Ray Aldred, Th.D., (ABD), (Wycliffe College), is husband to Elaine and father of four adult children. He is a Cree from the Swan River Band in Alberta. Ray completed his B.Th. and his M.Div. at Canadian Theological Seminary, graduating both degrees Summa Cum Laude. Former Director of the First Nations Alliance Churches in Canada, Ray currently teaches theology at Ambrose University College and Seminary.
Ray is also both contributor and product of the NAIITS consortiums approach to theological and biblical training and a part-time faculty with NAIITS. His earned doctorate is in Theology.
Cheryl Bear is wife to Randy Barnetson and mother of three boys. She is a Carrier Sekani from Prince George, BC, with an M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver and a D.Min. from The Master’s University in Los Angeles.
From their work building a downtown street church and Bible school with First nations people in downtown Vancouver, BC to her award-winning music, Cheryl displays creativity in mission like few others. In addition to itinerant ministry, chairing the board of NAIITS and serving as part-time faculty she is a part-time faculty with NAIITS.
Cornelius Buller is husband to Vernelle and the father of three children. Cornelius graduated from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College with a B.R.S. and the University of Winnipeg with aB.A. Subsequently Cornelius earned an M.A. (University of Manitoba) and Ph.D. (McMaster University).
After a number of years as staff ethicist and instructor in Ethics with the Salvation Army’s William and Catherine Booth College, Cornelius founded and became first director of Urban Youth Adventures in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has served on the board and as faculty with the NAIITS community since its inception in 2001.
Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc
Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc, Mi’kmaq/Acadian, M.Div., (Asbury Theological Seminary), is Mi’kmaq and her people are from the Gaspe Peninsula of Eastern Canada. She is the wife of Dan Lowe, daughter of Terry and Bev LeBlanc, and sister to Matt and Jenn. She lives with her husband, Dan, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She studied History, Sociology, and Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in History in 2001. In 2008 she graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity academic degree in Anthropology. She has contributed two articles to previous issues of the NAIITS journal, one documenting the history of NAIITS and the other examining and celebrating some traditions of hospitality within the Maori context in New Zealand and the First Nations context. She has also published
Jeanine is passionate about indigenous education, particularly within the discipline of anthropology. She desires to explore how various anthropological tools might be used from an indigenous perspective, with indigenous communities helping direct the outcome of the research. She also desires to discover how indigenous theories and research methodologies, particularly among First Nations people, might offer a unique contribution to the field of anthropology.
Jeanine and Dan are active in the Edmonton community and among their church family.
Terry LeBlanc, PhD. Terry is Mi’kmaq / Acadian in his 42nd year of marriage to Bev. He and Bev have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, specializing in Theology, Mission and Anthropology.
In addition to being the founding Chair and current Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Terry serves as adjunct faculty for George Fox and Tyndale Seminary in Theology and Mission, and at Tyndale University College where he resources the B.Ed. program. Terry has accrued 37 years of work in the Native North American and global Indigenous context including as an educator in formal theological and community development training. Terry’s teaching focus includes: Indigenous Theology, Mission Theology and Praxis, Community Development Praxis and Theory, and Anthropology.
Author of numerous articles, theological papers and assorted book chapters, Terry has won several awards for his varied writings. In June 2010, for his work on the creation of NAIITS, Terry became the 28th recipient of the Dr. E.H. Johnson Memorial Award for Innovation in Mission.
Jackie Ottmann is wife to Pat and mother of two children. She earned her B.Ed. degree from the University of Calgary going on to complete her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Education at the University of Saskatchewan.
In addition to a number of academic and research Fellowships and an extensive publishing history, Jackie has taught on Native Leadership and education for many years.
She is currently full-time faculty with the University of Calgary and part-time with NAIITS. She has contributed extensively to the literature in her field: Native Education and Leadership development.
Wendy Beauchemin Peterson, Métis, Instructor, Providence University College Wendy is married to Ed. They live in Steinbach, MB. They have three children and twelve grandchildren. Wendy is a Red River Metis descended from a member of Louis Riél's council. She has served as adjunct faculty at Providence University College and Seminary since 1994. She earned a BA from Winnipeg Bible College and an MA in Theology from Providence Theological Seminary. She is currently writing a dissertation for a PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary. Wendy has been active in Native affairs throughout Canada for many years, chairing the Aboriginal Ministries Council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada being but one example of that work. She is a founding board member of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community and serves as editor of the Journal of NAIITS.
Michael Rynkiewich, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota). Mike is husband to Theresa and father of five children, three of them adults. Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethel College with a BA in Anthropology. Completing his MA (Chippewa Pow-wows) and Ph.D. (Land Tenure among Arno Marshallese) in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota,
Mike spent many years teaching in the field of Anthropology, He returned to school to complete an MDiv at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is currently faculty. Mike has held various faculty positions including Director of Post-Graduate studies at Asbury. He retires from Asbury in June, becoming faculty for NAIITS at that time.
Patrick Scott, Ph.D. Patrick is the husband of Gabrielle Mackenzie, a Tlicho (Dogrib) woman of hereditary leadership among the Tlicho people, and the father of eight Tlicho children. Patrick's work among them and the Dehcho Dene earned him a trusted place among them many years ago. He has been active in media and First Nation land and self-government negotiations and writing for the causes of the Dene, also working on their behalf for several years with World Vision Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.
Patrick focused his undergraduate work at Ryerson University in motion picture production and studied theology at Vancouver School of Theology. He completed his PhD in "Orality Among the Dene" at the University of Dundee, where he was recently appointed an Honorary Research Fellow.
Andrea Smith, her sister and their extended family live together in the greater Los Angeles area. Well-known in Native North American scholarly circles, Andrea continually offers a coherent critique of issues in gender and politics from a Native North American woman’s perspective.
Andrea earned her BA in Comparative Religions from Harvard, her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness from the University of California Santa Cruz. Andrea has an extensive publishing history.
Randy Woodley, Keetoowah, Ph.D., (Asbury Theological Seminary), is the husband of Edith and Father to four children, Randy is a Keetoowah Cherokee legal descendent from Oklahoma. Published extensively, Randy earned a BA from Rockmont College, an M.Div. from Palmer Seminary and his Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a member of a variety of societies and organizations dedicated to the advancement of ministry in a good way among Native North American peoples.
Together with Edith and their children, Randy operates Eloheh Village and Eloheh Farm in Newberg, Oregon. Randy is one of the most respected practitioner/teachers of contextualized Native ministry in the USA and Canada. He is currently serving as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture at George Fox Seminary. Randy's latest book, Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision has been nominated for the coveted Grawemeyer Award.
Danny Zacharias, Ojibway, Ph.D. (ABD)
Danny is a graduate of Acadia Divinity College, with both his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology. Previous to this Danny resided in Winnipeg where he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Providence College. He currently teaches Introduction to Greek, Introduction to Hebrew, along with other classes in biblical studies, along with his administrative responsibilities relating to technology at ADC.
In addition to working, Danny is working on his PhD in New Testament studies through the University of Aberdeen at Highland Theological College. More than any of those achievements, Danny is most proud to call Maria his wife, Lex and Jack his sons, and Ella-Rose his little princess.
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Danny teaches in the area of biblical languages and New Testament.
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