Founder / Director
Rodney W. Francis founded "The Gospel Faith Messenger" Ministry in April, 1964. He has produced a wide range of Holy Spirit anointed Christian material over the years.
This material has helped thousands of people around the world to “Grow in the Word of God” and is now available in the form of Booklets, Books, Manuals, Tracts, Bible Correspondence Courses (free), and E-Mail Ministry. The books and manuals are available for sale and all proceeds go back into “The Gospel Faith Messenger” Ministry.
CURRICULUM VITAE Of RODNEY WALTER FRANCIS
Born 17th January, 1942, at Palmerston North, New Zealand. Brought up on a farm milking cows, raising sheep, pigs and turkeys. Dropped out of school at 15 to work on my father's farm because "there was nothing else for me to do."
At 17 years of age (1959) I was saved in an Independent Pentecostal Church (known at that time as "The Open Door Mission" in Palmerston North), after being brought up a very nominal Presbyterian. After a short time I backslid for a period of 4-6 months (the most miserable time of my life!). Then, at 18 years of age (1960), God spoke to me (when still backslidden) and called me to serve Him. It happened the same day that the preacher I was saved under (Mr. Albert Hagua) died. I clearly heard these words impressed into my spirit: "Somebody has to take his place." In a moment of time I knew that "somebody" was me! The power of that word turned me back to God. I got baptized in water by full immersion, and then sought the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The fear of man, plus other inferiorities and insecurities, hindered me from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the presence of other Christians. A month or two later I was sovereignly filled with the Holy Spirit at 5:30 a.m. one morning while rounding up the cows for milking. I began speaking with other tongues as fluently and clearly as though I had been speaking them all my life. That morning God spoke to me the second time and told me He "was raising me up to be a minister of the Gospel, and that His sign to me was that He would open doors for me to preach right away." That is what happened, and I have been preaching ever since.
I remained loyal to the little Pentecostal Church I was saved in, and eventually became its Pastor from 1974-1991, spending a total of 31 years there. It was during my time of being Senior Pastor that I was able to bring the church into an "Association," then a full "Affiliation" to the "Elim Churches of New Zealand, Inc." (We were in Association from 1979 to 1985, and became Affiliated in 1986). Unfortunately (a few years after Jean and I had moved to Hamilton, NZ) the church lost its way and was closed down at the end of 2005.
In 1987 I was elected on to the National Executive Board of the Elim Churches of New Zealand, Inc., a position I held until October, 1997. I voluntarily resigned so as to give more time to minister to the Body of Christ world-wide.
Jean and I have been involved in helping "The Pentecostal Church of Fiji" (PCF) since the end of 1966, being looked upon by many there as "spiritual parents" of the work (after the death of the founders, David and Elsie Sugar). Numbers from New Zealand and overseas have been able to minister in the Fiji Islands on short-term Missions trips as a result of my involvement there. I have had approximately 30 ministry trips to the Fiji islands.
On 25th-27th November 2004, I was the Special Guest Speaker at the first Annual PCF Conference held in Lautoka. The Celebration Service on Sunday 28th saw approximately 1,200 present in the meeting.
In April, 1964, I founded "The Gospel Faith Messenger" Ministry, which is mainly a literature ministry providing salvation, healing and follow-up materials to help people find Christ and get established in the Christian faith. "The GFM" has three Bible Correspondence Courses in circulation (available in both the "Authorized King James Version" (KJV) and the "New International Version" (NIV) of the Bible):
St. John's Gospel - 19 Lessons;
The Book Of Ephesians - 7 Lessons,
Divine Healing - 12 Lessons.
These require answers to be filled-in from the Bible, the Lessons to be sent in to a GFM Office, which are then marked and returned with a personal letter of reply. Thousands have gone through these Courses over the years, and currently several thousand students are on our files. Certificates of Completion are given on completion of each Course.
We have a range of 15 different Salvation/Healing/challenging Christians type of Gospel Tracts. I have authored more than 35 different booklets, books and teaching manuals.
"The GFM" Ministry presently has seven Offices in operation ~ Paraparaumu, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Waitara (all New Zealand), Soroti (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya) and Port Vila (Vanuatu), giving Christians voluntary involvement in ministering to people world-wide through anointed Gospel literature and letter writing. This Ministry has gone into over 100 nations and still continues today, reaching out to the multitudes in many parts of the world.
From 1974-1979 I was the Managing Editor of "The Evidence" magazine, the official publication of "World Outreach" Missionary organization, founded by Dr. Len J. Jones (the present Director is John Elliot, Singapore, and the magazine is now called "nations"). Len was a New Zealander with a big vision.
In March, 1992, my wife and I moved from Palmerston North to Hamilton, N.Z. to become an Associate Pastor in the "Hamilton City Elim Church." This move enabled me to be free from the Senior Pastoring role and released me to minister to the wider Body of Christ, both within New Zealand as well as overseas. My overseas ministry trips have taken me (to date) to the following countries: Fiji Islands (many times), Vanuatu (several times), Solomon Islands (twice), Papua New Guinea (three times), Hawaii (twice), USA (several times), Hong Kong, Canada (twice), Barbados (twice), England (ten times), Wales (ten times), Scotland, Guernsey (Channel Islands), Isle Of Man, Switzerland (several times), Italy (six times), Germany (three times), Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia (several times), Nepal, India, Philippines (five times), Tonga (twice), Tanzania, Kenya (five times), Nigeria, Dubai, Sharjah and Australia.
