Native American Ministry

During his first Pastoral Address, given at the 215th Annual Council in 2010, Bishop Shannon noted the need for ministry with Native Americans, highlighting it as one of his priorities for the Diocese. Bishop Shannon encouraged churches to get involved, especially with Native American tribes located in Virginia. Out of that was born the Native American Ministry team, which is comprised of members of the Diocese who are interested in and passionate about Native American Ministries. The co-chairs are Jean Mary Taylor and Nellie Adkins (540-869-0579540-869-0579).

Mission Statement

Nellie Adkins, co-chair of Native American Ministries for the Diocese, celebrates the opening of the Pamunkey School House

"To keep alive the rich heritage of our ancestors; to keep the flames of peace, love and fellowship with our Indian brothers and sisters forever aglow; to give glory to the Great Spirit - our Lord Jesus Christ."

Native American Day

In the spring of 2014, the Native American Ministry team will host Native American Ministry Day, an event for all those interested in supporting and learning more about the Diocese of Virginia's Native American ministries. Among other topics of discussion, we will provide updates on our ministries in Oklahoma and South Dakota. Please contact co-chair of the Native American Ministry team Jean Mary Taylor for more information.

St. Mark's, Beazley

This historic building, which once housed an Episcopal congregation, was purchased by the Rappahannock tribe in the 1960's to serve as a worship space for the Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church. However, that congregation built a new church and moved next door.

Now, the Native American Ministry team, in partnership with the Rappahannock tribe and churches around the Diocese, are involved in renovating and refurbishing the old church.

"[The project] is a good partnership, a good way to reconnect with the native Virginians," says Kirk Richardson, a member of the Native American Ministry team and the Rappahannock tribe. He hopes that the project will "help form a friendship, help form a bond between the Diocese of Virginia and the Rappahannock tribe of Virginia."

Check out this article from the Winter 2012 Edition of The Virginia Episcopalian Magazine  for more information regarding the church restoration. A correction and further explanation can be found here under the heading "Corrections," published in the Summer 2012 Edition.

Pamunkey Reservation Relationship

Read about the partnership between the Pamunkey tribe and the Diocese of Virginia in this article from the January 2010 edition of The Virginia Episcopalian Magazine about the renovation and 100th anniversary of the one-room schoolhouse on the Pamunkey Reservation in King William County.

The Kelly Foundation

Founded by parishioners at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, the Kelly Foundation works in partnership with The Center Pole and Executive Director Peggy White Wellknown Buffalo, a member of the Crow Indian Tribe in Montana.  Together, these organizations have been serving the youth and families of the Crow Indian Reservation for over a decade. Through the Kelly Foundation and the Diocese of Virginia, youths from the Reservation have been able to attend Shrine Mont summer camps on scholarships since 1998.

Churches who work in Native American Ministries:

Abingdon Church, White Marsh2013-Present, sent their youth group to assist the renovations of St. Mark's, Beazley, and to visit the Mattaponi Indian Reservation with youth from St. John's, West Point.

Calvary Church, Front Royal, 1992-Present, sponsored a bible camp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They are planning a mission trip to the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota for the summer of 2014.

Christ Church, Winchester, visited Pine Ridge Reservation, SD with Calvary, Front Royal, operating a week-long vacation bible school on the reservation.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke, 2009, visited the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland with their youth.

Church of the Incarnation, Mineral, 2009, established a relationship with the Monacan Indian Nation on Bear Mountain, VA.

Emmanuel, Delaplane, alongside Calvary, Front Royal, ran a week-long vacation bible school on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Grace Church, The Plains2006-Present, is continuing to explore their relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.

Historic Christ Church, Alexandria2007-2012, brought a vacation bible school to St. John's Episcopal Mission Church in Montezuma Creek, Utah, Navajoland, paired with outreach to the community and participation in a traditional feast.

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria1999-Present, supports the ministry of the Kelly Foundation and the Center Pole on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Immanuel Old Church Mechanicsville, 2006, gathered school supplies and money for winter fuel to serve the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD.

Leeds Church, Markham, 2008-Present, has a long history of mission trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Region II, 2011-Present, has been heavily involved in the reconstruction efforts at St. Mark's, Beazley.

St. Gabriel's, Leesburg, 2006, visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with Calvary, Front Royal, running a week-long vacation bible school on the reservation.

St. George's, Fredericksburg, 2006-Present, assisted in the rebuilding and renovation of St. Mark's, Beazley, and continues to nurture a relationship with the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

St. John's, West Point2009-Present, helped renovate the old school house on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation and supported the Mattaponi Indian Reservation through Spirit Rising. Along with youth from Abingdon Church, White Marsh, the youth of St. John's visited the Mattaponi Indian reservation.

St. Luke's, Alexandria, 2006-Present, has a particular interest in supporting the vocational indigenous farming program for developmentally disabled youth and the development of a formation program for indigenous deacons and priests. They have taken a pilgrimage to Porcupine, South Dakota, to be with the Lakota people, and have a relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.

St. Mark's, Alexandria, 2007-2009, has an established relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.

St. Mark's, Richmond, 2010, visited the Pamunkey Indian Reservation with Trinity Church, Fredericksburg.

St. Mary's, Colonial Beach, has a relationship with both the Pamunkey and the Rappahanock tribes.

St. Matthew's, Richmond2012-Present, visited the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.

St. Peter's, Arlington, 2006-2007, conducted building projects and summer vacation bible schools on the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, in conjunction with St. George's, Fredericksburg.

St. Peter's, New Kent, 2013, visited the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.

St. Stephen's, Catlett, has, with their youth group, visited the Monacan Indian Nation at Natural Bridge, working in partnership with them in the spirit of mission.

St. Timothy's, Herndon, 2007-Present, has an ongoing relationship with the Lakota people at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Trinity Church, Fredericksburg, 2008-Present, visited the Pamunkey Indian Reservation with St. Mark's, Richmond. They also have a relationship with the Rappahanock Tribe.

Virginia Tribes

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Tell Us More 

Are you interested in getting involved with our Native American ministries?  Do you have an existing ministry or connection?  Send your comments to Jean Mary Taylor or Nellie Adkins (540-869-0579540-869-0579).