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. David's favorite scripture is 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
Love 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 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 will 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.”
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.