NACOS provides a unique pathway to becoming an assigned pastor for those that hear the call ministry later in life. But the decision to heed the call can be challenging, and life changing. We thought it might be helpful and perhaps even inspirational to see and hear the stories of current and former NACOS students and instructors. They are at the heart of an amazing and impactful growth in Native American ministry across the country.
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Pastor Danira Parra reflects on the Spirit’s calling in her life and her 46 year journey to becoming a pastor. She is currently the Pastor of Dayspring NAUMC and Faith UMC in Peoria, Illinois.
Dayspring is vibrant and growing fellowship that blends many Native spiritual traditions and symbols with traditional Methodist worship elements. The result is a truly unique and meaningful worship experience.
Todd Williamson is a non-Native American ministering on the Gun Lake Reservation near Grand Rapids, Michigan. His search for meaning and harmony led him to embrace the deep spiritual nature in the Native American traditions and rituals. In this unscripted conversation, Todd recognizes a new wave of spiritual awakening that is beginning and will be led by a Native American movement.
Pastor Todd Williamson is enrolled in NACOS and is Pastor of two NAUMC Churches serving the Gunn Lake Tribe near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Pastor Calvin Hill ministers on the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana. His unique and community-oriented ministry brings hope and hands-on care to his parish through innovative and meaningful programs. Through it all, Pastor Hill embraces and respects the “Two Sides” of the road that leads to God—”the natural revelation that comes from my traditional ways and the special revelation that comes through the gospel.”
The result is a truly special ministry with many lessons for effective ministry in a Native Community.