Hello, My Name is Rodney LaVallie, I am a Native American (Chippewa), from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation located in Belcourt, North Dakota. I live in Cleveland, Tennessee with my wife (Deanna) and children, Maria, Nicholas, Jonathan, and Madison. My testimony is one that speaks about the victory that I experienced through the wonderful working power of the cross and the shed blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I come from a very large family of 19 children. My home life was one that ran rampant with sinful living and so much confusion that as a young child I thought it was just normal to live that way. My home was very dysfunctional with alcoholic parents and many of my brothers and sisters in the same trap of alcohol. The power of sin had its grip tightly around my whole family and destroying so many lives. I remember asking myself at a very young age, I believe at the age of 7 or 8 years old that there had to be more to life than what I was seeing growing up. I remember thinking and feeling like there was no hope for me and that my life was going to be nothing and needless to say I grew up with that mindset. Because of the sinful lifestyle that I was brought up into I was heading for destruction, and to hell and didn’t even know it. I remember saying to myself that I would never end up like my father, an alcoholic. At the age of 12 or 13 I started with drugs and then from there I began to be consumed with alcohol and the very thing I said I didn’t want to become, I was at the age of 16 . My life was out of control spiraling down fast into a deep life of sin. But Praise God and to Him be all the Glory- Jesus Christ changed my life. When I gave my life to Christ, He set me free from all the bondages of sin and its power, it was so wonderful. I felt like the weight of the whole world was lifted off my shoulders and for the first time I knew things were going to be different. I felt something I had never felt before in my entire life. I felt hope and love, I felt like living. Now, 22 years later, God has brought me into a greater understanding of His love. I realize He has a plan for my life to share with his people the greatness of his love and power to changes lives. God has blessed me with 20 years of ministry. During those 20 years, I have served as a pastor, evangelist and also enjoy missionary work, particularly with the Native America people. God has been so good to me even through the many trials over the years. The vision I have is to fulfill the great commission of our Lord, to preach the gospel to all the nations, to reach the lost and to teach and train disciples for the Kingdom of God.
Received GED -- 1993
3 years at Central Indian Bible College, Mobridge, S.D.
Licensed and Ordained MInister for 17 years
1 year at United Tribes Tec College, Bismarck, N.D.
1 Year Certificate in Criminal Justice
Qualification & Experience:
Serve on NLCF National Board as Vice President
Serve on Indian Ministries of North America Board as Vice President.
23 years of experience in Counseling for family, youth, Church and community services.
Impact Warriors Mentoring youth and youth Projects in many different reservations across United States.