Bruce Howell was born in Herrin, IL, where he was baptized by Reverend Lee Roy Sherry at the First Apostolic Church and received the Holy Ghost in 1967. In 1971, he began his Bible College education at Gateway College of Evangelism. While attending Gateway College of Evangelism, he met Diane James, also a student there. They were married in 1973 and continued their education in St. Louis. He graduated from Gateway College of Evangelism in 1974 with his degree in Theology. They then moved to Jackson, MS, where they worked with Pastor Thomas L. Craft at First Pentecostal Church. While in Jackson, Brother Howell pastored the First Pentecostal Church Annex, served as the Dean of Christian Education at Jackson College of Ministries from 1976-79, and was the Foreign Missions Representative for Central Mississippi from 1978-79.

In 1977 the Howells made their first mission trip to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter they received their call to the mission field and began to pursue a missionary appointment.

In 1979, the Howells were appointed as missionaries to the country of El Salvador. This was the beginning of a 22 year journey that would also take them to work in the country of Honduras. Brother Howell and his wife have been blessed with a wonderful family: their son Jared, his wife Loida, their two daughters, Zoe and Isabella and their son Judah; their daughter Leah and her husband Andrew, one son, Zion, daughters Lucia, Mimi; and their daughter Amy and her husband Dennis Uecker. All of his children are serving full time in the ministry.

During his missionary appointment, Brother Howell served in the following capacities:

  • Secretary of the United Pentecostal Church International of El Salvador 1981-1982 

  • Superintendent of United Pentecostal Church International of El Salvador 1982 – 2001 

  • Missionary Supervisor of El Salvador 1999 – 2001 

  • Superintendent of United Pentecostal Church International of Honduras 1993 – 2002 

  • Regional Director of Central America/Caribbean 2000 – 2001

In 2001, he was elected as the General Director of Global Missions of the United Pentecostal Church and currently serves in this capacity.