The Roy Klobnak Evangelistic Association began in the hearts of Roy and Cathy in 1977 and was founded in 1978 in
Des Moines, Iowa. Roy studied with the Assemblies of God. Roy, Cathy, Michael and Julie are ordained ministers through the International Association of Ministries (http://theiaminc.org/).
The ministry began a radio program that year entitled “Road to Victory” and aired weekly on Saturday mornings on KWKY, continuing until 1980.
During that same year, Roy and Cathy began to hold church services at the local YMCA in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. God had given them a vision for a new church called Victory Chapel (see pictures below). They purchased a 35’ x 70’ mobile home, which had been completely gutted, and put it on the lot that now holds a 60 x 100 ft. facility. The sanctuary located in the front of this mobile home was 35 feet long. The remainder of the facility held two bathrooms, and a nursery.
So many miracles happened in the finishing of this chapel and the subsequent larger center, as well as many miracles being wrought by the Lord during the services. No one attending a service could deny that the power of the Holy Spirit was present to heal and deliver those in need.
Roy and Cathy have also taught lay ministry, children's and youth ministries, as well as for GILEAD Ministries.
Roy and Cathy have been recognized by the state of Iowa by receiving two Governor Volunteer Awards. Cathy received a Certificate of Appreciation by the Department of Education from the Des Moines Public Schools.
In 1987, God called Roy and Cathy out of the pastorate and into prison ministry. They were invited in December of 1987 to join Teen Challenge of the Midlands in presenting the Christmas story to the inmates at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa. Since that time they have continued to share the gospel at the Anamosa prison.
Although Roy and Cathy have been involved in other ministry work since 1987, we believe our main calling is in the prison ministry. Since 1987, Roy and Cathy have been called to five other prisons to spread the good news of Jesus under the auspices of "From the Heart Ministries". Since 1994, From the Heart has visited the Correctional Release Center in Newton once a month. In 2001, From the Heart has visited the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility as often as we can get in. From 2002 until a few years ago, From the Heart visited the Correctional Release Center in Mitchellville on a periodic basis until we obtained a permanent spot once a month. Since 2006, From the Heart has visited the North Central Correctional Institute in Rockwell City as often as we can get in. In 2012, we were approved to visit Fort Madison prison and go as often as we can get in.
Since COVID 19 and the shutdowns, we have not been able to physically visit the prisons. We are now reaching out to inmates through a video service. Once a month we send videos with music and teaching to the prisons who play them for the inmates.
Roy, Cathy, Don, Julie, and Summer share about God and honor veterans through songs, and Bible verses at care centers, senior meal sites, county fairs, lawn chair nights, Christian women's clubs, and senior centers. We believe in helping those lost find true love in God's eternal gift of life. Those who are in care centers are sometimes commonly known as "the forgotten". We take hope and healing to them when we bring the gospel inside the doors of those facilities. We know that we would want someone to come and share with us the good news that God loves us. Many of those in care centers have loved ones who live far away and who, even though they would like to do so, cannot just "drop in" on a daily or weekly basis. We treasure the opportunity to "fill the gap" until family can be there for them. We, too, cannot be with them as frequently as we would like to be, but we bring good news that the Lord is with them every day.
Over 40 years ago, Roy had a vision about a tower being placed on their ministry base's property. When Roy went to look for property to build a new ministry base, they looked far from where they currently were located. As Michael and Roy kept getting farther south from their current location, they kept thinking, it couldn't be this far out. Roy heard from the Lord and they stopped at the side of the road where God told them this is where the new ministry base would be built. Over 20 years ago, the ministry base was built at this property. Roy went to the very top of the hill on the property and put a stake where God told him the tower would be built. About five years ago, a cell phone tower was built on the property next to them. Roy thought, "This is the tower. The tower in my vision is this one." God told Roy to wait, that one wasn't the tower.
About four years ago, Roy received a phone call from Station Manager Bruce Barrows at Life 107.1 Christian radio station. Bruce asked if they could build a 1000 foot tower on the ministry base's property. Life 107.1 staff had wanted to build a new radio tower for many years in order to replace the several towers they had and combine their many station numbers into one. This would also extend the radio signal that would reach thousands of more people. One requirement was that they had to build the tower within a seven mile radius and on a property owned by a 501(c)(3) property. When Life 107.1 looked at a map, they found RKEA ministry's property within the exact location of the where the tower needed to be built.
Roy and Bruce went up to the top of the hill where the stake was that Roy had placed many years ago. They prayed for God's will to be done. Fundraisers were done in order to raise the money to pay for the tower. God provided the faithful listeners that paid for the new tower.
In November 2021, the tower was finally finished and was turned on. It was built on the exact location of where that stake was put many years ago. What an awesome miracle that started with one man listening to God in a vision and knowing God always does what He says He does. See pictures below with pictures of the tower and the ceremony in which the tower was turned on. Listen to Life 107.1 https://life1071.com/ on-line or in your car and praise God for this wonderful blessing and path for God to reach many more people. See pictures below.
Roy and Cathy have three children and six grandchildren. Roy is retired from the Department of Corrections but currently serves on the Juvenile Justice Committee for the State of Iowa and the Governor's Office. Cathy is a homemaker and musician. Don is a farmer, Julie and Michael work full time jobs, Rebecca is a homemaker, and Summer is in college and has a full time job.
If you are interested in having Roy and Cathy minister at your church or event, please contact us by using the Contact Us link to send an email or call 641-763-2877.