Meet Our Pastor

Pastor croppedPastor Stephen Rathod, born and raised in the nation of India, graduated high school at the age of sixteen in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India. He entered Gujarat University in 1966 and graduated in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. In June 1974, he received his Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university. Afterward, he came to the United States to further his education. In May 1977, he received a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    

In September 1974, he answered the call of God to serve Him in full-time ministry.  He entered Rhema Bible Training Center in the fall of 1977 and received a Diploma for Ministerial Training on May 19, 1978.    In August 1980, he was ordained as a pastor by the founder of Redeemed Christian Church of God the late Rev. Josiah Akiundayomi in Lagos, Nigeria. In January 1982, Pastor Rathod was ordained through Faith Christian Fellowship International Church, Inc., under Dr. and Mrs. Doyle “Buddy” Harrison.  In June 1990, he received a Master of Theological Studies from the Logos Bible College and Graduate School.  Then, from this same school, he received a Doctor of Ministry in February 1992 and Doctor of Philosophy (Missiology) in August 1996.

Since 1979, Pastor Rathod has done extensive missionary work in Africa  (Nigeria and Botswana), Burma, India, Philippines, England and coast to coast in the United States. In India, he and his brother established C.R.Y. (Christ Reconciling You to God) Ministries in Gujarat State.  He also locally ministers in the Tulsa County jail and street ministry.

Pastor Rathod has been an active member of Covenant Family Church since 1980.  He became a Senior Pastor in September 1994. Stephen and his wife, Lee, resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.