On 31st December, 1999, Jean and I officially resigned from both the Hamilton City Elim Church and the Elim Churches of New Zealand, to go full-time with "The GFM" Ministry (with no financial support guaranteed). This was a faith step and one that has proven to be the right decision. The GFM Ministry instantly stepped into a new season in God. We are believing God for even greater days ahead for this multi-faceted Ministry.
Part of "The Gospel Faith Messenger" Ministry are our 6-7 days "Prophetic Equipping Schools" (PES), formerly called "International Training Schools." A number from overseas nations have attended so far and have been greatly blessed by their experiences. Some have returned to their churches and seen the Holy Spirit break forth in their midst; all because of things they learnt at "PES" and their time in New Zealand. The NZ Schools are run at "En Hakkore," Waipiata, Central Otago, and at various other venues. We also run these "PES's" in other countries as we are able. To date we have held them in Manila, Philippines; Lautoka, Fiji Islands (twice); Nuku'alofa, Tonga; Kuching, East Malaysia (twice); Nairobi, Kenya (five times), Tanzania (twice), Uganda and Abak, AIS, Nigeria.
My ministry strengths are in the area of encouragement, imparting Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Prophetic Ministry, inspiring others to know who they are in Jesus Christ, and to fulfil their destiny through knowing who they are in God, and Who God is in them. "Equipping for Leadership into the Nations through the Power of the Holy Spirit" is our Ministry motto and is very much a part of my message today, challenging Christians to become competent and confident in their ability to lead others from where they are at, e.g. to either saving faith in Christ, or to help mature them, and so reproduce themselves in others to the glory of God.
I have developed a "School Of The Holy Spirit" which can run for as many Sessions as is required. These are very effective in releasing people into the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in a practical way. A 14-Session one was run in Swansea, Wales, in 1997, and a 10-Session one was run here in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1998. In 2000 one was held in Northampton, England (9 Sessions), Braintree, England (10 Sessions), and St. Mellons, Cardiff, Wales (9 Sessions). Shorter versions have been run in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Tanzania and Kenya. My "School Of The Holy Spirit" manual (which developed out of the School in Swansea) is being increasingly used in small groups within Christian circles. The developing of Prophetic Teams is something very much on our hearts.
I have also conducted Seminars on:
- Learning How To Prophesy (people prophesy for the first time in these).
- The Word Of Knowledge (people have words of knowledge for first time in these).
- Releasing The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit
- Guarding The Prophetic Word Over Your Life. (what you do with it, etc.).
- Hearing And Knowing The Voice Of God
- Counselling And Deliverance
- Ministry Preparation
- Knowing Who We Are In God ~ And Who He Is In Us
- Birthing A Vision
- Capturing Your Vision!
- The Occult And Satanic Covens In New Zealand
- Equipping For Leadership
- The Power of God's Love.
- The Ministry Of Impartation.
- Divine Healing - A Key To The Growth Of The Christian Church.
I married Jean Hunt (born 16th December, 1940) on 22nd September, 1962. She was a daughter of the previous Pastor (Clarence Hunt) in the church in Palmerston North. We have served the Lord together all our married life and have one son, Mark (44 years old) who lives and works in Paraparaumu, NZ, with his wife, Tania, and daughter, Annahlise and son Brayden. (Mark runs his own computer business called Paradigm PC's). They are currently on an exciting journey with God!
I left farming on my wedding day and joined the New Zealand Post Office as a postman, where I worked from 1962 to 1974 until stepping into full-time ministry. Jean is totally supportive of me in the ministry and releases me to fulfil the call of God.
We continue to actively enjoy the ministry, training leaders and seeing many lives enriched by the Word of God. We have several "Timothy's" in full-time ministry today. I really enjoy running "Timothy" classes (also called an "Equipping Station") with potential leaders, based upon relationship, being open and honest, character building, "nitty-gritty" discussion times, discovering, developing and releasing the will of God in our lives. Comments we have had from these are that they are the most beneficial times of any church meetings people have ever been in!!
It has been my privilege to minister in many different churches, a number of Bible Schools, Colleges and Institutes in different parts of the world, the most notable being "Christ For The Nations" (Dallas, Texas, USA) (the largest Pentecostal Bible College in USA) where I have ministered on two occasions (1995 and 1998) (four days each time). I also get invited to speak in National Ministers' Conferences internationally, as well as Leadership Training Sessions.
From 1992 to 1999, we were based in the "Hamilton City Elim Church" as an Associate Pastor, being released for six months of the year in ministry to the world-wide Body of Christ. From May, 1998, until September, 1999, I was Acting Senior Pastor of the church until such time as a new appointment of a Senior Pastor was made.
Rodney ministers through the mail and E-mail to numbers of leaders in many nations, giving them encouragement through personal letters, tracts, Bible Studies, audio cassette messages and books. Many of them tell me I am the only person encouraging and helping them in their ministries.
In the year 2000 Rodney launched "The GFM" Prayer Support Letter, encouraging people to pray for this Ministry. It is sent out to more than 100 nations (mainly via E-Mail) ~ this Ministry feels the power of that prayer support.
In the year 2001 Rodney launched the "Barnabas Bulletin," a monthly encouragement letter for Christian workers and Christians generally. From nothing it has risen to touch thousands in more than 100 nations of the earth (mainly via E-Mail)!
In the year 2003 Rodney launched a new E-Mail faith/teaching ministry called "Faith Messages." To date the responses to these have been very encouraging.
In November 2007, Jean and I moved to Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. From here we continue to minister to thousands of people world-wide, as well as to hungry hearts in this region who are eager to know more of the power of the Prophetic Ministry and the operation of Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ).
From this CV you will see that we are a ministry couple whose hearts and vision extends to the "uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8 ).