battled cancer. He persevered in building while running home to take care of a very sick wife. Then, he would return to the church to pound more nails. After a long battle, he lost his beloved wife, Mary, and then his daughter.

In the mid-1990s, God stirred Pastor Bob’s heart to contend for revival, which he did earnestly! In the time before he moved from CPNC, many lives were forever changed. Many gave their hearts to the Lord as the Holy Spirit poured out in power and fire! Throughout those years of revival, Dr. Debbie had ministered in those revival meetings many times, and became close friends with Pastor Bob and Mary. After Mary's home-going, Pastor Bob and Debbie continued to be friends. After a time, their friendship turned into love. God had once again brought joy and restoration into Bob's life. They were married at his church in April of 2008. What a dynamite team the revivalist pastor and evangelist now make!

 

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In 2012, Pastors Debbie & Bob began FaithLife Church NW in Aberdeen, Washington. They felt called to begin a work that would minister to the needs of the Grays Harbor area.  Originally, FLC met in the homes of some of its members, but after a time moved into its own building in downtown Aberdeen.

In March 2017 FLC moved in to its new facility in Elma, Washington. The move allowed for more room to grow! It also allowed Pastor Debbie to realize a long-held dream to open a Bible School that would prepare students for ministry by teaching solid, sound doctrine and how to move in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

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Word and Spirit Institute NW opened in the Autumn of 2017. WSI focuses on bringing the truth of the Word of God and the Fire of the Holy Spirit to the students.  It is our heart to see a new breed of minister rise up and take the name of Jesus and the power of His Spirit to a lost and dying world!

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In 2013, Dr. Debbie felt led to have an annual week of revival, as she did in the past. Only now, it would take place in the local area and focus on bringing revival to the Northwest United States, though through the use of social media and internet broadcasting, the impact has been much more far-reaching.

Each year, Dr. Debbie and FaithLife host this event, with people flying in from various parts of the country and from other nations. Anointed and powerful speakers come in to share a fresh word with demonstration, as God pours out His love and fire! These meetings have grown every year and include fellow revivalist ministries and churches from the surrounding states. If you haven't attended one of these, be sure to check our event listings for the next one!