Equipping and Developing Local Churches that Matter

Our Mission

To encourage and develop local churches that matter in our world.

Our Vision

That in every First Nations context the local church would reach its full potential—worshiping in full devotion, attracting the seekers, mobilizing believers, restoring families, changing communities, affecting the world.

A Brief Introduction to LHNM

Latest News

Created for a Purpose

By Stuart Swartzentruber

My Mom likes old things. She had antiques around our house when I was growing up and still has many around today. One item in particular that I remember from my youth is an old black iron. My Mom used it for a door stop, and I remember stubbing my toes on it many times with my bare feet.

That iron was created long ago to be used to take wrinkles out of clothes. It was designed and built with that purpose specifically in mind. It can also make an amazing door stop or a book end, but the purpose and potential it was designed for is missed when it is used in that way.

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Financial Review

We are pleased to be able to provide you with LHNM’s financial overview for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022. LHNM believes in accountability and as such is a member of the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities. Part of that accountability is having an external financial audit done annually. We are grateful to God and his people for financial provisions. Thank you for choosing to support Living Hope Native Ministries through your prayers and finances. With so many needs around the world we are humbled that you choose to give toward this ministry. LHNM wants to steward the gifts given responsibly.

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Hopelines September 2022

A quarterly publication presenting news and stories of Living Hope Native Ministries, a partnership dedicated to serving the First Nations of Ontario. Several informational evenings were held in Pennsylvania and[…]

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It is a God-ordained privilege to work in partnerships that include both Canada’s First Peoples and those of other ethnic heritages. The history of European efforts to relate to these people groups is not entirely flattering – it is in some aspects shameful. Now, in our time, it seems imperative that peer relationships built upon trust and respect help to express what the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ means.

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Our Staff

We serve First Nations communities throughout Ontario in both urban and remote areas.

Kevin and Norma Moore


Stuart and Delores Swartzentruber

Thunder Bay

Rob and Joy Weaver
Abbey, Sam, Jude, Micah


LaMar and Janice Weaver

Red Lake

Colleen Estes


Merle and Rita Nisly

Red Lake

Wendell and Lila Graber

Sault Ste. Marie

Jeff and Mary Kirkpatrick
Stephen, CJ, Isaac

Thunder Bay

Jamie and Rhonda Thornton

Parry Sound

Arthur and Iris Lyndaker
Evan, Olivia

Red Lake

Eun Sik Lee and Chun Ok Kim

Grassy Narrows

Ken and Sondra Funk

Nipigon/Thunder Bay

Rob and Sharlene Dilts

Golden Lake

Stan and Sally Bragg


Beverly and Sebai Yaman
Boaz, Zaccai, Galilee

Thunder Bay

Andrew and Kristin Lang
Kalia, Samantha, Johnathan, Amelia

Thunder Bay

Our Board of Directors

Clarence Meekis

Clarence has a lifelong connection with the ministry agencies that have been active in northwestern Ontario. He currently works as an infrastructure specialist with Ontario First Nations Technical Services, in Thunder Bay, ON. He is an elder in the local church, New Hope Fellowship. He is married to Karyn, and is the father of three children.

Albert James

Albert lives in Red Lake, ON, with his wife Ida. They have four children, and several grandchildren. Albert is a co-owner of a fishing and hunting lodge located on McDowell Lake First Nation. They are actively involved at Forestry Fellowship Centre, where Albert is an elder.

David Traintinger

David and Wendy live in Nipigon, ON, where David works as a water treatment specialist for the city. They are the parents of three children, and several grandchildren. They are actively involved in the local church.

Eric Sinclair

Eric has served on the board for the past three years. He works as a Family Well-being Worker in Kenora, ON. He is married to Michelle, and is the father of two children. Eric and Michelle are actively involved in Kenora Bible Church.

Matthew Funk

Matt grew up in Red Lake and Thunder Bay. He is now living in PA with his wife and 4 daughters, one of whom is now married. Matt served as an associate pastor for 11 years at Buffalo Community Church and is now working full-time as an insurance agent.
(United States Board)

Eldo Miller

Eldo Miller has a lifelong connection to Northwestern Ontario and to the missions agencies there. He works as a travel agent with Golden Rule Travel in Hutchinson, Kansas. He and his wife, Dorcas, are active in their local church. They have seven children.
(United States Board)

Sheldon Swartzentruber

Sheldon and Sylvia Swartzentruber live in Greenwood, DE. Sheldon serves on the USA board of LHNM. They have a long relationship with ministries in northwestern Ontario, and are also very active in church and local ministries in their home area.
(United States Board)

Anthony Shapwaykeesic

Anthony and Roberta have 8 children and 21 grandchildren. They split their time between Thunder Bay and Whitesand First Nation near Armstrong. Anthony has worked in many contexts, currently as Family Advocate for Namaygoosisagagun First Nation. He loves fishing, hunting, berry picking, anything outdoors.