From 1972 to 1992 Howard was a professor of Art and head of the department of art at Northern Kentucky University. He was also an Atheist. On June 1, 1985 while dying in a hospital in Paris, France he had a Near Death Experience that involved being tormented in hell, calling out to Jesus, being saved, given a life review, and having all his questions answered. From that experience he ceased being an atheist and is now a Christian pastor. He has written four books based on his experience and has participated in over thirty overseas mission trips and countless missions in the US. Currently there is a Hollywood movie being produced by Alcon Studios based on his story.