posted November 25, 2007

Co-Founder of Native American Mission Program to Speak

Richard Twiss, who is co-founder and president of Wiconi International, a mission organization focused on working with Native peoples, will present the address "Drumming, Dancing, Chanting, and Other Christian Things" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Hope College in Cook Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Twiss is a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Tribe. As co-founder and president of Wiconi International, he is committed to seeing Native people worldwide emerge into a powerful place of ministry in reconciliation and healing within the Body of Christ.

He has spoken at more than a hundred churches and at colleges and universities across North America, and has been a national conference speaker for Promise Keepers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He is a member of the International Reconciliation Coalition, Mission America National Committee, and appeared as a guest on the "Focus on the Family" radio program.

He was a pastor for 13 years and has worked with the International and American Bible societies to help produce scriptures for Native people. He consults with denominational and para?church leaders and dozens of local churches to raise awareness for the Native work. In addition, he is a professional consultant, conducting diversity awareness seminars in the business community. He is a North American leader of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People Movement.

Twiss is author of the book "One Church Many Tribes - Serving Jesus the Way God Made You" (Regal Books), which articulates a fresh biblical vision for Native people. He writes a bimonthly column titled "Smoke Signals" for "Charisma Magazine."

In 1972, he was a participant in the forced occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building, in Washington, D.C., with the American Indian Movement or "AIM."

Twiss is a doctoral student at Asbury Seminary. He currently lives in Vancouver, Wash., with his wife of 30 years, Katherine, and their four sons.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., at Columbia Avenue and 12th Street.