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Sanctuary Faith Trails

380 SW 5Th St.

Madras, Oregon 97741

United States

Company Description

Sanctuary and Faith Trails continue to deliver food aide packages, as funding allows, consisting of good lean protein, fresh produce, and hygiene products that average 35lbs each. We have delivered just over 2,000 lbs of food. The goal is to feed a family ... more

Background Information

Employment History


Sanctuary Faith Trails

Head Wrangler

Brasada Ranch Inc

Youth Pastor

United Methodist Church

Lay Member

United Methodist Church


Faith Trails


law degree

psychology , anthropology and education

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We also would like to have at least four youth make the commitment to learn to compete in the National Reigned Cow Horse Association.• We will continue to have Chris, and possibly other adults in the program, registered as contacts with the school system.

Chris Buller, Director Phone: (541) 475-3115Cell: (541)-460-0177

Equestrian Events Bend Oregon | Brasada Ranch | Events in Bend Oregon [cached]

Experienced riders are sure to get their fill of adventure, riding with our head wrangler, Chris Buller, and his team.

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By September first we need to provide stable long-term housing for Pastor Chris in his role a clergy for Sanctuary and director of Faith Trails. Currently Chris and his family have a six-month rental in Madras.We also must meet the need for the operational costs of our programs and ministry as they mature.

Chris Buller, Director Phone: (541) 475-3115Cell: (541)-460-0177

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I want to share some recent developments in the relationship between The United Methodist Church and the work of Chris Buller, who has been working with Native Americans on the Warm Springs Reservation, a ministry that has been supported by the Annual Conference.

Chris has shared with me his decision that he no longer desires to conduct his work under the auspices of The United Methodist Church.While he acknowledges the importance of the support he received from local congregations and the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, Chris believes at this time that separating his work from the Church offers him the best opportunity for success.
This decision means that Chris should not assume that he can depend on United Methodist sources (churches or individuals) for any future efforts to raise funds for "Sanctuary" or "Faith Trails."Any request for consideration for funding from United Methodist sources must be routed through the senior pastor of the churches or through appropriate channels in the churches before any contact is made with any individual members.He will no longer identify "Faith Trails" or "Sanctuary" as operating under the auspices of The United Methodist Church.
Chris has also decided without hesitation or reserve that he no longer desires to be a candidate for ministry in The United Methodist Church.Additionally, he has no interest in pursuing licensing as a local pastor.The candidacy process and the local pastor licensing may have eventually led him into ordained or licensed ministry as a pastor of The United Methodist Church.This means that Chris remains a lay member of The United Methodist Church, but that he has no status as an ordained clergyperson of our denomination.
I am deeply disappointed and sorry that Chris has come to the decision to move "Sanctuary" and "Faith Trails" away from The United Methodist Church and that he has chosen to withdraw from the candidacy process.The United Methodist Church both as an Annual Conference and through individual churches and congregations has invested a considerable amount of financial support and has offered other kinds of moral and spiritual support.
At the same time, I hold Chris and his family and his work in prayer and invite you to do the same.

KRT Wire | 03/30/2005 | Youth pastor teaches children to train horses [cached]

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. - Chris Buller first saw the spark a year ago.

The fledgling youth pastor was trying to connect with a group of American Indian boys who regarded him with stony silence.
He began to talk about his love of wild horses and his years training the smart but unpredictable creatures.
Suddenly, the boys opened up.Buller had discovered their passion.
For years, the gung-ho, 38-year-old cowboy had run from a religious calling that went back three generations in his family.But after his discovery that the boys were eager to learn to train wild horses, Buller began a mission that led him this month to San Juan Capistrano, and the old town's annual Swallows Day Parade.
Thirteen boys and girls from the Warm Springs Reservation rode the wild mustang and appaloosa they had trained with Buller's help.When the time came for them to parade their charges, the sky opened and poured rain on them.But the showers ended pretty quickly, and the rain wasn't enough to dampen their joy.
"Our horses were phenomenal," Buller said later."As well behaved as any out there."
A few hours later, they watched as four of the 10 horses were sold at auction, and Buller and the kids hope to sell them all, in part to raise funds for Buller's reservation programs, and in part so they don't have to trailer them all the way back to Oregon.
"We did better (selling) here than we would have done at home," Buller said of Miho, Sweet, Try, Heeler, Doc and five other horses that had roamed the 644,000-acre reservation before trekking here.
"And some of the horses that are left, they're going to go for a great price."
Buller, who wears a buzz cut and stands 6 feet 3 inches tall with his cowboy boots on, is known as a risk-taker who makes things happen through the sheer force of his will.
All along, he scoffed at naysayers back home who told him the horses might get skittish and bolt the parade route or that the middle- and high-school kids would struggle with keeping up their grades while they spent time getting to know their mounts.
Buller is no stranger to the Swallows Day Parade, with its Wild West spirit and spotlight on horses.He's attended several for years during visits to his wife's grandmother in Dana Point.
But it was after last year's parade that he got a brainstorm.Why not work with the reservation kids to train the wild horses - with the parade as the incentive?
And why not hold a horse auction to introduce the Orange County equestrian community to some newly tamed members of the reservation's wild herds?
Most important for Buller, the trip is giving the kids a glimpse at life away from the reservation, which is home to about 4,000 members of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute tribes.
"They're seeing guys who work out in nature - guys who train horses and make big bucks, park rangers who are government workers and stay outside and ride horses," said Buller, youth pastor at the United Methodist Church in Madras, Ore., a town of 5,000 near the reservation.
"They're seeing the possibilities.
On a Saturday afternoon a week before the parade, 17-year-old Jordan Caldera watched warily as Buller prepared to put the reins on Miho, a wild-eyed appaloosa.
"No, he's just insecure," Buller said, as he slowly approached Miho, looking him straight in the eye."He needs to learn confidence from you.He can do anything."
Career-wise, Buller has been all over the map.It was a way to escape his destiny.
His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all Methodist ministers.
Buller approached the ministry in his own way.
Buller had plenty of skeptics on the reservation.To them, he was simply the latest white guy riding into town to thump the Bible at them.
He proved them wrong.
Buller learned that the surest way to earn respect on the reservation is to keep promises.
There was the day he was to meet several kids at a small rodeo on the farthest corner of the reservation.It was cold and rainy, and friends told him he should stay home.
He went anyway, and sure enough, five of the kids had ridden there in the downpour - two without jackets.
"I didn't want to be the white guy who let them down," Buller said.
His ability to take a joke is another plus.And he's got the kids' self-deprecating humor down cold.
When they realized they were washing the horses with Suave Aloe Vera shampoo, the kids gave Buller a ribbing.
"It works as well as the other kind," Buller said."And one thing about Chris is he's cheap."
Buller worked all the kids hard, she said, insisting they maintain a C grade-point average, attend study hall and help at fund-raisers in addition to spending time with the horses.
"He told me that the wolf you feed is the one that will rule your life," Buller said."My goal is to build hope because I believe hope is what dispels evil in people's lives."
True to his maverick nature, Buller is hoping to buck the usual church regulations if he is ordained as a minister.He has told church leaders that he doesn't want to move to another community.
Instead, he wants to build a cowboy church on the reservation - a place that can serve as a center of the social life.
"We started out with riding lessons and feeding the kids," Buller said.

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