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The United Methodist Committee on Ministries with Deaf, Late-Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind People (formerly the National Committee on Deaf Ministries) was established as a mission initiative by the 1992 General Conference. The committee affirms -- as a foundational Christian belief -- that the ministry of God's people should be experienced without barriers. Committed to an inclusive Gospel, the Committee is helping the United Methodist Church to reach out to persons who are Deaf, deafened, hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind, using the most effective mode of communication, whether it be sign language and/or oral interpreting, and/or assistive technologies such as assistive listening devices or computer-assisted text translation.

The United Methodist Committee is different from the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf and was originally created by members of UMCD. Thanks to a strong and concerted effort by UMCD members, the United Methodist Committee is recognized and funded by the United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries.

The United Methodist Congress of the Deaf remains an independent organization focused on increasing Christian leadership and discipleship within the Deaf, signing community. UMCD holds conferences biennially and recently held its first international conference in Baltimore, Washington with attendees from several countries. Jurisdictional area chapters hold local conferences on the years in between the larger UMCD conferences.

The United Methodist Committee is working with both individuals and the larger church to help churches learn how to be in solidarity with persons who are deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf-blind. Good communication, both attitudinal, functional and technological, is a prerequisite for a church to fully open its doors to people who are deaf, have hearing loss, or are deaf-blind. Contributions to the Advance Fund #982562 provide opportunities that empower individuals for mission and ministry. The United Methodist Committee’s publication Signs of Solidarityprovides much needed information to churches on how to enrich their ministries by including deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf-blind and how to foster Deaf churches and ministry as well.
--- Candis Shannon

The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries (DHM)

3810 N Major Drive

Beaumont TX 77713

409 892-7733   Church Phone

409 782-6042   Business Cell Phone

713 315-7593   Home Phone


CLICK HERE for: The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries WEBSITE

Members of the Committee 

Michelle Martin, President, South Central Jurisdiction, Late-Deafened

Rev. Sam Carpenter, Vice-President, South Central Jurisdiction, Hard of hearing local pastor working in Deaf ministry

Rev. Elke Sharma, Secretary, North Central Jurisdiction, Deaf

Rev. Nancy Hale, Grants Chairperson, North Eastern Jurisdiction, Hard-of-hearing

Trevor Swearingen, South Central Jurisdiction, Deaf

Rev. Rebecca Kelly, North Eastern Jurisdiction, Hearing pastor in deaf ministry

Rev. Diana Williams, Western Jurisdiction, Hearing pastor in deaf ministry

Barbara Reynolds, South Eastern Jurisdiction, Deaf

Jeff Burns, Western Jurisdiction, Deaf

Carol Rieke, GBGM Board Representative, Hard of Hearing

Dr. Rick Gentzler, Board of Discipleship Staff Representative, Hard of Hearing

Patricia Magyar, Executive Secretary, Health and Welfare Ministries, Hearing

Rev. Wineva Hankamer, Coordinator, Hard of Hearing

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Powerpoint Presentation about the United Methodist Committee

This is a great introduction to the work of the United Methodist Committee.  MS PowerPoint needed. 

Mardy Walker Assistive Listening System Available for Loan

The United Methodist Committee has a meeting room size assistive listening system available for loan to churches.    

Guidelines        ALS Application        

Grants Available

The United Methodist Committee has some funding available for small grants and scholarships to help with our mandate 

Grant Application    Scholarship Application

Advance Special #982562  

General Board of Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church is committed to ministry with all persons. Gifts to Advance #982562 provide opportunities that empower Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind people for mission and ministry. Projects include seed money to assist in the establishment of new ministries, global outreach to deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people, curriculum development, deaf ministry internships, deaf and deaf-blind camping, and aids to communication access (interpreters, listening devices, real-time captioning, and others).

How to participate? Make your check payable to your local church or Advance GCFA. Be sure to write the Advance code number 982562 and "Ministry with the Deaf" on the check. You can place your check in the Sunday offering at your church, or mail it to Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068 , GPO, New York , NY 10087-9068 . To send a gift by credit card, call (888) 252-6174.


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