James Kallappa (Makah Nation, Neah Bay, Washington), felt the call of God on his life in the fall of 1958. The following year, at the age of 21, he began what became a full-time and life-long call to ministry. For over 40 years, James pastored in the BC & Yukon District. In 1994, he also became the first Indigenous director of PAOC Native Ministries helping to solidify Indigenous ministry initiatives across the Fellowship. James continued in that roll until 2001 when he stepped down to return to his pastoral roots in his home state of Washington. Now in his mid-80’s, Brother Kallappa remains actively involved in ministry, preaching and teaching. And, to this day, (60+ years and counting!), he remains at the forefront of Christian leadership development.
Desiring to honour an elder, one who has given a lifetime of dedication to equip leaders, Mission Canada has launched the James Kallappa Indigenous Leadership Fund. This fund will be used to assist Indigenous participants of PAOC Bible College training programs as they enter ministry in their cities and communities and as seed funds for new Mission Canada initiatives to Indigenous Peoples.