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Ray Aldred

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.
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Terry LeBlanc

Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq / Acadian. He and his wife Bev are in their 44th year of marriage. They have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. Terry holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary, specializing in Theology and Anthropology.

In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, he is also the founding Chair and current Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. Terry serves as adjunct professor at George Fox Seminary in Oregon, Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, William Carey International University in California, and Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, where he also resources the B.Ed. program.

Terry has accrued 38 years of ministry and community work in Native North American and global Indigenous contexts including as an educator in theology and community development practice. Terry’s teaching focus includes: Theology, Indigenous Christian Studies, 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. In May of 2015 Terry was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Acadia University.
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Cheryl Bear

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.
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Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc

Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc, 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.
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Jackie Ottman

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.
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Jennifer LeBlanc

Jennifer LeBlanc, M.Div., (Sioux Falls Seminary), is Mi’kmaq/Acadian, currently living in Montreal, PQ. She is the daughter of Terry and Bev LeBlanc, sister to Jeanine and Matt. Jennifer majored in History during her undergraduate work, with particular interest in Jewish history, literature and Hebrew language. She subsequently pursued and obtained an MDiv from Sioux Falls Seminary, focused on community ministry, in 2010.
Jennifer’s keen passion is language. She is currently studying at McGill University in the Admissions department where she works with Indigenous students and others in need of assistance in their studies.
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Wendy Peterson

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.
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Andy Reimer

Andy Reimer, Ph.D., (Sheffield University) is a biblical studies specialist with a lifelong interest in how gospel and culture go hand in hand. Growing up on the Canadian prairies, Andy spent part of his childhood living beside the Peguis First Nation while his father served as part-time minister in a local reserve church. Andy's PhD studies and subsequent academic research have explored themes of Christianity and culture.

Following his PhD studies, in addition to working as a full time biblical studies professor, Andy spent seven years working in an urban First Nations church context. Today, Andy splits his time between teaching/researching in biblical studies, and working on initiatives to make the Canadian oil industry safer.
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Julene Pommert

Julene Pommert. Julene is wife to Daniel, and mother of two homeschooled boys (14 and 17). Julene earned her BA and MA degrees in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, then went on to gain her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington. Her goal was to further mutually respectful ways of engaging in intercultural dialogues. During the writing of her dissertation she was involved in mentoring young women from her church, and found her calling in counseling and teaching. Since then, she has earned a second MA, this time in counseling psychology, with the goal of serving a metropolitan community and the Native American people who live in her urban setting. Her special interest is Native Historical Trauma, in large part due to her own family background.
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Patrick Scott

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.
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Danny Zacharias

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.

Feel free to contact Danny should you have any questions relating to technology problems or policies, or any questions about the ADC website.

Danny teaches in the area of biblical languages and New Testament.

Visit Danny Zacharias' personal website at
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Randy Woodley

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.
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Shari Russell

Shari Russell, Saulteaux, M.A., (Providence Theological Seminary)
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Catherine Schull

Catherine SchullMétis, M.A., (McGill University)
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Shalene Jobin

Shalene Jobin, Cree, Ph.D. (ABD), (University of Alberta)