Our current line-up of speakers represent multiple ministries and backgrounds dedicated to the advancement of the kingdom of God among the nations of the world. We are pleased to introduce you to:

Dr. Elias dos Santos Medeiros

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Elias dos Santos Medeiros has been an ordained minister of the Gospel since January 1975. While in Brazil he worked in pioneer church planting in the Amazon region and in Recife (rural and urban). Elias was the Harriot Barbour Professor of Missions at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS for twenty-seven years until his retirement in 2020. Far from being an “Ivory tower” academic, Elias has always been a tireless practitioner of his profession. He is truly a preacher’s preacher, an evangelist’s evangelist. We are truly blessed to have Elias for our first Native Pastors Gathering.

Read more here.

Rev. Huron Claus

Special Guest

Huron needs no introduction. He is the president/CEO of CHIEF Inc., a ministry founded by his father, Tom Claus. The mission of CHIEF is to disciple and equip a strong Native American Leadership for the development of the indigenous church throughout North, Central and South America. Huron is a fifth generation Christian on his father’s side, Mohawk. His mother was Kiowa. His burden to see Native folk to come to faith is as big as his love for Jesus.

To learn more about CHIEF Inc., click here.

Dr. Richard Pratt, Jr.

Special Guest

Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. is President and Co-Founder of Third Millennium Ministries, an evangelical ministry that provides Biblical Education. For the World. For Free. Thirdmill was established in 1997 to respond to the overwhelming scarcity of theological education around the world. For more than 20 years now, Thirdmill has been creating and distributing multimedia, seminary-level curriculum in multiple languages worldwide, with no cost to those who need it.

Click here to hear a message from Richard.

To learn more about Thirdmill, click here.

Rev. Joshua Tsavatewa

Worship Director

Joshua is a Hopi brother serving with Sacred Road Ministries. He is the Assistant Pastor of Hope Fellowship in Yakima, WA. Joshua graduated from RTS Jackson (MA, 2009). He is ordained with the Presbyterian Church in America.

Learn more about Joshua and Sacred Road Ministries here.

Dr. Ryan O’Leary

Guest Lecturer

Ryan is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe in northern, MN.  He currently serves as a tribal college faculty member, and is a Converge/CHIEF missions worker serving Indigenous peoples in North America.  Ryan has been a lead pastor for approximately fourteen years, started an initiative to bring Indigenous leaders to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC and has served as a tribal economic development board member, tribal government administrator, and completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree in 2013. He is currently working on completing his PhD in Global Leadership. 

Email Ryan: roleary7@yahoo.com

Behind the Scenes

Patrick and Regina are missionaries serving with Mission to the World (MTW).

Patrick and Regina met at a Bible college in 1995. Together they have been in ministry for over 20 years. Patrick is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS Orlando, M.Div., 2014). From 1999 to 2014, they served together at a Reformed church in Sanford, Florida. Eight of those years, they led short-term teams to serve among the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. From 2017 to 2019, they served at the Mokahum Ministry Center on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, working with fellow Native brothers and sisters.

Today they serve with Native leaders to help edify, encourage, and equip Native pastors that they may be strengthened in their calling to the Great Commission. The Native Pastors Gathering is one facet of their ministry calling to train leaders and make disciples among indigenous peoples of North America.

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