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Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk

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Leadership Team

Phone: (502) ***-****  HQ Phone
Native Ministries
17109 Polo Fields Lane
Louisville , Kentucky 40245
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Cheyenne River Lakota Chapel

Education

  • Masters degree , preparation
19 Total References
Web References
Gerald Yellowhawk Recognized as Respected Elder — Wesleyan Native Ministries
wesleyannativeministries.org, 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
Gerald Yellowhawk Recognized as Respected Elder
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A Respected Elder - Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk has been recognized as Respected Elder for Wesleyan Native Ministries.
"We are honoring Dr. Yellowhawk for his lifetime of ministry as a pastor, district superintendent, leader, mentor and friend in The Wesleyan Church and Wesleyan Native Ministries," said Rev. Rich Avery, WNM's director.
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Jerry, as his friends call him, graduated from WNM's former Brainerd Bible School in 1960 with degrees in human services and religion. His first congregation was in Pierre, SD, where Jerry served as an associate pastor for five years.
From Pierre he went to Eagle Butte, SD, on the Cheyenne River Reservation (where he grew up), and founded the Cheyenne River Lakota Chapel. He pastored there for eighteen years. In 1985 the Yellowhawks moved to Rapid City, SD when Jerry took a position with Wesleyan Native Ministries. He worked for us in various capacities, including district superintendent, until his retirement in 2001.
In his retirement years, Jerry has continued his call by working on a Lakota translation of the Bible. According to a feature article in the Fall, 2007 edition of Black Hills Faces magazine:
Existing Lakota translations date to the late 1800s and were literal translations written by non-Native missionaries. Jerry recognized the need to translate the Bible into the everyday language of the Lakota people in ways that would speak to their hearts - and there was no one more qualified to take on this project than a Lakota man who had Christian convictions and a wealth of experience pastoring his people.
So far, with the help of grants and a few assistants, he has finished the book of Luke and is part-way through Acts. It is a long and complex process, but Jerry is undeterred. "It's very necessary. It's more human for us in Lakota," he says.
Aside from his translation work, Jerry is spending his retirement painting, beadworking, traveling to art show and pow-wows, and guest-speaking at churches - as well as enjoying the legacy of seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Whatever he does, Gerald Yellowhawk's work is rooted in the deep values of his Lakota and Christian heritage. "It's been a good journey," he says.
Jerry also serves on the Native Ministry Leadership Team in the Dakota District of The Wesleyan Church, and he preaches in the Eagle Butte church once a month.
We celebrate Jerry, and his wife Johanna, for over 50 years of humble and faithful service to the Lord - "Still following the risen Son," as he likes to say. And we're grateful for his willingness to serve with us as Respected Elder.
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Writings of Jerry Yellowhawk
News — Wesleyan Native Ministries
wesleyannativeministries.org [cached]
Jerry Yellowhawk Wesleyan Native Ministries Leadership Fund More Native people have crossed the line of faith in Jesus Christ over the last few years than at any other time in our 65-year history. Lives are being changed, and families and communities are being transformed like never before.
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Your generous gift will honor Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk's legacy of more than 40 years of transformational leadership in Native Ministry in The Wesleyan Church, and will ensure that these and other new Native leaders will be equipped with the skills and tools needed to overcome the challenges they'll face as they minister in under-resourced communities.
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Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Wesleyan Native Ministries
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk accepts his lifetime achievement award.
General Superintendent Dr. Jerry Pence presented a lifetime achievement award to Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, a Wesleyan Native leader and Respected Elder, on June 5, 2012 at the Wesleyan Church's 12th General Conference, held in Lexington Kentucky.
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Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk placed his faith in Christ in 1953, at age 18. Married to Johanna, he has pioneered new churches and served as district superintendent of the Wesleyan Native District.
He has also assisted Wycliffe Bible Translators in providing a version in his native Lakota language. In 1995, Oklahoma Wesleyan University conferred a doctorate of divinity to Yellowhawk.
Dr. Yellowhawk is retired now, but still preaches at the Lakota Chapel in Eagle Butte, SD from time to time, and still influences others to answer the call to minister. His grandson, Steve, is one of those who has answered the call and is now working on his Masters degree in preparation.
"The sun is setting for me, but there are young men obeying and answering the call," said Rev. Yellowhawk.
Before concluding his acceptance speech, Rev. Yellowhawk prayed for the crowd in his native Lakota language.
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Writings of Jerry Yellowhawk
