Missio Dei Speakers

  Ray Aldred
Reverend Ray Aldred is a member of the Swan River Cree Nation, Alberta, Canada.  Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife and son in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Ray currently is part of the team at My People International.  He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada where he worked to encourage pastors ministering to aboriginal people. Ray also serves on several boards of different organizations.  He is currently the chair person the Aboriginal Ministries Council for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.   Also, he is a board member of North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies.  He is a contributing editor of Cultural Encounters, a new journal from Multnoma College.  Ray also has had the privilege of addresses several college conferences and meetings related to cross-cultural ministry. 
 
Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language.  Ray received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Canadian Theological Seminary and graduated with Highest Honors.  He received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Canadian Bible College and is currently enrolled in a PhD program.  Ray and his wife, Elaine are also involved in ministry to couples and have helped facilitate support groups for people who have suffered abuse.   Ray and Elaine have four children, Jenny, who has graduated from the University of Regina and the Alliance University College, is a school teacher in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; Raymond, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy; Catherine, who is in the Arts program at the U or R, focusing on Cultural Anthropology; and Rueben who has just finished high school. 
 
Ray has served the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada in vocational ministry since 1991 and has counted it a great privilege.
 
 
Brian D. McLaren
Brian D. McLaren is a pastor, author, speaker, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.  He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American's 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, and many other print media.  In 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region  (crcc.org).  He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer at seminaries and denominational gatherings, nationally and internationally. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodernism, Biblical studies, evangelism, apologetics, leadership, global mission, church growth, church planting, art and music, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice.

Brian is married to Grace, and they have four young adult children.
 
 
  Dr. Micheal A. Rynkiewich
Dr. Michael A. Rynkiewich, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.
 
Mike brings a wealth of experience and expertise in Anthropology Theory and Research, Missionary Context and Training, Values and Ethics in Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Colonial and Post-Colonial Paradigms. He did his Masters thesis on Ojibway powwows in Minnesota.
 
His early research was in the Marshall Islands in Micronesia, and his early career involved teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul. His early books dealt with anthropologists looking at American culture, The Nacirema (1975), ethical issues involved in doing research, Ethics and Anthropology (1976), and an archaeological survey, Traders, Teachers and Soldiers: An Anthropological Survey of Colonial Era Sites on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands (1981). He has worked in the business world and pastored churches as an elder in the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.
 
His recent work includes Politics in Papua New Guinea (2000) and Land and Churches in Melanesia (2001), and two years as the editor of the journal Catalyst: Social Pastoral Journal for Melanesia, continuing to pursue the work of the church in mission in cultural and social context. He is a long time member of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.
 
He has two older children by his late wife, Linda: Adam and Tanya; and three children with his wife Teresa: Katharina, and twins Don Jacob and Michael Joseph.
 
  Jonathan Maracle
& Broken Walls
 
Jonathan Maracle grew up in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, and always remembered hearing his father sing the songs of his people.  His father, Andrew Maracle, Sr., wrote and translated many choruses and hymns in the church from English to the Mohawk language, and as a result of this, Jonathan learned many beautiful songs in his Native tongue.  Jonathan sang the Mohawk Chant on the 1995 “March for Jesus” album, God began a work in Jonathan which eventually led to the birth of his ministry “Broken Walls.”  Jonathan participated and sang at many gatherings and conferences and was convinced there was a need for songs of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation, thus beginning a period of song writing.  Jonathan currently travels world-wide with his Native Christian music and has recorded six albums: Rise Up Mighty Warrior, Clearly Hear His Voice, Ride the Wind (Live), Beautiful Great One, Created For Worship and Ohwihsha - Healing Wind.  Jonathan currently lives in Tyendinaga Territory, Ontario, Canada with his wife, Linda, and his three children.
 
 
  Suuqiina & Qaumaniq
Dr. Suuqiina (Inuit) and Qaumaniq (Cherokee) serve as directors of Indigenous Messengers International, a restoration ministry. They also serve as North American Representative of Emmaus Way a messianic ministry in Israel.  They conduct Healing the Land Seminars and Protocol seminars in North America and Internationally.

Dr. Suuqiina served as a pastor for 21 years and Qaumaniq was the director of Christian therapy center for several years. They are currently building a Retreat Center in Tennessee that will utilize the Creative Arts process, the celebration of culture, along with prayer and instruction on living in process to create healing and wholeness in Yeshua (Jesus).  Dr. Suuqiina and Qaumaniq have served in Many Nations One Voice conferences, The 120 Drums, The International School of Reconciliation, The World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, and instructors for the Perspectives Course for the U.S. Center of World Missions.  They are authors, musicians, dancers and artists and are residents of Portland, Tennessee.  Most importantly they have four children, 19 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and they are themselves children of a loving Creator.
 
  Terry LeBlanc
Terry is Mi’kmaq/Acadian, in his 32nd year of marriage to Bev and  the father of three adult children.  As National Ministries Director with My People International, Terry is actively involved in the development of biblically and theologically sound materials that promote the clear call to personal faith, and affirm the cultural identity and need for cultural renewal of Indigenous Christians.  Terry has taught as a sessional and guest lecturer at various colleges, seminaries and universities.  He is one of the founders and current Chair of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), a new approach to biblical and theological reflection, writing and education for Native North Americans.  Terry is continuing his personal journey of learning as a PhD student at Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.
 
