Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship / CHIEF

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Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship ("CHIEF") is a ministry to the 51.1 million Native Americans in the 1,200 tribes of the Western Hemisphere. CHIEF's primary motivation is to take the Gospel to every Native tribe in this generation. According to CHIEF, the discipleship, mentoring, and training of Native leaders in a relevant cultural context is the key to effective church growth and on-going evangelism among Native peoples.
CHIEF's strategies to accomplish its Ministry Objectives are as follows:
1.) Discipleship - Recruiting, encouraging, and discipling Native Christian pastors, church leaders, and believers, by providing training uniquely suited for the ongoing needs of the indigenous church.
2.) Evangelism - Assisting the leadership of the local Native churches with evangelism outreach in their own communities and beyond to other unreached peoples and tribes.
3.) Helps - Giving practical assistance, in the context of God's love through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which concerned individuals can respond to the physical needs of Native people to help them become self-reliant.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship
1644 East Campo Bello Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85022-2108


Phone: (602) 482-0828

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 510168112

CEO/President: Rev. Huron Claus

Chairman: Arlan Melendez

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Tom Claus

Ruling year: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


CHIEF's motivation vision is to see an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation.

Mission statement

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its mission as follows:

The mission and purpose of CHIEF is to disciple and equip a strong Native American leadership for the development of the indigenous church throughout North, Central and South America.

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its vision as follows:

CHIEF's motivating vision is to see an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation.

Statement of faith

We believe in the Bible, which was given and sacredly inspired by God, as the infallible thoroughly trustworthy, and supremely authoritative book of faith and conduct.
We believe in one God, eternally coexistent in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, His Virgin birth, His sinless life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection. His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe in the salvation of the lost by faith, irrespective of works, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who by His indwelling enables the believer to live uprightly, to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and to live for Him, and who impels, equips and energizes His church for mission to the peoples of the whole world.
We believe in the fellowship of all believers and in the church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost; the former to eternal life and the latter to eternal condemnation.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating756 of 102227 of 41
Fund acquisition rating53 of 10252 of 41
Resource allocation rating950 of 102537 of 41
Asset utilization rating937 of 102235 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$46,848$44,036$24,158$24,925$24,640
Short-term investments$13,898$12,433$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$210,500$156,424$108,568$83,143$66,786
Long-term investments$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596
Fixed assets$453,637$454,192$456,182$464,855$475,573
Other long-term assets$430$1,200$1,989$1,989$1,989
Total long-term assets$471,663$472,988$475,767$484,440$495,158
Total assets$682,163$629,412$584,335$567,583$561,944
Payables and accrued expenses$3,456$29,589$55,113$117,984$99,381
Other current liabilities$0$0$1,102$1,102$0
Total current liabilities$3,456$29,589$56,215$119,086$99,381
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$76,991$101,587
Total liabilities$3,456$29,589$56,215$196,077$200,968
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$580,904$510,185$425,038$280,540$291,877
With donor restrictions$97,803$89,638$103,082$90,966$69,099
Net assets$678,707$599,823$528,120$371,506$360,976
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$391,112$361,185$541,636$420,416$522,189
Program service revenue$3,145$4,400$8,883$4,734$10,062
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,309$2,891$5,608$169$180
Other revenue$1,052$4,748$3,427$3,514$3,793
Total other revenue$6,506$12,039$17,918$8,417$14,035
Total revenue$397,618$373,224$559,554$428,833$536,224
Program services$211,862$247,136$350,895$332,746$429,923
Management and general$106,872$54,385$52,045$85,557$120,419
Total expenses$318,734$301,521$402,940$418,303$550,342
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$78,884$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$78,884$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)


Huron ClausPresident$100,024

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/24/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Tom Claus, Founder of CHIEF, called together more than 100 Christian Native leaders, from different areas of the hemisphere, who represented mission agencies, denominations, schools, colleges, tribes and government agencies to participate in the Conference on Christian Indian Leadership and Evangelism held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1973- On behalf of the Native Christian leaders of Arizona, Tom Claus, Founder of CHIEF, Inc., honored Dr. Graham with a headdress and Indian name at the Tempe, Arizona Crusade. 1975- CHIEF was started after the Conference of Christian Indian Leadership and Evangelism in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1981- The first International Congress of Indigenous leaders was held in Norman, Oklahoma. 350 Native leaders were in attendance from the Americas.
1986- The Chief Shepherd Discipleship Center was established in Phoenix, Arizona. An average of 500 Native leaders attended annually.
1992- The SonRise International Conference on Evangelism and Discipleship was held in Glorieta, NM. 500 Native leaders attended from the Americas.
2006- CHIEF Native Christian Leadership Forum was started as a round table of collaborative Native leaders addressing ministry and social needs among Native communities.
2017- United in Christ Conference was held in Bemidji, MN calling Native ministry leaders in partnership to ministry in Native America. (CHIEF in Partnership with Oak Hills Christian College)
2020- Huron participated along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Former U.S. Congresswoman & Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, President of Family Research Council Tony Perkins, Overseer & previous Sr. Pastor of Times Square Church Carter Conlon, and a host of others lifting prayers/petitions; asking for forgiveness for the sins of our country and seeking a "mercy moment" from God. The event took place on Lot#1 in Plymouth, MA. in the house that stands on the foundation of the first original home built in 1620 at the Plymouth Colony.
2021- United in Christ Conference focuses on reaching every Tribe, Nation, and Tongue. (CHIEF in Partnership with Oak Hills Christian College)

Program accomplishments


The greatest need among our Native tribes and nations today is Native Christian Leadership! We need examples that we can follow that impact our families, communities, churches, and tribal councils. Men and women who will be mentors to the next generation. That's what's known as Discipleship. Learn about a partnership with CHIEF and Center for Indian Ministries call BUILD: Biblical, United, Indigenous, Leadership, Development.