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Vision Statement

To share Jesus' love by equipping and advocating access through effective communication and leadership among the diverse deaf community.

About the Committee

In 1992, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church established the National Committee on Deaf Ministries as a mission initiative (renewed at each General Conference.) logo of Committee, a set of interlocking circles. Inside the circles are the words resources, mission, teaching, funding, ministries; around the outer circle are heard of hearing, deaf-blind, late deafened, Deaf

As its mission expanded to include all people with hearing loss, the committee broadened its name to reflect the diversity of the population it represents. It is now known as the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries or DHM.

Ten members make up the Committee as follows: two people who are Deaf, two late-deafened, two hard of hearing, one DeafBlind person, as well as one deaf institutional ministry professional, and two clergy with experience in ministry with people who are Deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind.

The Committee strives to be inclusive with regard to gender, ethnicity, jurisdiction, and different sign language and hearing abilities.

Read our General Conference authorization here.


Committee Members

Rev. Willy Banza
Central Jurisdiction,
Bryan Branson
Western Jurisdiction,
photo of Rev. Dan Bryant Rev. Dan Bryant,
GBGM Board Representative
East Ohio Conference
Billy Deters
Southeast Jurisdiction
Hard of Hearing
photo of Tom Hudspeth Rev. Thomas Hudspeth
President of committee
Hard of hearing
David Jessop
Baltimore-Washington conference
Evon Malray-Cain
South Central Jurisdiction
Michelle Menefee
Sandy Saunders
Northeast Jurisdiction
late Deafened
photo of Carol Stevens Carol Stevens
Northeast Jurisdiction
photo of Lynn Swedberg Lynn Swedberg
Disability Ministries Committee of the UMC
Tim Vermande
post-paralytic hearing loss
Roy White
Northeastern Jurisdiction,
Rev. Leo Yates jr.
Consultant to Committee,
Northeast Jursidiction

Our past members

Photos of 2012 Committee meeting in San Antonio

Photos of 2011 Committee meeting in Albuquerque

Power Point Presentation about the Committee

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