Rees Howells was a man uniquely taught of God who found the key to prevailing prayer, became the channel of a mighty revival in Africa, was taught the principles of divine healing, and progressed even further in faith until world events were affected by his prayers.
Rees Howells was a man of little worldly fame, yet through Norman Grubb’s best-selling biography, his life story has become known to millions. Born in a Welsh mining village, Rees Howells left school at twelve and worked in a tin mill and a coal mine. As he came to know the redeeming power of his Lord and Saviour he faced the implications of an entire surrender, learned to love the unlovely and found the key to the power of prayer. As a result he became a man of great Christian inspiration to others in both Britain and Southern Africa where he became the channel of a mighty revival.
The foundation of the Bible College of Wales at Swansea was one the greatest monument of Rees Howells’ work, and intercessory prayer became his hallmark, impacting national policy and international affairs. Rees Howells’ life was so great that the Church of Christ still feels the impact of his truths of the Spirit and the Scriptures in a unique and amazing way. His life and ministry is documented in Norman Grubb’s Rees Howells, Intercessor, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.
The Bible College of Wales was founded in 1924 by Rees Howells; his inspiration being the 900 student capacity Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He was director of the college until his death in 1950. In July 2009, the Bible College of Wales (BCW) saw its last graduation. In September 2009, the college moved to Rugby under the name Trinity School of Ministry.