Ryan and Kristen O’Leary are bringing the the truth of the gospel, which brings spiritual freedom and the hope of change, to Native American and First Nations people in North America. Ryan is an enrolled tribal member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota, and Kristen also grew up in northern Minnesota. Both have been involved in various ministries for over 20 years and indigenous ministry in various forms for over 15 years. They have already seen God’s hand using them to bring deeply needed spiritual realities such as faith, hope and love to tribal people.
Ryan will nurture indigenous Christian leaders, equip churches, and preach and teach God’s Word to see freedom and change come to Native people through CHIEF ministries. Kristen will support this ministry and work with women, children and other ministry opportunities that arise. They sense God leading them to love and serve this under-reached people group in North America who have some of the highest rates of social problems, including alcoholism, drug addition and suicide. They also see great potential as God raises up Native people to bring the hope found in Jesus to others around the world.