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Meet the Founders of Eagle's Wings Ministry

Randy & Edith Woodley Biographical Info:

Randy Woodley is a recognized legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He has been active in Native American ministry for over two decades. Rev. Woodley achieved a Master of Divinity degree from Randy and Edith
Eastern Seminary (now Palmer) and is ordained by the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Randy is completing his PhD. in Inter-cultural Studies at Asbury Seminary. He is President, and co-founder of Eagle's Wings Ministry (inter-denominational) with his wife Edith, (Eastern Shoshone/Choctaw).

Edith Woodley is a graduate of Bacone Indian College and holds an Associate of Science degree. Edith is a member of the Eastern Band of Shoshone Indians from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where she was raised. She became a follower of Jesus in 1988 through the ministry of Teen Challenge. Besides her ministry among Native Americans she serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Eagle's Wings Ministry and is a full-time Homemaker. The Woodleys have four children, Leanna, Skye, Young and Redbird.

The Woodleys Together, the Woodleys use their gifts to minister God’s love to people. They are forerunners in the current move of God in what is today being called the Native American Contextual Movement. Randy is recognized as an associated leader within
the International Reconciliation Movement and its host network, AD2000 and Beyond. He is also a founding board member of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) and CIMA (Contextual Indian Ministries Alliance).

From 1994-2000 the Woodleys pastored the Eagle Valley Church in Carson City Nevada, which for years served as a unique role model of an authentic Native American Christian church. They are active in teaching, consulting and mentoring those starting churches and ministries among Native Americans across the U.S. and Canada through Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership & Ministry Development. Among other things, Eloheh Village provides short-term training of Native American ministry leaders to take an effective, contextual, holistic ministry back to their own reservations and communities in a culturally relevant way. The Woodley’s ministry model is called “Ministry, in a Good Way.”

On a historical note, Edith is a direct descendant of ancestors such as Shoshone War Chief Da-vi Gwesha, Curly - Crow Indian warrior and scout, John Enos - guide to Freemont and Bonneville, Choctaw Chief Alfred Wade and Enosh - the Flathead/Iroquois who (after retrieving Father De Smet) successfully brought the first Bible to the Northwest Indians-fulfilling a centuries old prophecy. She is also a relative of Shoshone Chief Washakie, Chief Joseph (Nez Perce), Chief Tendoi (Lemhi/Bannock) and Sacajawea. Her Shoshone clan affiliations are Yellow Bangs and White Knives.

Edith likes to spend her “free time” reading fiction books, doing bead work, making Indian jewelry and crafts, and shopping for the kids. Both Randy and Edith enjoy horseback riding, camping, travel and Native American dance as a family.

Randy also comes from a rich family heritage being a direct descendent of Gule-equah (meaning Big Acorn), a Chickamaugan Cherokee war chief and his father who was also war chief. The younger Chief Big Acorn was a signer of the Holston Treaty in 1791. Later he became a Cherokee “Old Settler” in Indian Territory. Randy has spent his life listening to the elders and also doing historical research about his own Keetoowah people and other tribes as well. He is from the Bird Clan. Leanna and her dad

Besides pastoring Randy has held such positions as the Executive Director of the Anadarko Christian Center, Coordinator for the Oklahoma Indian American Baptist Churches, Director of Student Development/Adjunct Professor for Bacone Indian College, visiting professor at numerous colleges and seminaries and Producer of Public Television's interfaith dialogue program- “House of the Lord.”

Randy Woodley founded organizations such as Cross Cultural Concerns, Christians For Justice and Eagle's Wings Ministry. In 1997 their church sponsored the festival for racial reconciliation “Colors of the Kingdom.” Randy’s hobbies include: Reading non-fiction, writing, cooking/eating exotic foods, fishing, hunting, gardening, learning languages, song writing, and traditional native arts and crafts.

Randy is the author of several books. His first book, Mixed Blood Not Mixed Up: Finding God-given Identity in a Multi-cultural World is a narrative of his own life and experiences. His second book released in September 2001 by Chosen (Baker) Books and then in 2004 by InterVarsity is entitled Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity. Missiologist Ralph Winter says Living in Color is “perhaps the most important book any American citizen could read who wants to truly understand global missions." Randy’s third book, When Going to Church is Sin and Other Essays on Native American Christian Missions is a collection of short essays relating to Native American ministry.

Randy’s writings and ministry have been featured on national television and radio programs and in magazines such as Charisma, Prism and Mission Frontiers. He has contributed chapters and articles in several other books. For a complete academic background and listing please refer to his curriculum vitae (CV).