Brig & Chris Judy

Brig & Chris Judy are missionaries with NAIM in Canada.

NAIM stands for Native Anerican Indigenous Ministries.

Naim Vision:
Naim is committed to covenant relationships with First Nations Churches, creating vibrant ministry in their communities and beyond.

We're thankful to God for over 60 years of ministry among First Nations peoples.

North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) began with a boat—the Willis Shank. In 1949, this rusty 136-foot minesweeper from World War II was restored and began regular trips from Seattle to the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska to evangelize the Native peoples living in the coastal villages. Almost always, the whole population of a village would gather near the dock when the boat arrived, blasting out Christian music from a large bull horn speaker mounted high on the radar mast. A team on board offered medical services to the Native people. An evangelism team held meetings. Bible college students gave their summers to teach vacation bible school and to lead week-long bible studies. Many Native people along the coast accepted Christ, and some grew in their faith.

In 1959, NAIM moved away from seasonal, itinerant coastal ministries toward placing missionaries in Native communities full-time and long-term, with a focus on the interior of Western Canada. The primary boat ministry came to a close. On a small scale, NAIM staff continued to visit and encourage isolated believers in the coastal communities, with a concentrated effort by Bill and Sandy Lottis during 1989-1997.

Throughout the years North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) has reached out in love to Indigenous people. Youth ministries, summer internships, community-based evangelism, long-term discipleship relationships and church planting endeavors have been part of a strategy that has resulted in many small fellowships of believers in communities scattered across Canada.


Clyde Cowan, Executive Director
Tim Higginbotham, Operations Director
Ron Hartwig, Human Resources Director
Mark Ward, Business Manager
Karen Markloff, Financial Administrator

NAIM is committed to covenant relationships with First Nations churches, creating vibrant ministry in their communities and beyond.

NAIM is a multicultural team that exists to glorify God through building the Church by making disciples among North American Indigenous peoples, to reach the world for Christ.

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