Ruhamah Rylander is the Founder/Executive Director of Keturah’s Haven. She volunteered at Pregnancy Centers in both Deltona, FL and Katy, Texas from 2003 to 2016, 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 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 several positions of the Boy Scouts of America at local level from Cubmaster to Unit Commissioner. 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. He is the leader of a men’s small group which has been running for the past four years. David's favorite scripture is Matthew 28:20b, Jesus says, "I will be with you always even unto the end of the age."
Ed McFarland is a graduate from Texas Tech University where he met his wife of 23 years. He also has a M.S. in Kinesiology/Sports Management from the University of North Texas. Both Ed and his wife are teachers in the Katy Independent School District, and have two children. The McFarland family has lived in the Katy area since 2008; moving from the North Dallas area.
Olufemi Faniyi a creative problem solver, who consistently demonstrates efficiency and quality in all his work, was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1971. He is a Veterinary Surgeon who graduated in 1997 from University of Sokoto Nigeria.
He has over 20 years experience in the agricultural industry, ultimately becoming the National Vice-Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (2012-2015). He currently works at Comcast in Tech Operations department.
Olufemi Faniyi has also served in various capacities in reputable non- governmental organizations, especially in youth development and empowerment schemes.
He presently serves as secretary of Assembly of Messiah’s Family Outreach, a Christian organization which ministers to the spiritual and material needs to women and children in south west Nigeria.
He is happily married with children.
Jean was born in Longview, Texas but moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at an early age. She relocated to the Houston metro area in early 2005. Jean is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she received her MBA. She is currently employed as a Senior Accountant with Hoover Materials Group. Jean is the proud parent of a 20 yr. old son. Jean has always had a passion for children. Being a part of Keturah's Haven allows her to continue to develop that passion.
Serving God and others is one of the most important principles of the Christian faith, as a believer, Natalie has sought to serve God's mission with a joyful spirit by specifically working to eliminate the effect of food insecurity, homelessness, unemployment, and social isolation experienced as a result of these traumas through different roles, organizations, service projects, and financial giving. Some of her professional and community experiences include teacher, high school principal, college and career counselor, PTA volunteer, and Bible study facilitator. Keturah's Haven and Ruhamah and David's vision for supporting pregnant women facing homelessness has been an incredibly positive spiritual and community experience the past year. When Natalie is not volunteering for Keturah's Haven, she works as a management and leadership coach for InspirED Solutions and MCAN Enterprises providing professional learning experiences for individuals and teams seeking to increase their employee engagement, customer and constituent diversity in pursuit of organizational goals. Natalie has lived in Texas for 20 years and is married with two children.