We are Earl and Shirley Wilbers. Deaf Ministries Connection focus is on connecting people. We do not preach or train or do anything else. Our goal is that if a person is looking for any type of Deaf Ministry they can easily find it through our ministry. We started out with 5 addresses in 1995 handwritten and sent to college students looking for information. Today we have expanded to having this website, a notebook of some 80 pages, and a CD -Rom with 4 different computer programs as well as a database. We place the notebook in public and college libraries as well as anyplace else that is interested in finding Deaf Ministries.
In the last month we have sent out letters to ALL the churches listed on this website ( haven’t done the ministries yet) if we received a ” cannot deliver ” response then we deleted your church even if we KNOW its there. If the address you gave us does not work then nobody else will be able to get in touch with you either. So if you have been listed and then see we deleted you please get in touch with us. Thanks to those of you who gave us corrected information we do appreciate it.
For those not familiar with Christian or Deaf abbreviations/terms we have included explanations of common ones used on the website
ASL American Sign Language
S. S. Sunday School – most churches have a time either before or after the worship service where people meet in small groups to discuss a chosen Scripture or topic
C.C. Closed captioned TV -videos – DVD’s etc will put whats verbally said into written phrases at the bottom of the screen
Deaf Church – fully functioning church with either a Deaf Pastor or a hearing Pastor who uses sign language- Deaf members are in leadership roles
TTY – Teletypewriter – Deaf communicate through typing via a keyboard and specific type of phone – rarely used anymore
videophone – Deaf communicate directly by webcam or through a relay service to hearing people
webstreamed – videos posted online – we have a section listed under videos where we list churches/ministries that have their sermons/messages in sign language online.
If you can’t find the ministry/church you are looking for in the churches/ministries section then check the “other Deaf Ministries” under websites. That is where we link to churches/ministries that we have not gotten official permission to include in our directory. If you are looking for a church under interpreted services and are clicking on their website for information – most churches will list their Deaf Ministry under ministries or outreach – s0metimes under disabilities
Also many church have special events for Christmas. If you are looking for a church that has events in sign language check the news section. I have included churches that will be doing special dramas or programs in sign language- most of them given by Deaf themselves.
Thanks to those of you who have waited so patiently for us to include your current and updated information. We are always interested in including more Deaf Ministries to our List.
We are also on Facebook. Look for Deaf Ministries Connection. We try to include more up to date info on different ministries.
Earl and Shirley Wilbers
221 W. Gay St
Harrisonburg Va 22802