Pastor Rochelle’s Legacy
Rochelle Nieman grew up in a small town in Raton, New Mexico. She is the daughter of Emil and Florence Azar who taught her to live life passionately and love abundantly. She came to El Paso at the age of 18 to attend the University of Texas at El Paso, where she not only fell in love with the city but also fell in love with Charles. It was Rochelle who actually came to know the Lord first and then influenced Charles to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. They were happily married in 1970 and have two children, Shannon and Jared, who have also dedicated their lives to working in the ministry, and two grandchildren, Caleb and Emery Rochelle.
In 1977, Charles and Rochelle Nieman began teaching God’s Word in a small railroad union hall with 20 people. Since that small beginning, the church has grown; and today, Abundant Living Faith Center has 30,000+ members and growing.
As Co-Pastor of Abundant Living Faith Center, Rochelle directed the church administration, led the women’s ministry, acted as Superintendent to the fully accredited Faith Christian Academy, and regularly taught the church congregation in their weekly services. Rochelle had a heart for making people feel at home and welcome. Her commitment to ministry was driven by her belief that every man and woman, and every child, regardless of circumstance, must know that there is a God who loves them unconditionally and who wants them to live the life He has for them.
”Not a day goes by where I am not made aware of people who are hurting around me and throughout the world. I believe that God has blessed us as a ministry so that we can be a blessing to others and help hurting people discover a better life. We count it a privilege and a joy to be able to teach people how to understand the Word of God and show them how to use God’s Word in their lives so that they can begin to see things change.” – Rochelle Nieman
Pastor Rochelle passed away on December 30, 2012. Her legacy lives on.