Rick Haworth came to faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 22, on December 27th 1987 while visiting family in upstate NY. That night of conversion and Holy Spirit baptism was the beginning of a faith journey for this young man who had recently graduated from broadcasting in Phoenix Arizona.
Rick moved to Syracuse NY in May of 1988 to start his career in Christian Broadcasting, working for Love 105, the Mars Hill Network and the Crawford Broadcasting station –WDCW. Over the course of 8 years of intense study and radio ministry Rick learned a great deal from excellent bible scholars such as Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, Chuck Smith, and David Jeremiah giving him a passion for studying the word of God which prepared him for discipleship. “The Navigators ministry through their devotionals Closer Walk and Daily Walk have been one of the anchor points in my life. I thank the Lord for putting these daily devotionals into my life as it has given me a solid biblical foundation and a hunger and thirst for God’s Word that I am eternally grateful for.” In 1994 discipleship of Christian men became a focus and calling for Rick as he witnessed a real lack of biblical discipleship within the body of Christ.
It was through one on one bible study and small group fellowship that God developed Rick’s heart into a shepherd for the Lord. In 1996 God gave Rick a supernatural dream about his father that prompted a move back to his home state of Wyoming to lead his father to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Rick discovered the words of Christ in Matthew 4:4 (“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [rhema] that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”) reveal the truth about living victoriously on earth as a follower of Jesus Christ. He began to pray to the Lord for direction and guidance about how best to make disciples of all the nations.
The Holy Spirit gave Rick a rhema word in 2002 about creating Rhema Radio to broadcast on the internet 24 hours a day and teach the body of Christ the words of God through voice and song. Rhema Radio was developed over several years before it went live to the world March 31st 2013 on Resurrection Sunday and continues to transform as the Holy Spirit leads. After 25 years of broadcasting Rick Haworth launched Rhema Radio to reach the four corners of the world and make disciples of all the nations.
Rhema Radio brings God’s light to a dark world through Spirit led biblical teaching and Spirit led praise music over the internet. “I have found that Christian radio stations have fallen in to the same trap as secular stations, focusing on a hit based format to generate revenue.” Rhema Radio does not seek financial support from listeners for ministry related expenses and does not charge a fee to teaching ministries for air-time.
Rhema Radio plays Spirit led music that glorifies God and encourages and builds up the body of Christ based on Ephesians 5:18-21: And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Rhema Radio’s purpose is to help guide the remnant through this last day apostasy by remaining faithful and true to the Word of God.
Our desire at Rhema Radio is to give you music that God has inspired to an artist and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence through the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs you hear.