This is My Story: Chris and Hope Woods Testimony

Chris and Hope Woods are extremely valued and loved at our Ekklesia, The Rock of Panama City. This is a video of Chris and Hope sharing their testimony of salvation and experience with Apostle F. Nolan Ball and The Rock Ministry. Yahweh is faithful and he does all things well! See more testimonies on Apostle F. Nolan Ball’s new testimonial website,

Dreams – Apostle F. Nolan Ball

Lay down your dream and take up Yahweh’s.”  Apostle F. Nolan Ball


I think the great shame, the great reproach upon us, is that we do not ask abundantly. We do not ask in an exaggerated way. Yahweh is wanting to do more. He is wanting to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think. So if we can think it, it is not too much. If we can dream it, it is not too much. Not many of us are in danger of overstepping the bounds by asking Yahweh for too much. Most of us are not pushing the limits.

 Every Believer, every inventor, every visionary can testify that you do not ever move into the realization of your vision without difficulty. Every prophetic word of Yahweh has to be conceived by a man or a woman in that person’s spirit before it can be brought from the spirit realm into the natural realm.

The long journey toward the realization of our dreams and the attainment of our goals can cause us to become discouraged with our hands hanging limply and our feet straying from the straight path, unless we occasionally pause long enough to look back and see that we have already come a long way and have already won many victories.

Keep on talking. Keep on walking. The dream is bigger than you can understand. The vision may be yet for an appointed time. But if you keep on walking, you are going to wind up in the right place, and you are going to be right on time.

I do not believe you can fulfill the dreams and the visions that Yahweh births in your heart without accusations. Joseph was not the last one to hear a sarcastic, “Here comes the dreamer,” nor was David the last to hear, “What does a shepherd boy know about fighting giants?”

When you begin to talk about your dreams, and the anointing becomes evident on you, you will become a threat to those who have the position to which you are called. No dream will ever become a reality until you are willing to put it on the line. Until you are willing to declare out of your own mouth what you intend to do and be, you will never move toward the fulfillment of it.

When you dare to put the dream of your spirit into words that can be heard and interpreted (or misinterpreted) by other people, then Yahweh will begin the formation and the realization of your dream. You must be willing to take a stand against Mama and Daddy, against brother and sister —against whomever— if you are going to realize the dream Yahweh put into your heart. Your fiercest enemy may very well be those of your own house. Those who know you best (after the flesh) will probably be the ones who understand you the least.

A dream unfulfilled becomes a mockery.

Like it or not, we all must face the reality that there are some dreams we will never see fulfilled, and in the Heavenly Father’s wisdom He never intended that we would fulfill all of the dreams that we have. Some of our dreams must, of necessity, belong to our children and our children’s children. Yahweh is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Joseph was able to interpret other people’s dreams and visions because he had learned by Holy Spirit to interpret and realize the dreams and visions of his own heart. Do not tell your dreams and visions to those who are void of Yahweh’s Spirit.

“I will persevere until I hold in my hand the dream I hold in my heart.” – Apostle F. Nolan Ball

Apostle F. Nolan Ball

F. Nolan Ball is an apostle to the Body of Christ. In July 1969, he and Shirley, his wife, came to the church now known as The Rock of Panama City. Up to this present time, the church continues to grow and extend its ministry–locally and internationally. The ministry is overseen by Apostle Ball, working with a Presbytery of Elders representing the five-fold ministry. In addition to these responsibilities, Apostle Ball relates to and oversees the establishing of other men and churches. He is the author of three books: ”God’s Plan for Financing the Ministry” (available in English, Russian, and Spanish), “Quotes from a Modern Day Apostle,” and “The Kingdom: What Will it Look Like and How Will it Come to Be?” – all available in The Rock Online Bookstore (Media & Resources).

Nolan Ball was born in 1929 in Green County, Mississippi. His father was a sawmill worker. He has one sister, Johnnie Ruth. He attended schools in Avery,Mississippi; Gulf Hammock, Florida; Bronson, Florida, and Bay Minette, Alabama. In 1951, he met and married Shirley Navello of London, England. They have three daughters and one son, five living grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. Nolan served in the U.S. Air Force 1947-51, with the rank of Sergeant. Following his Air Force service, Nolan worked for a financial institution until he entered college in 1954, following his and Shirley’s conversion to Christ in 1953.

He graduated from Southeastern College in Lakeland, Florida in 1957, with honors, and from Florida Southern College in 1958, with honors. He is a member of Delta Epsilon Chi.

During the years of 1957-1986, Nolan and Shirley pastored churches of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Florida; Angel City, Florida; Talladega, Alabama; Tallahassee, Florida, and Panama City, Florida. He served both as a District Presbyter in the Alabama and West Florida Districts of the Assemblies of God, and as a General Council Presbyter from the West Florida District.

He has worked with national leaders in Peru, South America; Jamaica, West Indies; Kenya, East Africa, and Zaire, West Africa to establish churches.

Apostle Ball has served as the senior minister of The Rock of Panama City, formerly Dirego Park Assembly of God, since 1969. In 1986, in order to more fully pursue the purposes of Yahweh, Apostle Ball and The Rock of Panama City withdrew from the Assemblies of God with a good record and a good attitude. The primary reason for withdrawal from the denomination was to be able to raise up, send out, establish and release others whom God had called into the ministry.

Apostle Ball is a spiritual father to numerous men who have come to him and submitted themselves to him for the purpose of becoming spiritual sons. In time each man is raised up and sent out to other cities where, with apostolic oversight and financial support, that man establishes and builds his own “house.” As of September 2013, the number of “sons” sent out is twenty-four.