He replaces Rev. Rich Avery, who completes his term as director this summer. The Native church communities and the whole Wesleyan Church are grateful for Rich’s heart and leadership for the good of WNM over the last five years.
Rev. Salway was recently elected by the Wesleyan Native Ministries board and that election was confirmed by the General Board in late March. He will continue to be lead pastor of the He Sapa New Life (Wesleyan Church) and lead the vast outreach of that church to the many Lakota communities in the Dakota region.
Administrative tasks for Wesleyan Native Ministries will be coordinated from the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division at Wesleyan Headquarters in Indianapolis. Since the 2012 General Conference, the CMAD division, led by Dr. Jim Dunn, has been given supervisory responsibility for WNM. The new leadership structure will include a Wesleyan Native Ministry Council and a separate foundation board. The direct supervision of local Native churches will continue to be the responsibility of the various districts where each church is located.
Dr. Dunn is deeply appreciative of Rev. Salway’s ministry and the privilege of joining together with him and all the Native leaders and other workers in the great task of discipling all the nations.