Craig and Phyllis Haworth – Senior Pastor and Executive Director
Craig and Phyllis Haworth are the senior pastors of Shiloh, in Kalona, Iowa, as well as the Living Word Community Church in North Liberty, Iowa. They also serve as part of The Living Word Fellowship leadership team.
In his late teens, Craig experienced and accepted the Lord as a result of reading a printed sermon by John Robert Stevens. As he heard the gospel Craig felt the Lord’s presence so strongly that he immediately accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and began attending a Living Word Fellowship church near his home in the San Francisco area. Even as a young Christian, Craig felt a burden to help the ministries at his church by leading prayer and worship.
Craig’s enthusiasm and hunger for the Lord deepened his spiritual experiences, and his knowledge of the Word of God grew as he determined to teach and share it with others. This love for God’s Word, coupled with his energy and excitement toward it, has become a hallmark of his ministry. In 1988 Craig relocated to Iowa, making the Shiloh church his home. Craig was ordained in 2004 and was hired as a full time pastor to Shiloh in 2006.
Phyllis was raised in the Catholic Church and doesn’t remember a time when she did not know the Lord. When she was twenty-two, during an intense time of seeking the Lord for personal direction she heard a recorded sermon by John Robert Stevens and felt the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in her life. As a result of this experience she felt a burden to serve Stevens’ ministry of the Word. She began attending services at the Church of The Living Word in North Hills, California, where her deep hunger for the Lord found a home in her service as an assistant to John’s secretary, Marilyn Hargrave, editing Stevens’ taped sermons for publication. This timeframe became a benchmark for Phyllis’ life, and her relationship to Marilyn has continued for over thirty years as they serve the ministries of God’s word in The Living Word Fellowship.
Craig and Phyllis have both lived lives of devotion to the service of God in His people. Since their marriage in 1993, their service has flourished under the mentoring relationship of Gary and Marilyn Hargrave, senior pastors of The Living Word Fellowship. This mentoring relationship is based on a deep personal commitment to one another as seen in the biblical example of Paul and Timothy. In recent years, Craig and Phyllis’ ministry has increasingly emphasized the maturing of young believers into their own calling in the Lord. Through their ministry, with the help of Gary and Marilyn Hargrave, and with the abiding presence of the Lord, several young pastors have been raised up and are now ministering in Living Word Fellowship churches across the United States.
Chuck and Jody Rogness
Chuck and Jody Rogness serve as associate pastors at Shiloh and are actively involved in the surrounding community. They attend many interdenominational events in the area, are members of the Richmond Shooters pyrotechnic team that does the fireworks show at Shiloh’s Independence Day celebration, announce for local high school football games, and are enthusiastic University of Iowa Hawkeye football fans.
Chuck became involved with The Living Word Fellowship in 1972 after two years of intense searching and looking to the Lord. He has served as an elder in the Shiloh church since the mid 1970s and was ordained in 2004. He attends the Council of Mid‑Prairie Churches pastors’ meetings and participates in their prayer group. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Iowa, and in addition to his service at Shiloh, he manages a sales territory for an industrial safety product supplier.
Jody’s contact with the fellowship began in 1972 when, through John Robert Stevens’ literature, she found the fathering ministry she had been searching for. As a member of the health ministry, head of the first aid department at Shiloh, and facilitator of staff first aid certifications, she is driven to see to the health and safety of those around her. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and works as a staff nurse in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.