Eagle Wings Ministries: History & Mission

Eagle Wings Ministries  is the outgrowth of ministry in the Seattle area among Native People since 1988, initially as Seattle Intertribal Alliance church  and Hands of Creation a Native artists' cooperative.  

In 2003 Rodger Niemeier, former pastor of Seattle Intertribal Alliance, along with Bob LaFontaine (Chippewa), Gary Morrison (Haida), Lewis Johns (Quinault), and Jess Faber (Tsimshian), reorganized as Eagle Wings Native American Ministries - an independent church and ministry purposely focusing on recovery from chemical dependency and past abuse & trauma.   It became evident that the problems of widespread alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence, were symptomatic of a deeper, first-cause issue: unresolved PAIN from past abuse, trauma and historic trauma.  The present Board of Directors (Gary Morrison, Rodger & Sarah Niemeier, and Patrick Crew) direct Eagle Wings Ministries to be an effective Christ-based ministry to Native People for the purpose of healing from past abuse and finding wholeness & wellness in new life in Jesus Christ.

Eagle Wings Ministries enjoys a guiding, working relationship in association with  RISING ABOVE , a Christian Native counseling agency for recovery from abuse in Manitoba, Canada.  Eagle Wings assisted in Rising Above Conferences in 2011 at Puget Sound University (Tacoma, WA) and on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham WA in 2013.  Our Eagle Wings staff was involved in providing volunteer counseling and workshop presentations.     Please visit their website:   http://www.risingabove.ca/

                            Eagle Wings Ministries also enjoys a ministry relationship with Northwest Family Life                                           Counseling Agency  in Seattle WA, with founder & director, Dr Nancy Murphy:                             
​                              http://northwestfamilylife.org/  

Eagle Wings Ministries is chartered by The National Association of Christian Ministers  since 2010.   http://nacministers.com .   Eagle Wings Ministries  has been incorporated in the State of Washington
as a nonprofit church/ministry since 2003 and can receive tax-deductible donations (receipted annually).  Please see our SUPPORT page for more information on how to donate.

Gary Morrison (Haida)
Experienced chemical dependency counselor from Hydaburg, Alaska, Gary has also been in Christian ministries for over 20 years.  Gary is Board of Directors President for Eagle Wings Ministries, volunteer counselor at two Rising Above conferences, and active in his Native culture.
Rodger & Sarah Niemeier
A minister among Native People since 1974, Rodger focuses on recovery from chemical dependency and past abuse & trauma.  
Taught 13 years at the Thunderbird Treatment Center of the Seattle Indian Healh Board; church planter/founder of former Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church and present Eagle Wings Ministries.  Volunteer teacher & counselor at two Rising Above Conferences;  online workshop presenter and Vice President of the National Association of Christian Ministers; adjunct professor with Bakke Graduate University.

Sarah (Kahaloa) is Native Hawaiian, born on the Big Island, experiencing extensive abuse by an alcoholic father and later by her first husband. Healing from and building on that experience, Sarah is a compassionate domestic violence advocate and personal minister for recovering from past abuse; volunteer counselor for two Rising Above conferences as well.
Meet Our Staff
Patrick Crew
Recovered from several years of heroin addiction, Pat is a committed Christian, avid fisherman, professional tile setter, and a remarkable encourager.  He serves Eagle Wings as Board of Directors member and long time participant.  He loves to share his Life Story and how Christ changed his life and set him free from addiction.