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. He then joined Rev. Larry Salway, his grandson Steve, and Salway’s son Eric in a traditional Native dance. All were dressed in their native regalia.
This article is courtesy of the Wesleyan Information Network.