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Fellowship International Chaplains Alliance (FICA) is an organization that was formed for the purpose of training and equipping God’s servants to serve our fellowmen worldwide, as a ministry of presence. As Jesus insinuated
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25: 35-40.
We are a subsidiary of the FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL BIBLE INSTITUTE AND SEMINARY INC.(FIBIS) www.myfibis.org a fully accredited “Cutting Edge” Post Secondary Christian Training Institution, proficient in the art of
“FORTIFYING WILLING MINDS FOR GOD’S SERVICE.”
FIBIS is also recognized by the Government of the United States of America as a Non-Profit Charitable, Religious and Educational Organization under Section 501(c) 3 of the INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, and is incorporated under the Non-Profit Codes and Laws of the State of California.
This Ministry is more of a labor borne out of love for Jesus Christ and our fellowmen, and a deep abiding burden to bring the light of God’s love to the morose condition of humanity today; and as we go forth on this monumental mission, we do earnestly solicit your prayers, participation and support.
About our Founder.
Rudolph Ulysses Southwell, the third of six children born to Effie and Oscar Southwell (both deceased), entered this world on May-10th-1949 on the Island of Curaçao, in the Netherlands Antilles. At the age of five, he was taken to Antigua where he grew up.
From a very tender age, Rudolph demonstrated a propensity for intellectual development, and consequently was awarded, at the age of twelve, a national academic scholarship by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, at the conclusion of an Island-wide examination which included thousands of prospective students, ages eleven and twelve, vying for the opportunity to enter the New Secondary School built by the Gov’t. to provide a free secondary education to under-priviledged children, whose parents could not otherwise afford it. He is remembered on that Island for being a member of that elite group of 153 children known as the Golden Grove Secondary School (GGSS”61″) Premier Class, “The Golden Grovers.”
Rudy as he is affectionately called, also has an avid passion for music. He started learning to play the guitar at age thirteen, and by fifteen co-owned a band. He migrated to St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands in 1967, where he played for the then largest orchestra on those islands–Tarkoe and the Playboys.
Many of his friends came to America (mainly New York) for diverse reasons. So did Rudy. He landed in New York on February-18th-1970, eager to explore all the possibilities-good and bad; but on the third Sunday of June 1970,(four months later) that same year, something Good happened to him. He was met by Jesus! He immediately became active in the Church, and enrolled in Bible school in the fall of 1971. Rudy also thought himself to play the organ and saxophone. Over the years though, he has been plagued by a series of hereditary mini strokes which have compromised his ability to continue the pursuit of his musical career.
Dr. Southwell’s love for the Lord and His word has led him to study at the feet of great Theologians such as Drs. Edward H. Boyce, and Theophelus Sobers of Manhattan Bible Institute NYC., (1971-1975),Dr. Irene Powell, and others at United Christian College, Brooklyn NY (1977-1983); and the Lighthouse Christian College and Seminary, Beebe, Ark. (2006-2007). During this period Dr. Southwell acquired his Doctorate Degree in Theology, and a Masters Degree in Religious Education.
Dr. Southwell’s Philosophy: “He who stops pursuing education systematically defaults on his ability to effectively impart education.” This penchant for learning has led Rev. Southwell to do a research and write a dissertation on “The Ministry of the Chaplaincy,” which earned him another Doctorate Degree, the Doctor in Ministry (D. Min.) Degree. Some of this work is evidenced in the manuals on his website on the Chaplaincy Ministry http://www.myfica.org which he has single handedly established in February, 2011.
In 1978 he Co-founded the Bronx Deliverance Bible Institute, Bronx. N.Y., and He was ordained into the Christian Ministry by Rev. Dr. Isaiah J. Jones and the Clergy of the Bronx Pentecostal Deliverance Center Inc., New York on Sunday, June 17th 1979. He has led many precious souls to the Lord in America and across the Caribbean during his ministry.
Dr. Southwell married to his childhood sweetheart Octavia in September 1970, after a six year courtship.Their union has been blessed with eight children and twenty three (and counting) grand children.
Rudy and siblings 1962
(l. to r.) Alston, Vermalie, Dialin,
Rudy and baby Maurice (Deceased)