Pastor Bruce Tegg became interested in deafness because his oldest brother, Gary, was born deaf. This caused both he and his mother, Penny Tegg, to have a significant interest in the life and culture of deaf people.
Pastor Tegg accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour at the age of 15 in 1975 at a revival led by Life Action at the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. Soon after, he and his mother started learning sign language in 1976 through the ministry of Sonny Snell, the Pastor to the Deaf at his church. From 1978 to 1980 Pastor Tegg served in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst during the Cold War. In 1984 he was married to Benitta in Saint Louis, Missouri and after a few moves they found themselves in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he started interpreting professionally.
It was not long until his mother, already a professional interpreter in St. Louis, Missouri, invited him back to interpret for the Special School District. Pastor Tegg joined the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and served as a board member in the local chapter. Pastor Tegg worked for Special School District for five years until the health of his parents caused him to move to Orlando, Florida. Before his mother passed away, she founded the Deaf Service Center of Lake County, Florida
Later while in Orlando, Pastor Tegg started Deaf Access Interpreting Services. Through Deaf Access he provided interpreting and trained interpreters for a variety of professional assignments. It was not long until his parents passed away and then in 1994, the Lord opened the door of opportunity for him as the Department Chair of the Deaf Studies Department at Tennessee Temple University and as Pastor to the Deaf at Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pastor Tegg needed a text with which to teach a biblical understanding of the deaf people and so he wrote the Christian Primer on Deafness (currently being revised).
Pastor Tegg currently serves the Lord at Maranatha Baptist Church near St. Louis, Missouri where he resides with his wife Benitta. They enjoy spending time with their six sons and two daughters and their twelve grandchildren. The Lord has kept the door open to serve the deaf community through a monthly Bible Study at the First Baptist Church of Arnold, MO, and other opportunities.