Pastor Riva Tims—Stronger, Wiser and Better

by Adriana Zamot

Riva Tims has been a pastor for more than ten years. She is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, sister and friend. She is a much sought after speaker and has appeared on TBN and other national television programs. She carries beauty, a gentle spirit, and a passion for Jesus that is very palpable in her presence. She preaches a bold and life-changing message that brings healing and deliverance to men, women and children. She is a Godly role model to her children as well as those she ministers to.

Although she may appear to have a delicate demeanor, there is no doubt that she is a powerhouse in the Lord. As some of you may know, back in 2007 she found herself in the middle of a very difficult trial that for some it would have been a crushing blow to their faith. But she remained steadfast in the Lord and has risen, in her words, “stronger, wiser, and better.”

Today she is the C.E.O. and founder of Majestic Life Ministries. Her goal, which is evident in the church, is to share the Gospel of Christ and help propel individuals into their divine destiny.

Recently, I had the pleasure and opportunity to ask Pastor Riva a few questions and through her responses you can sense the humility and candor.

AZ: Can you share a bit about your upbringing and how you came to know Christ?

RT: I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal savior at the age of 7 years old. I attended a small Baptist Church in North Brentwood, MD from birth until 17 years of age. It was there I learned structure, excellence and community involvement. While in college, I started attending a Word Church. I grew leaps and bounds in the things of the Spirit. My relationship with Jesus went deeper and became very solid.

AZ: What makes Riva Tims happy or joyful?

RT: I get an overwhelming sense of joy when I am able to really make a difference in someone’s life. I love to see God bring authentic change and deliverance in a person’s life. It makes it all worthwhile. The other joys in my life are attributed to my four beautiful children. Every day they make me smile.

AZ: What are some of your favorite things to do?

RT: I am almost embarrassed to say, I don’t have a lot of time to let my hair down. I know that I have to make time for myself but honestly I am not there yet. Hopefully, by the end of the year I will be able to answer that question. I would love to have a long list of favorites so pray for me. LOL

AZ: What do most people not know about you?

RT: That I used to be an athlete. I played basketball, softball, soccer, ran track and even was a cheerleader. Also, I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. My daddy taught my sister and I how to garden, clean fish, skin rabbits. Yes, I said skin rabbits. He is an advid hunter. So we are quite familiar with rabbits, deer and lots of guns! His goal was to make us well rounded so we had to cut the grass, stack cords of wood, and shovel snow. I appreciate my parents for not pampering me as a child, I am a better woman for it.

AZ: I recently attended a conference where you spoke and I experienced a very ‘real’ Riva Tims. You just poured out your heart. How are you able to speak so candidly about yourself when the typical behavior of a woman is to conceal her pain?

RT: People often tell me that I am very frank and to the point. I guess some of that filters into my delivery of the Word. However, I make it a point to operate by the Spirit of Truth for it is by the truth we are made free. Joy comes in the morning and I don’t walk in the pain yesterday. My previous pain is truly a testimony that God can deliver and He nothing is impossible for Him.

AZ: Do you find yourself questioning God for trials that you don’t seem to have an answer for or wonder, “Why is this happening to me?”

RT: Yes and No. Yes, I did question God a lot when I was going through my trial. But now, I don’t do it nearly as much. Once you get a glimpse of The Almighty’s saving grace, your faith in multiplied enormously. When more trials come your way, you actually respond differently. Instead of asking, ‘why’ you focus more on seeking Him for direction and guidance.

AZ: After being a prominent figure in the Christian community and seeing how your marriage unfolded in the public arena, how were you able to cope with this experience and perhaps people making assumptions and speculations?

RT: Well, I must say that was a difficult process. I had to repent for how I used to make assumptions about others. I was so amazed that people just wanted to have a quick fix with no deliverance. It should usually take at least a year for healing to be manifested. Often times I would hear people say they did not need to know what happened and then try to give advice or encouragement. How can you do that? Or, I would get long emails of advice and they had never once talked to me. The best thing for people to do in situations like that is to never take sides. But rather love both parties equally. I was able to cope through real friends who saw my frailties as well. They were willing to pray and stand with me and cover me.

AZ: What advice do you give the wives of young Pastors?

RT: I would advise them to keep their identity. Often times as young wives we tend to throw ourselves into the lives of our husbands, children and the church. Yes, we should do those things but in doing them we must not lose ourselves. They must continue to reinvent themselves and become a life time learner, get another degree or start a business. Be willing to take me time for a regiment of exercise and beauty treatments.

AZ: How do you embrace being single? Will you marry again?

RT: All the single ladies, all the single ladies….well I am making the best of it. It has been quite the learning experience for me. I have learned so much about myself. There has been quite a few things I did not know I was capable of doing. However, I had no other options but to do it by myself. I started a successful health and wellness business; I am a radio talk show host, co-host of a television broadcast, and Senior Pastor and founder of a wonderful church. WHAT!!!! A man did not do that for me, it has been the Lord on my side. Yes, Lawd! I will marry again. I love marriage and I still believe that it is God’s ultimate plan for reconciliation even in the most horrid situations.

AZ: How are your children doing?

RT: They are doing well. It has been an adjustment for all of us. I certainly Praise the Lord for keeping them. They are doing very well in school, sports and they are active in extracurricular activities.

