Encouraging 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

On the Path to Reconciliation

By Andrew Lang

I recently attended a gathering put on by the former students of the Mennonite-run residential schools.  During the gathering I was able to listen to many stories from the former students about their experiences while at residential schools. Those stories included physical abuses, an encounter with the one true God, sexual abuses, memories of loving staff sharing their love for God with them, neglect, the formation of life-long friendships, and cultural abuses amongst other experiences.

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Partnership

Living Hope hired Rodney Martin in August as Public Relations Director. He is originally from Constance Lake and pastored in Sachigo Lake for a time. His contribution to the organization is invaluable. Here is his perspective on partnership: 

What does partnership look like? The question when posed seemed to baffle me, because it was something I never really thought about. So when I looked up the definition, this is what I found: A partnership consists of two or more people who combine their resources for a greater purpose.

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Christmas Update

By Andrew Lang

As 2023 draws to a close, I am amazed at how I’ve seen God at work through our staff and associate team this year. It has been such an encouraging journey, and I am looking forward to what God will do in this coming year. Since reflecting and celebrating is such a major theme in the Bible I thought it would be fitting to talk about some exciting things we’ve seen God do through us and what we are planning for the future.

Here’s what we are excited about:

  • VBS started back up with a team going to Pikangikum.
  • We hired Rodney Martin for the position of Public Relations Director.
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An
Invitation

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

Sudbury

Stuart and Delores Swartzentruber

Thunder Bay

Andrew and Kristin Lang
Kalia, Samantha, Johnathan, Amelia

Thunder Bay

Colleen Estes

Pikangikum

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

Beverly and Sebai Yaman
Boaz, Zaccai, Galilee

Thunder Bay

Merle and Rita Nisly

Red Lake

Rodney and Betsy Martin

Thunder Bay

Our Associates

Associates are affiliated with Living Hope Native Ministries but are supported through other ministries or self supported.

Stan and Sally Bragg

Saugeen

Rob and Sharlene Dilts
Jonathan

Golden Lake

Rob and Joy Weaver
Abbey, Sam, Jude, Micah

Morson

Ken and Sondra Funk

Nipigon/Thunder Bay

LaMar and Janice Weaver

Red Lake

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.

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.

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.

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)