Our Teachers

The teachers at Word and Spirit Institute NW will help you to identify your calling and to be changed by the presence and power of God. This is the hour where the knowledge of the glory of God shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). We are called to be history makers. It will be said of those who graduate from this school as it was said of the disciples in Acts 17:6 (b) “These that have turned the world upside down, are come hither also...”

Dr. Debbie Rich-Rester, Dean

Dr. Debbie Rich-Rester, Dean

Dr. Debbie Rich-Rester

Dr. Debbie is the founder of Debbie Rich Ministries, Pastor of FaithLife Church Northwest, and Dean of Word and Spirit Institute NW. Dr. Debbie has traveled to over forty nations preaching the fire of revival and the Word of God to generations of believers. She is known as a fiery preacher who flows in the Holy Spirit.  

Debbie was born again as a little girl and baptized in the Holy Spirit at the age of twelve. She attended Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa.  Later, she graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Debbie acquired a Ph.D. in theology from Christian Life University in Tampa, Florida and has taught in Bible schools around the world.  

Debbie's heart and vision is to reap a harvest of souls from the nations of the world and to see the church edified, strengthened, and empowered.  She is an able minister of the Word and the Holy Spirit and believes in both coming together as in the book of Acts.  She is called to stir the church to a greater hunger than ever before.



Dr. Mark Spitsbergen

Dr. Mark has been senior pastor of The Abiding Place church in San Diego, California for 32 years and founder of a new and exciting ministry in Oregon. They also travel throughout the world preaching the gospel.  

Dr. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University; Master of Science from the University of Saint Andrews and Doctorate of Theology from School of Bible Theology, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Ministries from Life Christian University. Dr. Mark is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Languages. He has authored numerous books, including, "The Sequential Events in the Life of Jesus Christ--A Chronological Description of the Four Gospels," Ephesians--The Crown Jewel of the Epistle of Paul," "Adam, From Glory to Shame," and "The Last Two Kingdoms of Mankind."

One of the great passions in his life is reaching those in the nations that have been averse to the Gospel. His focus has been on the Middle East as well as those nations along the Himalayas like Nepal and Kashmir. He was privileged to help bring an awakening to the nation of Nepal when he held the largest crusade in the history of the nation at the National Stadium in Kathmandu. He is also passionate about his work with orphans throughout Asia.


Dr. Stuart Graham



Pastor Jason Stonecipher



Pastor Randy Hooper

Pastor Randy Hooper is a God-fearing minister who has integrity and character. After 27 years of successful businesses, Pastor Randy heard the Call of God to go into the full time ministry. He said, “Go into my churches; bring infrastructure to My churches, bring accountability to My churches, without compromising the move of God.” Pastor Randy has made it his number one priority to fulfill the Vision God has given him. He and his wife, Pastor Vicki Hooper, have just begun a church in Orlando, FL called El Rio.


Evangelist Gayle Wasik

Gayle Wasik was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York.  She received Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior while attending Stony Brook University. She felt the call of God on her life and moved to Tampa, Florida in August of 2000 to attend the River Bible Institute with Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne.  In 2004 Gayle became Pastor Adonica’s personal assistant and traveled with them for the next four years. 

Since 2014 Gayle has been traveling as an evangelist, doing the work of a missionary, preaching the Gospel, teaching in Bible Institutes, helping to plant new churches, set up Bible Training Centers and building up local churches. She is passionate about seeing the lost saved and has a desire to see every believer trained up in the Lord. This call is not only for America but for the nations of the world.