News | Media | Department of Communications | The Wesleyan Church
wwww.wesleyan.org, 11 Jan 2011 [cached]
Leading the Bible translation project is Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, a retired Wesleyan minister.
News — Wesleyan Native Ministries
wesleyannativeministries.org [cached]
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Continues Decades-Long Lakota Bible Translation
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Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, our Respected Elder, continues his work of translating the Bible into the Lakota Language.
This Lakota translation project began in 1960 when several Native believers came together and decided it was important to have the scriptures accurately translated into the heart language of the Lakota people.
The project was on and off for a number of years until 1999, when Dr. Yellowhawk was asked by Wycliff to revive it. Now sponsored by the American Bible Society, the work progresses on a weekly basis.
Lakota Translation Community Testing Team
Dr. Yellowhawk and other translators first individually work on a section of text.
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From left to right (front row): Jerry Yellowhawk, translator; Rosalie Little Thunder, translator; Carla Marshall, book keeper; (back row) Ben Black Bear, translator; Steve Berneking, American Bible Society consultant; Jack Rushing, Exegetical Resource Facilitator.
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Gerald Yellowhawk Recognized as Respected Elder
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A Respected Elder - Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk has been recognized as Respected Elder for Wesleyan Native Ministries.
"We are honoring Dr. Yellowhawk for his lifetime of ministry as a pastor, district superintendent, leader, mentor and friend in The Wesleyan Church and Wesleyan Native Ministries," said Rev. Rich Avery, WNM's director.
...
Jerry, as his friends call him, graduated from WNM's former Brainerd Bible School in 1960 with degrees in human services and religion. His first congregation was in Pierre, SD, where Jerry served as an associate pastor for five years.
From Pierre he went to Eagle Butte, SD, on the Cheyenne River Reservation (where he grew up), and founded the Cheyenne River Lakota Chapel. He pastored there for eighteen years. In 1985 the Yellowhawks moved to Rapid City, SD when Jerry took a position with Wesleyan Native Ministries. He worked for us in various capacities, including district superintendent, until his retirement in 2001.
In his retirement years, Jerry has continued his call by working on a Lakota translation of the Bible. According to a feature article in the Fall, 2007 edition of Black Hills Faces magazine:
Existing Lakota translations date to the late 1800s and were literal translations written by non-Native missionaries. Jerry recognized the need to translate the Bible into the everyday language of the Lakota people in ways that would speak to their hearts - and there was no one more qualified to take on this project than a Lakota man who had Christian convictions and a wealth of experience pastoring his people.
So far, with the help of grants and a few assistants, he has finished the book of Luke and is part-way through Acts. It is a long and complex process, but Jerry is undeterred. "It's very necessary. It's more human for us in Lakota," he says.
Aside from his translation work, Jerry is spending his retirement painting, beadworking, traveling to art show and pow-wows, and guest-speaking at churches - as well as enjoying the legacy of seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Whatever he does, Gerald Yellowhawk's work is rooted in the deep values of his Lakota and Christian heritage. "It's been a good journey," he says.
Jerry also serves on the Native Ministry Leadership Team in the Dakota District of The Wesleyan Church, and he preaches in the Eagle Butte church once a month.
We celebrate Jerry, and his wife Johanna, for over 50 years of humble and faithful service to the Lord - "Still following the risen Son," as he likes to say. And we're grateful for his willingness to serve with us as Respected Elder.
...
Writings of Jerry Yellowhawk
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Receives Lifetime Achievement Award — Wesleyan Native Ministries
wesleyannativeministries.org, 8 June 2011 [cached]
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
...
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk accepts his lifetime achievement award.
General Superintendent Dr. Jerry Pence presented a lifetime achievement award to Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, a Wesleyan Native leader and Respected Elder, on June 5, 2012 at the Wesleyan Church's 12th General Conference, held in Lexington Kentucky.
...
Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk placed his faith in Christ in 1953, at age 18. Married to Johanna, he has pioneered new churches and served as district superintendent of the Wesleyan Native District.
He has also assisted Wycliffe Bible Translators in providing a version in his native Lakota language. In 1995, Oklahoma Wesleyan University conferred a doctorate of divinity to Yellowhawk.
Dr. Yellowhawk is retired now, but still preaches at the Lakota Chapel in Eagle Butte, SD from time to time, and still influences others to answer the call to minister. His grandson, Steve, is one of those who has answered the call and is now working on his Masters degree in preparation.
"The sun is setting for me, but there are young men obeying and answering the call," said Rev. Yellowhawk.
Before concluding his acceptance speech, Rev. Yellowhawk prayed for the crowd in his native Lakota language.
...
Writings of Jerry Yellowhawk
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