Dr. Ronald L. Caradine, Senior Pastor


Our Pastor

Pastor Ronnie acquired a Bachelors of Science Degree from National Louis University, a Masters and Doctorate degrees in Pastoral Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  His course of studies focused on Bereavement, Pastoral, Biblical and Premarital Counseling, Systematic Theology, Doctrine of Salvation, Pastor Theology, Marriage Conflicts, Addictive Behavior, Grief, Trauma and Counseling the depressed and Doctrine of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

​Pastor Ronnie joined Rising Star Baptist Church in East Saint Louis, IL in 1984 under the leadership of his grandfather, Rev. E.L. O'Bannon, Sr.  Before the passing of his grandmother, Dorothy Mae Carson-O'Bannon, she instilled in him what it means to love God.  Pastor Ronnie's love for God grew and his love for God's people also grew and he began to have a desire to do more in the ministry.  His most recent endeavors is to reach young people.  To introduce them to Christ and to develop activities that will get them involved, keep them excited and motivated.  But most of all letting them know that God loves them.  Pastor Ronnie is married to Lady Sonya. They are the proud parents of Jeremiah and Sabrina..

about us

Our History
Rhema Worship Center had its beginnings from a small bible study group held at Pastor Ronnie's family home on June 18, 2006 with 18 people.  Pastor Ronnie was given specific instructions by God to design a ministry that would address the needs of people who were crying out to Him.
Later in 2006, Rhema Foundation the Governing Board was also formed under Pastor Ronnie.  Shortly thereafter, worship services was being held on the campus of McKendree College at the Bothel Chapel. 

Due to college activities on certain Sundays our worship services were held at the Holiday Inn-Express (Shiloh) and The Fountains (Fairview Heights).  During this time of our journey we began to "spy out the land" for our permanent location.  We began our search by thinking outside the box for properties to be renovated.  We had viewed many properties, but none fitted our vision.  But, in March 2009, the Lord led our congregation to the building for sale by the YMCA in Belleville, Illinois.  On May 24, 2009, we held our first worship service in our new location at 9100 Lebanon Road.


What we believe
We Believe:     The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

We Believe:     There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

We Believe:     Jesus died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of God, He is now our Lord and Advocate.

We Believe:    The breath of God is the Word of God as it was spoken in the beginning, so we believe the power of the Spoken Word.

We Believe:    In the Word according to Deuteronomy 8:3, "And he humbled thee and suffered thee to hunger and fed thee with manna, which thou knowest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live."

We Believe:    Tithes and offerings is a biblical principal and in Malachi 3:10 God's Word said for us to set aside the first tenth of our earnings as a gift to God.  God is our Provider and by giving into His Kingdom we are affirming His ability to supply all our needs.  Our act of giving is an act of gratitude and thankfulness for our blessings.  According to 2 Corinthians 8:9, we have to be willing, generous and cheerful givers.  Let's build the Kingdom of God by being obedient to His word and faithful in our giving.

Giving:     We believe in giving alms to the poor, sick, homeless and others in despair.

Healing:     Divine healing is the restoration of health to those who believe and act on the truths written in God's word.  Jesus Christ is our Healer and by His stripes we are already healed.

Baptism:     We, water baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Faith:     Faith is acting the Word of God