Jim Rickard is the Founding Apostle of RAIN, as well as Founding Pastor and Apostle of Vertical Life Church (formerly Church of the Resurrection), a growing Apostolic Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota which has been touched powerfully by revival since early 1995. He and his wife Ramona are the founders of the International Association of Healing Ministries, a global movement with a mandate to raise the level of healing and creative miracles around the world, and to equip every believer to do the works of Jesus. Apostle Jim convenes the Apostles of the City, a group of apostolic Christian leaders in the nuclear church and in business in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Since 1995 he has hosted apostolic and prophetic conferences and healing conferences in the Twin Cities, leading a group of over 35 pastors and Christian leaders from the 5 state area who serve as a Regional Support Team. His heart is to see unity in the Body of Christ with the purpose of bringing revival to the Church, and a great spiritual awakening to the people, leading to a great harvest of souls for our cities, state, nation, and for the world!
Jim’s apostolic heritage is four generations deep, starting with Glenn "Dad" Ewing in 1946. Ewing was a Presbyterian pastor who longed to see the church restored to the power of the early church in the book of Acts. As Glenn committed himself to seasons of prayer to that end, the Lord sovereignly baptized him in the Holy Spirit and gave him a deep revelation about the restoration of the apostolic and prophetic offices to the church. His son, Brother Robert Ewing, a second generation apostle, gave input and laid apostolic foundations for the New Testament Church at Way of the Cross Church in Blaine, Minnesota in the 1970’s and 1980’s where Rev.?Don Pfotenhauer served as the Founding and Senior Pastor, and Jim Rickard served as an Elder and on the Pastoral staff, as well as being sent out in a trans-local evangelistic, teaching, and healing ministry. Before the establishment of RAIN, Jim served with Don Pfotenhauer on his Apostolic Team from 1985 - 1995 (United Network of Christian Ministries and Churches - UNCMC) which gave oversight to more than 40 ministries and churches.
In response to prophetic words of revival coming through Jim to the Minnesota metroplex in January of 1995, Jim asked for and received release from UNCMC. Compelled by the Holy Spirit, and with a sense of urgency to build unity among the greater Body of Christ in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, he took up the mandate. Within weeks full-blown revival broke out at Resurrection, touching hundreds of churches. Jim has served faithfully in trans-local and apostolic ministry since 1975.
Jim was a charter member of C. Peter Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles.