Terry and Bev LeBlanc
Following almost 9 years as Aboriginal Programs manager with World Vision Canada Terry took up a position first as National Programs then Executive Director with My People International – a holistic, training-focused ministry program with and for Native North Americans. This is his current position. Terry has served in full-time Native ministry since 1979, has been ordained since 1983.
Active in Native Canadian affairs for many years, Terry has served the Native community in a variety of training and facilitative capacities. As a panellist for Sacred Assembly ’95, organized by Native Canadian Member of Parliament, Elijah Harper, Terry co-authored the event’s Reconciliation and Principles documents. In 1998 he served as co-chair of the second World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People held in North America and is currently serving as one of the movement’s international “Keepers of the Vision.” His other work includes the Aboriginal Ministries Council under the EFC and membership on the board of Inter-Varsity, Canada.
In his regular work with indigenous communities Terry facilitates asset-based planning and development workshops on holistic, sustainable community development methodologies for indigenous peoples. The focus is on positive community growth and change. He mentors others in the same process. He, of course, is also actively engaged in those same communities, helping Native men and women embrace the person, work, teaching, life, death and resurrection of Jesus – as indigenous people.
Trained in reconciliation process, Terry has spoken and taught in many contexts not only in North America but elsewhere in the world on principles and practices of reconciliation including South Africa, Rwanda, New Zealand and Australia. Terry speaks often on the development of cultural bridges between Aboriginal people and the majority cultures. He has participated in many reconciliation events across the world.
In June of 2010, Terry will be recognized for his contribution to Christian Mission as the 28th recipient of the E.H. Johnson Award during the 136th sitting of the Presbyterian General Assembly. Past recipients include Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Church and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Terry has taught as a sessional lecturer at various colleges, seminaries and universities, and as guest lecturer and speaker at educational institutions across Canada and the United States. He is one of the founders and current Chair of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), a new approach to biblical and theological reflection, writing and education for Native North Americans. He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty for Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. He is completing his PhD in Intercultural Studies this year.