Our Mission

Native American Marriage Enhancement (NAME)
was co-founded by its directors, Dr. John and Doris Knoles, in June 2003.
John, an Eastern Cherokee, and his wife Doris have served our First Nations since 1984.

Parent organization:
U.S. Missions of the Assemblies of God

Missions Statement:

Native American Marriage Enhancement and www.NativeMarriage.com
exist to provide free collegiate-level Pentecostal biblical and marital studies
to our First Nations for spiritual growth and familial enrichment.


NAME exists in order to:

  1. Empower Native Peoples through Bible-based studies on line.
  2. Enrich the quality of life of Native Christian families in cooperation with other marital ministries
  3. Encourage the study of God’s Word as foundational to finding purpose and contentment in life
  4. Enable all who desire deeper spiritual experiences in the Lord Jesus Christ through free workshops and on-line studies


National Association of Marriage Enhancement
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Statement of Faith:

NAME fully ascribes to the following Sixteen Tenants of the Faith of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. What we believe.

Missions Motto:

“Empowering Native Couples to Enjoy Victorious Christian Marriages”

NAME is motivated by a plea for justice for our Native people

Our First Nations are often handed a payment plan when they receive Bible studies.
But a free website means they get an advantage, rather than being taken advantage of.
Because www.NativeMarriage.com provides teachings without tuition,
NAME blesses people spiritually without burdening them financially.
Native people can now access a Biblical agenda…..with no hidden agenda.

Maxim of the Moment

Success is getting up one more time than the number of times you fall down. - Julie Bowden