We Had to Ask: Bruce Howell

Posted by: in Interviews, We Had to Ask on April 12th

IO: Where were you born and raised?

Bruce Howell: Herrin, Illinois

IO: Did you go to Bible College?

Bruce Howell: Gateway College of Evangelism

IO: Tell us about your family?

Bruce Howell: My wife, Diane, is from Jackson, Mississippi; and we met at Bible college. My son, Jared, and his wife, Loida, serve as the Youth President of the Louisiana District and work in Christian Life Center in Monroe, Louisiana. They have two daughters, Zoe (8) and Bella (2). My daughter, Leah Arrowood, and her husband, Andrew, pastor the Pentecostal Lighthouse in Van Nuys, California. They have a son, Zion (3), and Lucia (1). My daughter, Amy, is my executive assistant here in St. Louis and is working on her Master’s degree.

IO: What is your favorite food?

Bruce Howell: Pupusas (that is a Salvadorian food).

IO: If you could have dinner with one person that is alive today and that you have never met, who would it be?

Bruce Howell: The most recent convert in China.

IO: Who is your historical hero?

Bruce Howell: Abraham Lincoln.

IO: Do you have a hobby?

Bruce Howell: Gardening.

Inside Out: What is your favorite book?

Bruce Howell: The Bible.

IO: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Bruce Howell: El Salvador

IO: If someone wrote a biography of your life, what would be the title?

Bruce Howell: The Joy of Being Missionary.

IO: Has there ever been a time when you felt like you didn’t know God’s will?

Bruce Howell: How many times do you want me to tell you about? I just took one step at a time.

IO: Today’s youth are dealing with issues that no other generation has had to face; what do they need to survive?

Bruce Howell: They need the power of the Holy Ghost and a made-up mind.

IO: When did you first know you were called to become a missionary?

Bruce Howell: After my first trip to the mission field in 1977.

IO: Is it what you imagined?

Bruce Howell: My life as a missionary is the greatest experience on the face of the earth. While I am honored to be the general director of Foreign Missions and able to travel around the world, it can never compare to being in an adobe church in the middle of the country in El Salvador and seeing a brand new person repent and receive the Holy Ghost. It’s more than I ever imagined.

4 Replies to “We Had to Ask: Bruce Howell”

  1. Maria Vilma Dubon says:

    Que alegría saber de estos hnos Howell los conoci alla por los 80 en Iglesia San Miguilito en San Salvador donde yo nací de nuevo bautizándome el el poderoso nombre de Jesús… Siempre los admiré mucho y los recordaré siempre que Dios me los bendiga por siempre,,….

  2. I put together a bible students newsletter and would love to be able to use this interview as part of it, as Bro Howell will be speaking at our breakfast event later this year. Would this be okay to do? I don't want to breach copyright etc. Happy to give credit to Inside Out.



    1. gydivision says:

      Absolutely! God bless you and your newsletter

  3. Griselda Arce says:

    Les envío un caluroso saludo en el nombre precioso de jesucristo.

    Estoy escribiendo desde El Salvador, y me da tanta alegría haber encontrado este sitio y sobre todo porque pude leerlo aunque con conficultad con un traductor.

    Me da tanta alegría saber del hermano Bruce y su famiilia. Admiro mucho a la familia Howell porque sirven con tanta pasión en la obra del Señor. Yo soy meimbro de la iglesia pentecostal unida internacional en El Salvador, ubicada en Aldea de la Cruz, El Congo, (de seguro el hno. Bruce y hna. Diana se acuerdan de nosotros) y conocí al hno. Bruce y a su familia allá en los años 80´ tengo muy buenos recuerdos de ellos, de cómo trabajaron en obra del Señor aquí en El Salvador.

    Me da mucha alegría que el hno. Bruce nos recuerde con tanta nostalgia y amor fraternal en esta entrevista. Siempre admiré su sencillez y humildad, que bueno sigue siendo el mismo Hno. Bruce.

    Quiero decir (sin ninguna vanagloria) que en mis oraciones generales por la obra pentecostal siempre oro por la familia Howell para que el Señor los bendiga y propere siempre su miniserio donde quiera que estén predicando.

    Ojalá los inviten a predicar para la convensión nacional la próxima semana santa. La última vez que estuvieron en una convensión fue tan especial… recuerdo que todos oíamos la prédica de pie y la presencia del espírtu santo se derramó tan maravillosamente…

    Me gusta este sitio web, y espero que sigan trabajando y anunciando las buenas nuevas de salvación tal cómo jesucristo mandó que se hiciese.

    Muchas gracias, Dios les bendiga.

    Patricia Aguilar

    (Translated to English)
    “I am writing from El Salvador, and I’m so happy I found this site especially because I read it though with a translator. I am so happy to know Bro. Howell and his family. I really admire the Howell family because they serve with such passion in the work of the Lord. I am member of the UPCI church in El Salvador, located in Cross Village, Congo (I am sure Brother Howell remember us). I met Bro. Howell and his family back in the 80’s. I have good memories of them, and how they worked here in El Salvador doing the Lords work. I am very pleased that Bro. Bruce remembers us so reflectively and brotherly love in this interview. I always admired his simplicity and humility.

    I remember the preaching of the “Foot” and the presence of the holy Spirit poured so wonderfully … I like this website, and hope to continue working and preaching the good news of salvation as Jesus Christ commanded to do. Thank you very much, God bless you. Patricia Aguilar”

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