Lightning & Thunder Ministry Apostolic Center



Revelation 4:5 “And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.
Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”

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Obituary of Richard Dick Kessler
Richard Allen (Dick) Kessler, 72, of Richland died early Wednesday March 27, 2024, at his home. He was born in Fairfield November 17, 1951, to Charles L. and Betty Jean Bray Kessler. He attended Rubio and Richland grade schools and graduated from Fairfield High School. Dick worked at his fathers stores, Kessler Distributing, in Fairfield and Ottumwa. He married Rosa Lea Doolin July 20, 1985 at Lake Darling State Park. He was a lifelong farmer on the family’s 6 generation farm near Rubio and founded the Kessler Land and Cattle Company, a cow/calf operation. Dick was also an evangelist and traveled to many nations throughout Africa, India, and the Caribbean. He and Roses ministry, Lightning and Thunder, established bases in Lusaku, Zambia, Camaguey, Cuba, and Belize City, Belize.

Dick is survived by his wife of 38 years, children: Sandy Fiedler (Andrew) of Fairfield, Rick Kessler (Lora) of Richland, step-children: Robin Yoder (Brenda) of Central City, IA, Bob Yoder (Vicky) of Caseville, MI, Jodie Yoder of Haubstadt, IN, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and his brother Chuck Kessler of Eldon, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandchild, 1 great-grandchild and his sister Bobbie J. Johnson.

Funeral services will be 11:30 A.M. Monday April 1, 2024, at Lightning and Thunder Ministry Apostolic Center, 2875 Oak Meadow Drive, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Visitation will be held immediately preceding the funeral at 9:30 A.M. Pastor Bill Chilcote officiating. Burial will be in Old Methodist Cemetery, Richland. Memorials to Lightning and Thunder Ministries – Lusaka Mission, may be left at the church or mailed to the family at 32570 310th Street, Richland, IA 52585. Gould Funeral Home of Richland is in charge of arrangements.

Our God is full of Mercy and lifted Pastor Richard up in his time of pain.
As I Sat with him here in our home at his passing on into God’s Heavenly Kingdom we were in peace.
The enemy comes to rob, kill and destroy, BUT GOD, comes to give life and abundant life.. God gave Richard the greatest miracle of all, to transcend him into His eternal heavenly home.
We were praying for a miracle for recovery, but pancreatic cancer had advanced too far to turn it around.. however we did not let go of Gods Healing power.

A Message from Pastor Rose
Lightning and Thunder Ministry will continue on as Pastor Rose takes the Apostolic Center on into the vision that we started with in 2003.
The fiery preaching and the anointing that Richard carried will be missed by all who knew him.
His passion was to see souls brought in to The Kingdom of God. The Matthew 10:7&8 commission was upon him.
The ministry will go on into that calling.

The Apostolic Center will be a training and equipping Center for all denominations and peoples who want to grow in their relationship with the Trinity.
Along with Pastor Rose teaching, there will be guest speakers with different anointing’s with subjects to bring us all into a deeper relationship with the Lord and Savior.

We look forward to being a Lighthouse in not only the Ottumwa area, but to the Southeast Iowa area..
We do have a Sunday morning service at 10:00 am.


Lightning & Thunder Ministry Apostolic Center

2875 Oak Meadow Dr
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Sunday Service: 10:00am
Wednesday Worship & Prayer: 7:00pm

Lightning and Thunder Ministry Apostolic Center is an Innerdenomination ministry. It was birthed out of a hunger for Revival in 2003. Being built upon the Rock of Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18. The (Ecclesia) A public Legislative Assembly of God’s Governing Kingdom. For the purpose of powerful gatherings of people united in identity and vision to see souls saved, healed and set free beyond denominational walls!

MATTHEW 10: 7-8 And as you go, preach, saying, “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, Freely give.”

When Covid hit our country, we did not miss one service. Always finding somewhere to meet for Sunday Services. From parking lots, camp grounds and park shelters.

That is when God opened the doors to this property.

The property at 2875 Oak Meadow Dr. was waiting for a church to be built on it.. The owner we purchased this 10 acres from said his mother had a long time desire to see this property with a church on it.. a virgin land with nothing built on it before.

To find this beautiful 10 acer piece of ground within the city limits was the beginning of the many miracles we saw during this building project.

We purchased this ground in the spring of 2021.
Holding a dedication service on a beautiful Easter Sunday.

The construction began in the fall after all the permits were finished.
There were miracles every day on the way God was guiding, it was every day confirmation we were building a house for Gods Kingdom. “A million little miracles!”

The biggest miracle off all is that it was built debt free!

LTM celebrated with an Open House in July 2022 .
Hosting the Joan Hunter Ministry for a 3 day conference and healing services.
People were blessed and healed.

The vision for Lightning and Thunder Ministry Apostolic Center is to train and equip the saints for the work of the ministry that God has called them to.

Hosting guest speakers to speak into our lives better equip the peoples of God to reach the lost and hurting.

In 2022 we have been greatly blessed to have Pastor Tom McGuire with Kingdom Builders International.
Pastor Bill Chilcote and his wife Ann founders of My Fathers House in McConnellsburg, Pa.
Revivalist Keith Miller founder of Stand Firm World Ministry International, in Amarillo, Tx.

Starting a school of Evangelism to teach and train “IN THE GO OF THE GOSPIL”.
Matthew 10:7-8

Mission Spotlight

Uganda – Mission

In 2005 we traveled to Uganda to preach at a crusade. We had plans to go up to the northern part of the country…

Congo – Mission

As we led the team into the “no man’s land” between the countries of Zambia and the Republic of Congo…

Tanzania – mission

We have made two trips to this beautiful country to minister and hold crusades in the city of Arusha…

cuba – mission

Due to religious spirits and division in the body of Christ being so strong in that place, the conference was stopped…

India – Mission

India is in great need of the gospel. The poverty level is high and AIDS is on the rise…

Zambia – Mission

In 2003 God connected us with Pastor Stanley Nsofwa and his wife Towellah from Zambia right in our little church in Fairfield, Iowa…

Rwanda/Burundi – mission

In Bujumbura, Burundi Bishop Francois Sebagabo hosted the Lightning and Thunder Ministry Crusade…

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Taking the gospel of the kingdom to the nations is the heart of this ministry, as Richard preaches with dynamic enthusiasm and energy as the Holy Spirit empowers him to deliver the truth of Gods word to the lost. Seeing thousands come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. With many miracles and signs that make the multitudes wonder.

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Glory & Power Revival Meetings

Sep 07- Sep 09, 2023
Glory & Power Revival Meetings
Lightning & Thunder Ministry
2875 Oak Meadow Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa


Thursday Night 7:00 PM
Friday Night 7:00 PM
Saturday Morning School 10:00 AM
Saturday Night 7:00 PM


2875 Oak Meadow Dr
Ottumwa, IA 52501

(641) 919-0416