Ruhamah Rylander is the Founder/Executive Director of Keturah’s Haven. She volunteered at Pregnancy Help Centers in both Deltona, Florida and Katy, Texas from 2003 to 2016. At these centers is where she saw women who were abused, and discarded, and left to live on the street while they are pregnant. It was while mentoring a young woman at the Pregnancy Help Center in Katy, who was 8 months pregnant and on the verge of becoming homeless, that God gave her the vision to establish a home specifically for women who are pregnant and homeless in the Katy, and surrounding areas.
In preparation for this vision, she and her husband David worked with Life House of Houston who employed them as house parents at their Richmond campus from November 2016 to November 2017. During this time, 23 babies were saved from being aborted. The house in Richmond was closed after Hurricane Harvey. However, the vision remained clear ”there is still a need for a home to be established in the area”.
Being obedient to the call, she hopes to achieve this vision with assistance from willing hearts and hands.
Ruhamah and her husband, David presently worship at Parkway Fellowship Church in Richmond, TX where they serve in several ministries. They are parents of 6 grown children and 9 grandchildren. Her motto is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5-6.
In the April 2017 issue of the Katy Magazine Ruhamah was listed as one of Katy's Top 100 Women.
David is semi-retired, doing handyman projects. He previously worked as a machinist for 14 years, as a drafting specialist with Westinghouse/Siemens for 19 years, and 3 years with BAE Systems in Sealy, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968, with a tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Ranger, CVA61 in the the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam Conflict, and again aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga, CVA60 in the Mediterranean Sea during the 1967 Arab/Israeli conflict. David was a foster parent for seven years assisting in three adoptions and co-parenting 172 children. He has been happily married to Ruhamah since 2002. They have both co-partnered in leading several married small groups at their church, Parkway Fellowship. David's two favorite scriptures are John 15:16a Jesus said, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, that you should go and bear fruit" and Matthew 28:20b, Jesus said, "I will be with you always even unto the end of the age."
Georgia is a native Texan and has lived in Katy since 1977, where she and her husband raised their 6 children. She is a real estate broker in the area and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Theology at The Bible Seminary, here in Katy. She speaks at women’s conferences and teaches bible classes. Her passion is studying the word of God and showing others the love of Christ
Native Texan since 1990
Grew up in KATY
Attended Stephen F. Austin
Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary studies
Member at Parkway Fellowship
Been in Katy ISD since 2007
Married with two boys
Small Group Leader at Parkway Fellowship
Loves showing the love of Christ and ministering to others
Julius Adeniyi was born in the Northern Nigerian state of Kano. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Nigeria’s Premier University (University of Ibadan). After working for a few years in the Banking Industry, he relocated to the United States and obtained his Master of Accounting degree from the University of Houston-Clearlake. Since his graduation, Julius has worked with various companies within the Auditing and Accounting field. His previous jobs haven taken him to various countries all around the world including India, Vietnam, Australia, Switzerland, Britain, Gabon, and others. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information System Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is currently employed as the Vice President & Corporate Controller of an Oil and Gas Water Midstream Company. Julius has lived in Houston for over 17 years with his beautiful wife of over 16 years and two beautiful daughters. His wife is the Kid’s Pastor at Parkway Fellowship-North Campus where they have been members for over 8 years. Julius has been a volunteer teacher in the Parkway Fellowship Kid’s Ministry for over 5 years. He was also a mentor at the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for a few years. Julius enjoys spending time with his family. When he is not riding his bike with his family, he'll probably be at a golf course. Julius’ favorite Bible passage is 1 Corinthian 13: 9-12 “9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
My name is Matthew Carreon, I currently own my own business called Matthew Carreon's LLC. I provide services in just about everything needed indoors and outdoors for the home. I am grateful to have been born to a God-fearing loving mother and father. As a stubborn hardheaded teenager/young adult, I stepped away from the way my parents raised me and spent a little over 20 years in drugs and alcohol. I am the father of three children, the step- father of three, and grandfather of five. On Wednesday evening February 27, 2019, at Grace Church Houston evening service, I completely surrendered to Christ and asked God not to just break the chains of addiction but remove them completely.
Since then, I am growing in my walk with Christ and applying biblical principles on everyday situations. I am not perfect, but my God is. I have lost my oldest biological daughter whose spirit went back to my Lord on November 25th, 2020. I volunteer to serve on Keturah Haven’s board as I think this mission is important and helpful in changing lives of young women who need proper guidance in breaking generational curses and re-writing their stories.
Amy Mukavi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and relocated to the US in 2016. She is a Human Resources professional with over 18 years of proven track record of effectively managing Human Resources (HR) and Operations in highly dynamic development-oriented programs in Africa, the Middle East, and the US. She has a track record of coaching in employee relations, intercultural communication, team building, and managing change, with proven success in international recruiting. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Wales, UK.
Amy has been a Houston resident since 2016 and attends Parkway Fellowship Church in Richmond when she is not traveling for work. She is passionate about women, and when she is not working, she volunteers at Keturah’s Haven in various capacities.
Kadija J Ogundare is the current program manager who has had 6 years' experience as a recreational coordinator for unaccompanied minor programs under homeland security. She is continuing her education pursuing a degree in social work. Kadija was born in the US to two parents who are originally from The Gambia in West Africa, she lives in Houston with her son and Husband. Kadija's Journey with the Haven started in 2021 when she was seeking shelter for her and her 3-month-old son, she completed the program in September of 2021 and has come back to serve on staff. In a years' time Kadija has been a great peer mentor to our residents. God continues to use her in our ministry.
Vicki a native Texan lived in Katy since 1995. Married for 43 years, has 3 married sons and 3 beautiful daughter in loves and 6 grandchildren. She fellowship’s with Mosaic House of Prayer where she is on staff. She has a heart for this ministry and has prayed for a home to be established in the Katy/West Houston area for over 20 years. She believes that if these women are given the opportunity to be in a Christ centered home where they can receive unconditional love, be nurtured, supported, encouraged that it can not only change their lives but it can also change the next generation. She loves being a part of what God is doing at Keturah’s Haven.
I’m a 3rd generation Houstonian and have lived in the Katy/Fulshear area since 1977. I have worked in the energy industry for over 30 years focused on IT systems for some of Houston’s largest companies. My wife Laura and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and we have two grown sons who both work in the Houston area. We worship and serve at Simonton Community Church.
I came to faith in 2020 while attending the national day of prayer at a church in Fulshear. I had been thinking about faith for 20 years, but it was always stuck in my head as I was logically trying to understand faith. During the service, I felt the holy spirit move within me and I walked out a believer. Faith had finally moved from my head to my heart! My faith is real, growing stronger, and I am focused on planting the seeds of faith in others.
I feel called to shine God’s light of love, hope and grace into dark places. Keturah’s Haven is supporting women in very difficult situations and while planting the seeds of God’s promise. My hope is that my God given gifts and skills can be used to help Keturah’s Haven continue its mission statement and reach the vision set for the ministry.