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A Life of Legacy and Faith
A Life of Legacy and Faith
The late Dr. Howard Ridings accepted Jesus Christ as a boy in Auckland, New Zealand, the country of his birth. At the age of eight, he felt called into the ministry and had the impression that one day he would marry an American girl and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in America. Both seemed impossible! The impressions were of God as Reverend Ridings and his American wife, Rosella, ministered not only in New Zealand and the United States, but around the world into twenty-seven countries preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Ridings graduated from Northcote College, Auckland, New Zealand and attended Commonwealth Bible College in Brisbane, Australia. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in Auckland, New Zealand.
An Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was bestowed upon him by Gulf Coast Seminary for his outstanding missionary ministry in the Far East. He held ministerial credentials with Evangel Fellowhsip International, served on the Board of Elders and as the Presbyter of Florida.
While under missionary appointment to Asia for the Assemblies of God, Howard and Rosella began a Youth and Literature Ministry in Singapore. There were 29,000 students enrolled in the International Correspondence School in both English and Chinese languages. They served as pastors of the International English Service (church) in Hong Kong, an exciting ministry that grew from approximately 125 in attendance to over 500 in less than two years and presently has over 4000 in attendance.
Dr. Howard and Rosella founded and pastored the Panama City Christian Center, an interdenominational charismatic ministry in Panama City, Florida, for fifteen years. They then moved to Spartanburg, SC, to work with Bishop Houston Miles at Evangel Cathedral. The Ridings served in several capacities with both also working with Evangel Fellowship International, a fellowship of ministers and churches.
The Ridings moved to Orlando, Florida, to work for Strang Communications with Steve and Joy Strang. Howard served as Director of Ministry Developments and President of Christian Life Missions, as well as pastor to the approximately 200 staff members. Rosella served as Director of Special Events, directing all of the conferences, as well as many other activities. Both ministered as they traveled to churches and conferences throughtout the United States and abroad.
During this time, Dr. Ridings was honored to serve as Chaplain of the Lake Mary Police Department.
April, 17, 2008, Dr. Howard Ridings went to be with the Lord after living a fulfilled life serving God around the world, loving his family and his church family. He will always be remembered as a God-loving-giving man of God.