Our Team

IWC Team

Rick Washington, a native of St Louis, Missouri, was born again and fully surrendered his life to Christ in 1977.  Since then, he has served in various capacities in the Body of Christ and has been in full-time ministry for more than 10 years.

Helen Washington, also born in St Louis, was born again and fully surrendered her life to Christ in 1978.  She has also served in various capacities in the Body of Christ since she gave her life to the Lord and has ministered alongside of and supported her husband as he has served in full-time ministry.

Both Rick and Helen are powerful and anointed teachers of the Word of God who have a passion for people to know the truth of and be set free by the Word of God, while not settling for anything less than all that has been given to them by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"Our goal is to make sure that every person who is touched by this ministry is given the opportunity to know Who Christ is, to know who they are in Christ, and to grow up as mature believers in their relationship with the Lord."

Board of Directors

Rick Washington
Founder, International Word Center
Residence: St. Louis, MO

Helen Washington
Vice President
Co-Founder, International Word Center
Residence: St. Louis, MO

Michael Harvey

Christian Rap Artist/Minister
Founder, Warria Records
Residence: Ballwin, MO

MYNISTA was radically saved and delivered from his old life of sin and running the streets in 1999.

Shortly afterward, he recognized the call of God on his life, and since then, he has been using his talents to glorify Jesus.  His life and music are all Christ-centered, and he is more than “just a rapper”.

MYNISTA is a mighty vessel that God is using to save the soul the enemy planned to destroy as well as uplift and edify those who are already in the family of God.

With an extraordinary testimony and giving God all of the glory, he is working hard to bring the hope only found in Jesus to a hopeless and dying world.

You can learn more about Mynista Music here.

Stephanie Harvey

Co-Founder, Warria Records
Stephanie HarveyResidence: Ballwin, MO

Steph is an anointed teacher who is carrying the Word of God and the Spirit of Faith to this generation. She is excited to help people realize who they truly are in Christ.

She loves teaming up with the Holy Spirit and watching as He brings powerful revelation through the Word, freeing people up to be all that God has created them to be.

Steph married her best friend, Gospel rap artist Mynista, in 2004. They have a blended family with five amazing kids, three of which she had the privilege of meeting when she met her husband.  In addition, Mynista and Steph have two younger kids together.

You can learn more about Stephanie here.

Michael HirschPastor Michael Hirsch 

Executive Director, Loveworks Leadership, Inc.
Residence: Norman, OK

Michael Hirsch carries a passion for leadership and helping people to discover their potential.  He has launched numerous community enrichment programs and development initiatives in Tulsa, OK; Los Angeles, CA; St. Louis, MO and currently in Norman, OK.

Michael currently serves as the Executive Director of Loveworks Leadership, Inc. establishing a progressive leadership program focused on developing at-risk middle school students.  The after school program is a community partnership initiative and has been recognized by the Norman Public School District for its effectiveness.

You can learn more about Michael here.

Selah HirschSelah Hirsch

Founder, Pipelime, Inc.
Residence: Norman, OK

Selah Hirsch is a passionate woman with a heart to see people understand their God-given calling in life.  For the past decade, Selah has worked with many prominent organizations in the field of communications, community relations, and strategic donor development.

Her company, Pipelime, Inc., is focused on strengthening the messaging and support for incredible causes. She believes that when a fresh perspective is applied to fundamental processes and practical techniques, people will rally around a mission and move to become contributors instead of consumers or observers.  Some of the clients and organizations she has worked with include Joyce Meyer Ministries, Dr. John Maxwell, the Los Angeles Dream Center, and Mercy Ministries.

You can learn more about Selah here.

Elder Stephen and Candy LaFlora

Ministers, Psalmists, Pastors, Writer
Residence: Chicago, IL     

Stephen_pictureElder Stephen & Candy LaFlora have ministered together in worship music and in the Word of God worldwide for more than 26 years. They have been married for 27 years and have two amazing daughters and a wonderful new son-in-law.

Their beautiful and powerful music ushers in the presence of God in a remarkable way— changing lives, healing hearts, and restoring peace. Stephen & Candy also regularly minister the Word of God at churches and conferences for men, ladies, young adults, singles, and married couples. Their passion is to see the Body of Christ living in all that Jesus has provided for us. 

Pastor Stephen LaFlora is a graduate of Northwestern University and has also received his master’s degree from Spertus Institute. Both Pastors Stephen and Candy are graduates of Rhema Bible Training Center. The LaFloras have served in worship ministry with Christian leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Hagin, and Keith Moore.

Candy LafloraThey have ministered on Trinity Broadcasting Network and have traveled across the world to India, Ireland, England, Australia, and South Africa, reaching millions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Word of God and music. Stephen and Candy have numerous recordings, teachings, and videos.

Candy has just released her latest book “Love Assignments” and new music CD and DVD “HOPE”, recorded live at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, TX. Together they pastor Maranatha Church in Chicago, IL.

You can learn more about Stephen and Candy here.

The International Word Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible.  

If contributing from outside the United States, your contribution may not be tax-deductible.