 
Bill Miller
 
A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Bill Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American music arena and beyond.  As a grammy award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, and painter, he's been a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations. 
 
With music, he discovered a way out of the entrenched poverty of the reservation, and he has used his talent to build bridges where ever he goes.  The son of Mohican-German parents, Bill grew up amid the streams and woodlands of the reservation (his tribe is properly called Mahicanuk, which means People From Where The Waters Are Never Still).  Music was an also essential part of life, and Bill (whose Indian name, Fush-Ya Heay Ka, means "bird song") learned traditional songs at an early age.
 
Bill has an equally active career as a painter.  His work has been shown and sold in prestigious galleries around the country, and he maintains a studio at his Nashville home, where he lives with his wife and children.
 
Rev. Stanley Nwoji
Rev. Stanley Chinedum Nwoji, President of Millions For Christ Mission
 
Rev. Stanley Nwoji is the President of the Millions For Christ Mission, an international faith mission with the purpose of planting New Testament, missionary indigenous Churches in every community on earth where there are no Churches. His approach prayerfully utilizes research, incarnation, contextual power evangelism, cross-cultural discipleship, social action and justice, and community development as strategies for missions. With his wife Rev. Margaret Nwoji, co-founder of the mission, they have seen the work of the mission grow in Nigeria, Chad/Niger, Benin Republic, and the United States.
 
They are also the founders of the Millions For Christ Theological Missionary Institute and Millions For Christ Missionary Clinics. Rev. Stanley holds an MBA from the University of Nigeria and is a management consultant with Zibah Consults. He is a resource speaker in many seminars in Africa and United States. Presently he is doing a PhD in Intercultural Studies in Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Stanley and Margaret have a daughter, Ihunanya, and have adopted over 35 children to their home.
 
  Richard Twiss
Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Tribe, believes that in modern missions, no other people group is so uniquely positioned by Almighty God for world evangelization as First Nations people are today. Richard has led teams of Native believers around the world and seen thousands won to Christ in Peru, Pakistan, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany and many more. As Co Founder and President of Wiconi International, Richard is committed to seeing Native people emerge into a powerful place of ministry in reconciliation and healing within the Body of Christ around the world.
 
Richard’s book “One Church Many Tribes - Serving Jesus the Way God Made You” articulates a fresh Biblical vision for healing our land, by healing our hearts. The book is generously endorsed by national leaders like Bill Bright, Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, Francis Frangipane, Don Richardson, Tommy Tenney, etc. and is available in Christian bookstores.
 
In 1972, Richard was a participant in the forced occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building, in Washington, D.C., with the radical political group, the American Indian Movement or "AIM."
 
Other Speakers Include:
 
Pastor Casey Church
Pastor Casey Church, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, formed and pastored a contextual ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1996 to 2000.  He and his family relocated to Albuquerque to start the "Soaring Eagle Gathering," promoting awareness of contextual ministries.  Casey has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and is finishing a Masters of Arts in Inter-cultural Studies at Fuller Seminary. Casey is currently forming the regions first contextual ministry learning center to develop emerging leadership in contextual ministry. He is a board member with NAIITS and a speaker for Wiconi International.
 
Rita Bear Gray
Rita Bear-Gray, Cree, still speaks her Native language fluently. Rita currently works with Wiconi International as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator and on the Muckleshoot Reservation in Auburn, WA at the Senior Center.  She has worked with her local Women’s Aglow ministry and has served as Prayer Chairman and chapter Vice President.  Rita serves as the Washington State Director for the International Reconciliation Coalition for Indigenous People.  She has served as Chair for My People International
 
Michelle Clark
Michelle Clark, Cherokee, coordinates prayer for Wiconi by answering prayer requests made to our website prayer link and through the many E-mail and telephone requests we receive from ministry supporters and partners. She also works with an Inter Varsity volunteer to organize a prayer chain and with intercessors from the Lydia Fellowship here in Vancouver. She focuses much of her prayer energy on covering Wiconi Ministries and the lives and families of those in service to Wiconi. Michelle provides prayerful direction and spirit-led focus for prayer teams she organizes at Wiconi-related events. She also educates volunteers on the importance of ministry etiquette and protocol in working with Native people.
 
In the course of her duties, Michelle has allowed the spirit of God to lead her direction by studying the historical record and background of communities that Wiconi either visits or serves. In so doing, she has undertaken considerable independent study and course work in history at Clackamas Community College.
 
Randy Woodly

Rev. Randy Woodley is a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian who has been in ministry among First Nations people for over two decades. He is an author, pastor, teacher, lecturer, poet and activist. President and co-founder of Eagle's Wings Ministry, along with his wife Edith, (Eastern Shoshone/Choctaw).

Randy holds a Master of Divinity degree and has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. Rev. Woodley is a founding board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies.

 
Charles & Siouxan Robinson
Charles and Siouxan Robinson, Founders of the Red Road Ministries. Charles Robinson is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Indian Education Association and travels to reservations and Native communities to meet with tribal leaders regarding the challenges facing Native people in the 21st Century. Currently, Charles and his wife, Siouxsan, share Native American cultural presentations in schools, corporate events, camps and churches. Charles currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eagles Wings Ministry and Empty Hands Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations and History. 
 




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