Manuel Washington III, was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1964. His family moved to Houston, Texas & accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of 22. Although he went through personal failings & trials like drug addiction in the early years of adulthood, God has a calling on his life which would not let him go! Manuel sought God for freedom from the addiction while sitting under the ministry of Pastor John Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The father answered him by using this time to teach him how to walk out his deliverance by faith.


In 2001, God directed his family to serve under leadership of Pastor Kenny Rodgers of Anointed Faith Family Church in Tomball, Texas. Pastor Manuel was licensed and ordained in 2005. There he worked in every area of ministry as a Youth, Young Adult & Adult Ministry Leader. In 2009, God elevated him to the position of Associate Pastor. In January of 2010, God began to birth in Pastor the vision to plant Rhema Word of Life Church. The word “RHEMA” is a greek word that means the SPOKEN word of God.

Pastor Manuel is the proud husband of First Lady Cassandra Washington of 25 years and devoted father to his precious son; Christian.
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Our Youth Leaders

Allen and Cicily Akins are a fun couple with quite a few things in common, both are from Beaumont, Texas, our birthdays in June, graduates of Lamar University and most importantly proud parents of 3 beautiful children(Cameron, Allen III, and Savana). They also share a passion for transforming and restoring the lives of youth through the Rhema Word of God! For more information about our youth ministry, please email us at!