Rev. W. R. Rains

Rev. W. R. Rains was born July 17, 1949, in Lamesa, Texas, to the late R. T. Rains and Rosa Nell (Lane) Rains.  Pastor Rains was raised in Monahans, Texas, where he completed his elementary and high school education.  From 1967-69, he attended Odessa Junior College, Odessa, Texas.  He attained a B. S. in Business Administration from California Coast University, Santa Ana, California, in 1996.  Pastor Rains enrolled in the Lay Ministry program of Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, in partnership with the Oklahoma District of the LCMS in January 1995, and received his certification in July 1999.


Prior to his calling into the ministry, Pastor Rains worked in the 1960’s in the theater business for the late Wayne Long and Amalie Long, of Monahans, Texas.  It was during those years that he was introduced to the Lutheran faith.  He continued working in the theater and later the banking business in El Paso, Texas.  He resumed working for the Longs in 1971, and was baptized and confirmed in 1972 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monahans, Texas.  From 1972-94, Pastor Rains worked in the oil and gas industry throughout the U. S., Canada, Central America, South America, and the Middle East.  From 1994-97, he worked as a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood, and from 1997-99, he worked as a sales representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance.  On October 3, 1999, Pastor Rains was commissioned and installed as the lay minister at Faith Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City to serve in Word and Sacrament ministry as he continued his studies toward ordination.


Working through Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri, Pastor Rains completed his studies toward ordination through DELTO (Distance Education Leading to Ordination) and received his certification from the seminary on January 14, 2005 and was ordained and installed as the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City on January 23, 2005.  In addition to serving the people of Faith, Pastor Rains also served as visiting pastor for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Midwest City, Oklahoma from April 2004 to April 2005 and from May 2008 to October 2008.  He also served as vacancy pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Bethany, Oklahoma from April 2005 to November 2006, and as the vacancy pastor of Zion from June 2007 to October 2008 before accepting the call to serve as Zion’s called pastor.


Pastor is also active in circuit and district activities of the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  He currently serves as the Oklahoma District Secretary (since May 2009).


On December 23, 1977, Pastor Rains married Rita Ann Hovend at Grace Lutheran Church in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Mrs. Rains was born August 1, 1949, and is a 1971 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.  She worked for over 35 years for the Social Security Administration.  Rita began her career for the agency as a service representative and was working as a claims representative when she retired in January 2009.