Staff & Colleagues

 
Casey(Potawatomi) & Lora(Navajo) Church
Southwest Wiconi Representatives
 
Casey is a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi of Michigan and his wife Lora, a member of the Navajo Nation.  Casey and Lora formed and pastored a contextual ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1996 to 2000 called All Tribes Gathering which was a ministry to urban Native Americans. In July 2000, the Church family relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they started a house church which became the Soaring Eagle Ministries, a ministry promoting awareness of the need for contextual ministries. Casey offers mentoring in contextual ministry as well as a quarterly contextual workshop and worship service in Albuquerque.

Over the years, the Churches have become respected members of the Albuquerque community having been called to be head staff at several of the local pow-wows as arena director, head judge, and head dancers. 

The Churches have been active in contextual ministry for over a decade while raising their family. They have three daughters and one son. They recently joined the Wiconi family where they have been active in Wiconi�s �Living Waters� Family Camp as workshop presenters, arena director for the pow-wow as well as morning devotional leaders.  They�ve also spoken at Many Nations One Voice conferences.

Lora has a B.S. in Pre-Law from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  She works as Prevention Program Manager for three Native American Teen Centers with the University of New Mexico Health and Science Center in Albuquerque. Casey has a B.S. degree in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a M.A. in Inter-Cultural Studies with a focus on Contextual Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

 

Gary Eastty
Community Relations Coordinator
 
Gary and his wife Mary Ann joined Wiconi in 2003 on loan from Wycliffe Bible Translators where they served in various capacities for twenty-five years including Field Work with the Northern Paiutes in Nevada, California, Oregon, and Idaho. Their field work included: Language and cultural learning, preparing and teaching literacy, attending workshops in language learning, grammar and phonology, working with language consultants and spending time in the homes and lives of the Paiutes. Gary also became a recognized singer of Paiute and Shoshone Round Dance Songs, participating regularly in the annual Pine Nut Blessing at the Walker River Paiute & Shoshone Reservation. Gary and Mary Ann also served at the International Linguistic Center/International Museum of Cultures in Dallas, Texas. This time included the development of three special exhibitions about Native American people. 
 
Gary serves Wiconi in many capacities including recruiting and acclimating volunteers, working with tribal groups and pitches in wherever and whenever Wiconi needs his help. Gary and has a special heart for those who are imprisoned or institutionalized. He would like to develop a ministry team that can go in to prisons and help those who are followers of the Jesus Way in native expressions of Christian devotion.
Gary and Mary Ann are the proud parents of three daughters and very recently grandparents.

 

Mary Ann Eastty
Assistant Bookkeeper
 

Mary Ann serves Wiconi by assisting with bookkeeping and updating the database in the office, organizing and attending product/information table at conferences and interacting with attendees. She always pitches in where we need help as well as with organizing venues and in attending Native events. Mary Ann has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the community college level in Dallas and earned a BA in Elementary Education from Goshen College in Indiana and an MA from Oakland University in Michigan. Mary Ann brings to Wiconi a grace and delight in serving Native people.

 

 
 
 
 

Howard & Charlyne Lane
Multi-Media/Missions Coordinators
 
Howard Lane, an ordained minister, and his wife Charlyne, have been involved with First Nations/Native American ministry since 1991. Prior to full time ministry, they owned and operated a general contracting company in Pennsylvania. They have trained extensively for ministry and missions work among First Nations through a local PA Bible College, their home church, and several missions groups and organizations including Youth With A Mission.  Both are certified as instructors for Precept Upon Precept Biblical Studies. They studied in the Lakota Studies Department for three years at the Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota (one of the few First Nations Universities in North America). Even before going onto the mission field on the Rosebud reservation they developed children's and youth ministry in their neighborhood in PA that still thrives today.
 
During their four-year stay on Rosebud they developed an outreach ministry to the children and youth of the community. They acted as managers and coordinators for all mission teams coming to the Native-led church they worked for, and directed the young adult, youth, and children's ministry.
 
After leaving Rosebud they participated in further mission training and continued outreach work in British Columbia, Canada, Bohol, Philippines, and in 1999 landed in Lawton, Oklahoma where they assisted Youth With A Mission pioneer their first Native American focused base in the state. After their two-year commitment to Y.W.A.M. was successfully completed, they continued to work among the First Nations churches, ministries, and communities of Oklahoma and the United States.
 
They have filmed and produced video documentaries, teaching videos, event videos, special interest videos and ministry promotional videos, and developed multi-media presentations for seminars and conferences. The Lanes are proud parents of two adult sons, Shawn & Nathan, and a grandson, Tyler.

Jim & Jan Uttley
Editor and Writer

Jim and Jan Uttley joined Wiconi in April 2004 and Jim serves as Editor and Writer.  When he came on staff, Richard Twiss told Jim, Your mission is to put Wiconi on the map through your writing and publishing. Jims responsibilities include working with a team of writers, designer, and proofreaders to produce attractive promotional materials which include Wiconi's year-end newsletter and our monthly online newsletter, Smoke Signals.  Jim also writes articles for other publications about Wiconi and how Creator is moving on Turtle Island.
 
Jim grew up in Haiti, the son of missionary parents.  He and his wife, Jan, also served as missionaries there for 11 years where their three children were born.
 
For more than 24 years, Jim has served as editor of Indian Life newspaper, the only Native periodical of its kind in North America. In addition to writing for Indian Life, Jim has had articles published in Charisma Magazine, Christian Week, Faith Today, Christianity Today, Globe and Mail, and the Winnipeg Free Press.  He also edits Indian Life Books including Does the Owl Still Call Your Name? The Conquering Indian, Keepers of the Faith, Life Without Lies, and When the Stars Danced.  

Jim is on loan to Indian Life Ministries on a part-time basis. The rest of the time he works with Wiconi and mentors young writers.

Jim and Jan have three grown children, five grandsons and one granddaughter. They make their home in Winnipeg, Canada.


Jerry (Sto':lo) & Leslie Chapman
Drumspeaker to the Nations
 
Representing First Nations people as a follower of Jesus Christ, Jerry Chapman (Sto:lo) ministers to his local community in Cowlitz County, Washington, throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada and overseas. Jerry has been gifted with a unique form of prophetic worship through drumming, which led to the name of his ministry: Drumspeaker to the Nations.
 
He not only ministers through worship, he presents the gospel to First Nations people in a culturally relevant way. He hand crafts most of the native drums and percussion instruments he uses, and often presents drums he has made as gifts during ministry events to which he is invited. Jerry crafts each drum with intense intercession and prayer focus, and he believes that every beat of the drum is a proclamation of the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ that will reverberate throughout eternity. He has spent many hours over the last five years, teaching traditional drum crafting, as well as First Nations customs and traditions.
 
His walk with the Lord began more than 20 years ago, in 1984, when he accepted Christ at an Assemblies of God Church in Kelso, WA. He went on to serve in many ministries in the church, including street ministry and prison and juvenile detention ministry. Later he took courses with Lamplighter International and at the Vancouver School of Theology.
 
He was ordained under the ministerial staff of Evangel Christian Fellowship in May 2002.  Later that summer, he was commissioned as Gatekeeper of the Columbia River Region by the ministry of 120 Drums.
 
Jerry's wife, Leslie, is a full-time volunteer with the ministry, handling all office and communications matters and serving as the ministry's treasurer. Their daughter and son-in-law, Breanne and Carlo Skolrud, accompany Jerry in worship whenever possible. Jerry is a truck driver for a Longview trucking firm but has been working to increase financial support so he can devote full time to ministry.

 

 
 
 



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