Established in 1997
In 1985 Jerry and Deanna Wright came to Arizona to serve as dorm parents and teachers at a mission school. Native Adult and Youth Ministries began in 1997, when Jerry saw the need to support Native American students. This was the beginning of Hope House and he facilitated the construction of Navajo Christian Foundation’s youth center and apartment building. Jerry continued as CEO and as a missionary until the Lord took him home in 2019. Deanna continues to serve as a support missionary and works as a full-time teacher at a Phoenix charter school.
Native Adult and Youth Ministries joined with Reaching Out with Christ’s Kingdom in 2004. Native American Youth ministries welcomed the ministries of ROCK, that included the Jelles at Hardrock, the McCormicks in Tucson and the Toews in Hopi.
Jerry and Deanna Wright
Setting the foundation
To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of CHRIST may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the SON of GOD, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of CHRIST. Ephesians 4:12-13
Christian indigenous peoples are most knowledgeable in reaching their people for Christ, therefore we work closely with ministries that keep this value a top priority. From our inception, we have had various tribes represented on our Board of Directors. Our desire is to continue to have an increasing number of indigenous staff.
Evangelical Christians must minister together demonstrating CHRIST’S love, therefore we have a variety of denominations represented on our Board of Directors as well as among our missionary staff. All who are associated with NAYM-ROCK are to be in agreement with our statement of faith.
NAYM-ROCK missionaries minister with existing ministries or individuals at the invitation of local indigenous people, therefore we do not seek to establish mission compounds or churches which would be under the authority of Native American Youth Ministries.