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 the Facilities Administrator at Parkway Fellowship. He previously worked as a machinist for 14 years, and as a drafting specialist with Westinghouse/Siemens for 19 years. 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."
Doug Parker is a CPA with the local Houston CPA firm Melton & Melton, LLP. He graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA with as double major in Accounting and Finance. Doug and his wife of 13 years, Brianne, and their four children, Korrynn, Ellie, Abbie, and Benny, have lived in the Katy, Texas area for the last three years.
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.
Oscar Moreno works in the oil and gas industry. He is married to his wife Maribel and they have three children, Jonathan, Austin, and Madison. The Moreno family has lived in Katy for the past four years, moving from South TX. The Moreno family enjoys serving together and spending quality time together.
Oscar tries to live by the motto “give more than you get”.
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.