AZ: How is Riva different today from five years ago?

RT: Like the song says, “I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I’m better, much better.” I think that says it all.

AZ: What is your passion? Where do you see God leading you to?

RT: My passion is outreach. I love helping others to tap into their God given potential. I sincerely and actively believe in equipping the Saints to do the work. My ministry is extremely interactive and members are encouraged to utilize their God given gifts. I believe my destiny took a detour but God is leading me straight forward into the destiny and purpose He ordained for me before I was even in my mother’s womb.

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  1. Wanda says

    I am sorry regarding the death of your ex-husband and your children’s father. I just learned of the ministries and the things you have had to walk through with the LORD. I will pray for you and your family. I am also a person who experienced a horrendous betrayl. I had to walk away from a corporation that was an outreach for youth. My husband was in a two year affair with a pastor’s wife; he refused to step down and get counseling and his board didn’t hold him accountable. I knew I could not stay in that situation. It was more than the adultery that provoked me to divorce my ex. I have a good understanding of the pain you endured. I had been with my ex for 30yrs. and married 26yrs. I also agree that the best advice to give is to not loose yourself and never become more desperate for the marriage over God. I thought God would not be pleased with me if our marriage didn’t work. God made it clear that my salvation was not established in my marriage and that the gifts and talents were placed in me long before the marriage. You are much younger than I and have recovered much quicker. If only I had the foundation you had at such a young age, I believe I would have more accomplished by now. I spent years fighting for my sanity and getting to place of forgiving him. God bless, I pray that all that God has predetermined and destined for your life in heaven will manifest here on earth and that you and your children will know peace beyond understanding during this difficult time.

  2. David Barron says

    Pastor Riva 1st God Bless You and we’re praying for you daily!Gods design for you is evident and his will is being done in your life!People whom have passed judgement are ensecure with themselves and they’re relationship with God,but he knows,sees,and wills everything.I only pray that they repent and allow God to be the center of everything.Pastor Riva will you plese send me everything that you’re involved with,I am most interested in the manisfestation God has done in your life,its such a boost,and When you do have the time will you please contact me,I want to share my story with you.Until we meet may the grace and mercy of our Lord continue to grant us peace and Blessings!

  3. heather bowe says

    Truly Pastor Riva nothing just happens, God I believe truly gives premission and without His approval the enemy can’t touch us. Stay positioned and alligned in Gods will I guarantee you Pastor Riva He will take care of you.I too have a story and with 3 babies ages 2,3 and 7 years my husband was tragically killed in a motor accident. Can I tell you I remarried had two more girls one of which just this year won a $180,000.00 scholarship and she wont finish high school until next year but God has made ways possible that just simply supernatural. He did it for me and I know He will do it for you.
    He’s on His way to receive His bride and she (the Church) must be positioned and alligned in accordance to His perfect will and way. The righteous is always secured in Christ Jesus! To Him alone Pastor Riva be all the glory and Praise. His strength is made perfect in our weakness…With Love and Prayer, Heather In Nassau Bahamas…

  4. Marci (from Maryland) says

    God thru your husband (many days) spoke blessed messages and promises to me via the television screen. My husband and I would look and listen and of course smile sometimes at Pastor Tims striking resemblence to Will Smith (actor)… Both you and your husband have been such a gift..very DYNAMIC -you both allowed God to use you (please don’t stop..don’t give up…keep praying on…). I’m praying God’s peace at this very challenging time for you and your children and extended families. May His peace reign in your heart ALWAYS…Remain Blessed Pastor Riva!!

  5. says

    Hello. I am a pastor from Baltimore. We are praying for you and your family. We met your former husband while vacationing in Florida. He was very friendly and hospitable, but I sensed he was “going through”. My husband and I prayed for him. We were saddened to hear about his passing. As a pastoor of a deliverance ministry, I have realized that many in leadership in ministry are saved, but not delivered. Our Bishop-Bill Hamon of Santa Rosa Beach (Christian International) teaches the 10 “M’s” of ministry, which tells why God makes the man before manifesting mighty ministry. I believe he was a good man who fell back into what was familiar to him when under stress. We love you and are praying for success in leading such a blessed ministry. Love you in Christ.

  6. Beneficial Anthony says

    True dat like one of the commentors said… and the bible even said ‘our lives doesn’t consist of the things we possess. We are the ones that were created for God’s pleasure! True PRiva never loses your identity in Christ in whatever you are doing on earth! If you have a relationship with Christ you will not allow any body to mess with your temple! Dat devil is a liar! But our God is good! Continue your ministry to Him and He will direct you. There are true men and women that fear God and won’t mess with the temple of God-in adultery! Satan has sent agents among to pull down servants of God in shame to embarass and stop the work of God! Let’s pray that the church will be prayerful, get delivered and stop our generals from being taken down by money, women, and drugs. The devil’s tricks are not new! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

  7. Peter Sediela says

    God remains the God of justice, and this was meted on His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are living in times when believers are questioning their belief. This means the word of God is being judged whether it is for real or not you be the judge. This brings to mind the garden of Eden moment. We can see that what God declares remain from everlasting to everlasting. God is the only true foundation, since nothing can separate us from the love God. Keep the faith. Grace has taken care of our assurance. Jesus Christ is Lord.

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