History

 


1937 It all began with the efforts of Rev. Howard A. Clark, Sr., and a group of dedicated Christians who saw the need for training Navajo believers and raising a native church. Purchased land in Tse Bonito, NM, and organized as Navajo Bible School and Mission, Inc.

1938 Began construction of facilities. Dedication service on October 1st.

1939 Church planting ministry developed. Navajo Bible School Church (now called Community Bible Church) founded on February 5th. Jail visitation ministry began. Evangelistic teams traveling throughout the reservation.

1944 Navajo Bible School and Mission worker Faye Edgerton is granted the request to transfer to Wycliffe Translators to help in the work of creating a Bible in the Navajo language.

1945 The Mission began producing a radio program in Navajo on a local radio station in Gallup, New Mexico, which expanded to stations in Flagstaff, Holbrook, and Winslow, Arizona.

1954 Navajo Bible Church built in Ft. Defiance, Arizona.

1962 Application was made to the Federal Communications Commission for a radio station license.

1963 Howard A. Clark went to be with the Lord.

1964 Hilltop Christian School opened on September 2nd, with thirteen children from first through sixth grade.

1967 Under the leadership of Rev. Larry Harper, son-in-law of the founder, KHAC-AM went on the air with 1,000 watts of power.

1976 Dr. David Clark, son of the founder, returned to the field, after being a pastor in California, to became the General Director/President. He continued to lead the mission until his death in 1985.

1979   Hilltop Christian Preschool opened its doors.

1980   KTBA-AM in Tuba City, Arizona went on the air so the Gospel message could be heard in the western part of Navajoland and the Hopi reservation. The mission name officially changed to Western Indian Ministries, Inc.

1990 Rev. Laurence Harper named General Director.

1995 KWIM-FM went on the air in Window Rock to give a predominantly music -oriented programming to complement the teaching ministries of KHAC. Hilltop Christian School became the first cross-cultural mission school in the world to receive accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

2001 – Field Committee in place and responsible for day-to-day operation of the mission.

2002 – Church Development Department is led by Navajo Christians.

2012 – Chuck Harper became General Director of WIM.

2013 – Western Indian Ministries celebrated its 75th Anniversary.