Arctic Mission Outreach Trust Fund was founded by veteran aviator missionary John Spillenaar, and his wife Tyyne. Their ministry has been to the Native people in the Canadian North since his call to "Go north and preach the gospel" in 1936. In 1950 they started the Northland Mission work. Since that time the Spillenaars have founded two more ministries to the north, the latest of which is the Arctic Mission Outreach Trust Fund. The ministry has been directly or indirectly involved in the building of 18 churches in the Arctic over the years.