At IVP, we are committed to supporting our Indigenous, Native American, and First Nations authors by elevating their voices for the benefit of the whole church. Meet some of these authors below, and learn more about how IVP amplifies authors of color and women authors. You can also hear from many of these diverse voices on IVP's Every Voice Now podcast.
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he teaches with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. He is one of the leading authorities on the 15th-century’s Doctrine of Discovery and its influence on US history and its intersection with modern-day society.
Richard Twiss (1954–2013) was the founder and president of Wiconi International, a nonprofit that works for the betterment of Native people and communities by advancing culture, education, spirituality, and social justice in the spirit of Jesus. A member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, he is the author of One Church, Many Tribes and Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys. Twiss worked as national director of Native ministries for the International Bible Society and was the U.S. representative for the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People Movement. A board member of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association), he was a cofounder of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) and Evangelicals for Justice.
Terry M. Wildman (Ojibwe and Yaqui) is the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the First Nations Version. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity. He is also the founder of Rain Ministries and has previously served as a pastor and worship leader. He and his wife, Darlene, live in Arizona.
Randy Woodley (PhD, Asbury Seminary) is distinguished professor of faith and culture at Portland Seminary, Portland, Oregon. He and his wife co-sustain Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice and Eloheh Farm & Seeds in Yamhill, Oregon. Randy is an activist/scholar, distinguished teacher, and wisdom keeper whose expertise has been sought in national venues such as Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Christianity Today. Randy was raised near Detroit, Michigan, and is a Cherokee descendent recognized by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. His books includeLiving in Color, Becoming Rooted, Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview, Decolonizing Evangelicalism, and Shalom and the Community of Creation.