Two Rivers Native American Training Center was founded by Dr. Jay Swallow of the Southern Cheyenne and Sioux Nations and Dr. Negiel Bigpond of the Yuchi Nation. After traveling and ministering to the Native Nations for many years separately, both men of God reached the conclusion that many more qualified ministers were needed to serve reservations of North America. As they crossed paths, they began to share their concerns with one another. Soon they realized that God had brought them together to bring forth the vision of Two Rivers.
Two Rivers is located approximately 15 miles south of Tulsa. The first classes were held in September 1998 in a large trailer, which also served as Morning Star Evangelistic Center, a church led by Dr. Bigpond. The students received classroom instruction, but they also participated in outreach trips to various reservations in the U.S. and Canada.
As Drs. Swallow and Bigpond shared their vision with other ministers, friends and their families, finances began coming in and professionals donated valuable skills. A great Architect, Dickson Gunn voluntarily designed the first major building on the campus and the dormitory phases. The first building was completed and dedicated on June 3, 2000. It was originally two stories, 55’ x 80’ feet, and housed a sanctuary with a meeting/storage area at the back, the administrative offices of Two Rivers and MSEC, and a prayer room upstairs with bathroom facilities on both floors. We began construction on an addition in 2009 and now have an 80’ x 100’ foot facility with two nice size classrooms, a beautiful conference room with additional offices and restrooms.
In January 2001, Dr. Bigpond asked his long-time friend and fellow-minister, the late George Henry Autaubo, to be the administrator of the school. George faithfully fulfilled the duties of that position and was responsible for getting the school accredited by the spring semester of 2001 through American Christian College and Seminary.
In 2004 Drs. Swallow and Bigpond saw the need for Spiritual Warfare Training and developed The Strategic Warriors At Training Boot Camps. There was an enormous amount of prophetic information throughout this nation concerning a major move of the Spirit of God in visiting the Tribes of this hemisphere. It was discerned that the enemy had planted himself within the areas targeted for transformation. A state of emergency had risen as the result of this resistance by the enemy in Indian country. Many intercessors realized that they had fallen short of understanding how Territorial spirits operate in these areas. The fact that we have declared war against these principalities has mandated us to provide specialized strategic and tactical training to prepare for the anticipated Move of God. In May of 2004 we held our first SWAT Boot Camp with our recruits sleeping in tents. We have successfully graduated over 200 highly skilled warriors, equipped to challenge and dismantle those entities that are hidden in the religious mixtures in Native America.
Also in 2004 we moved our first modular unit onto our property and remodeled it, transforming it into a co-ed dormitory to house our students. This worked so well in 2007 we acquired another modular unit transforming it into our men’s dorm with room for our instructors, allowing the women to have a dorm of their own. We have received a donation from the Kaw Tribe of another modular unit we will be transforming into nice quarters for instructors. This is the unit we are calling "The Roaming Buffalo Lodge" as a special tribute to honor Dr. Swallow, as it was one of his desires to have a place specific for our instructors and visitors. If you would like donate money, labor, equipment, or furnishings for these facilities, please partner with us today! Thank you for your interest in Two Rivers and may God bless you mightily!
Dr. James J.W. (Jay) Swallow, Co-Founder of Two Rivers Native American Training Center, Cheyenne-Sioux, U.S. Navy veteran, who preached, taught, fed, clothed, and prayed for native people from the Arctic Circle to Central America for over fifty years. An apostolic father to many Christians of all colors and backgrounds, and in recent years he had traveled to other continents to minister to indigenous and non-indigenous people, with the intent of healing their lands and nations through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. He had been an instrumental advisor to 253 Native American Tribes. As a direct descendant of two notable Cheyenne Nation Chiefs, Chief Black Kettle (Peace Chief) and Chief Little Bear (Military Chief), he was regarded as one of the leading influential men of the Cheyenne Nation.
To fund his ministry on the Indian Reservations, years ago Dr. Swallow learned to be a silversmith. He soon became one of our most skilled native jewelry makers and taught others this craft.
Today many reservations, isolated geographically from the mainstream of city life are still pressing toward establishing churches in their part of the world. Dr. Swallow saw the need to train leaders who could be a support to pastors. These leaders could travel to remote areas and assist pastors in their efforts to effectively reach their communities with the Gospel. In 1997, Dr. Swallow and Dr. Bigpond realized that by combining their visions they could reach more people. In 1998 Two Rivers Native American Training Center was formed and officially opened its doors. Two Rivers was founded by and administered by Native Americans training Native Americans to reach their tribes with the Gospel. Dr. Swallow taught many subjects, among them “Native Americans and Christianity: Cross-Cultural Issues.”
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Swallow played an active role in the development of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government regarding Indian Tribes; frequently traveling to Washington D.C. to work with Senator Sam Brownback (Ret.) now Governor of Kansas. In light of his tireless work with the resolution, Charisma Magazine named Dr. Swallow one of the Ten Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2006.
Dr. Swallow was a frequent featured guest on “Light of the Southwest” on God’s Learning Channel in Midland, TX. He co-authored the book, “The Plains Indians and the Buffalo - a God-created Relationship,” and his most recent book, his biography, “Roaming Buffalo.”
Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network- Dr. John Benefiel, Chairman
Native American Apostolic Council- Dr. Jay Swallow, Chairman
National Prayer Committee– - Chuck Colson, Chairman