DBFA Speakers 2020

Dr. Fred Adams was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, in a non-Christian home. He became deaf at age one due to high fever. At age fourteen Fred was at Bill Rice Ranch for the first time where he saw {heard} about the Gospel and Hell. He accepted Christ Jesus as his personal Saviour on July 25, 1974. In 1977, Fred attended Hammond Baptist High School and graduated in 1979. He began teaching Sunday School when he was 17-years-old. Fred surrendered on December 24, 1978, to God’s call to preach the Gospel to the deaf. After graduating high school, he went to Tennessee Temple University for two years. Fred and Sherrie had first met and become friends at Hammond Baptist High School. Then they met again at Tennessee Temple Schools and began dating. They were married on July 11, 1981. In the Fall of 1981, Fred transferred to Temple Deaf College, where he graduated in 1983. While in school, he became Evangelist on the weekends. After finishing school, he became a full-time evangelist. Dr. Adams was a full-time evangelist all over America for 11 years after graduation from Temple Deaf College. He was ordained by Pastor Eugene Bordean, Pastor Bob Baker, Pastor Arlie Spargur, Pastor John Rohrer and Dr. John Clark at Firestone Road Baptist Church in May 1987. Fred was a pastor of Sword Deaf Baptist Church in Mason, Ohio in 1989 for 20 years as a Missionary Pastor. God leads Fred and Sherrie to move to Knoxville, TN in 2009 and started the new Deaf Church, Sword Deaf Baptist Church in June 2010 in Clinton, TN and resigned as pastor in May 2016 . He is a full time missionary to the deaf as helping/strenghtening the deaf ministries, deaf churches and the deaf work. Also is a president of Sword Deaf Baptist College since 1999. We have three sons, Christopher-32 years old, John-29 years old married and Matt-27 years old. All of them live in Cincinnati Ohio. They all are hearing and working as Sign Language interpreter.

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Bruce Kelly

Bruce Kelly was born deaf and raised in Orlando, Florida. He attended an oral program in elementary and then went on to attend mainstream programs during junior high and high school. After graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1983, he went on to attend St. Petersburg Junior College in Clearwater, FL from 1983 to 1985. He then transferred to Northstar Bible Institute in Rochester, New York in order to pursue a career in ministry, and was there from 1985 to 1987.  He graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL with a degree in Theology in 1990 . He has been married to his wife Vicki since 1986. They have three children: Paul, born in 1988, Timothy, born in 1990, and John, born in 1995. He also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Studies from Covington Theological Seminary in 2001. Vicki Kelly graduated from National Technical Institute for the Deaf under Rochester Institute of technology in New York with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science with Business Technologies in 1985. Bruce was saved at age of 13, after being witnessed to by Fred Danley on November 6, 1977. Bruce was member of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church in Altamonte Springs, FL from 1977 to 1983. At the age of 15, Bruce surrendered to God’s calling to full time ministry while attending the Bill Rice Ranch in Tennessee. Vicki was born deaf and was saved when she was 18 years old. While attending St. Petersburg Junior College, Bruce began serving in lay ministry as a Sunday School teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church in St. Petersburg in 1984 at the age of 20. Bruce was an Evangelist from 1990 to 1993. He became the deaf pastor at Greater Portland Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon in 1994 and served there until 1997. He relocated to Georgia to become a Deaf Pastor and Missionary with BIMI in 1997. Bruce started Deaf Baptist Church of Smyrna, GA in Northwest of Atlanta in March 2001. In 2010 the church purchased a building and the renovations were completed in 2012. Bruce started the Deaf Spiritual Leadership Conference in 2001 and also an annual summer deaf camp in Florida in 2015. It is called Deaf Spiritual Leadership Camp. Bruce has been burdened to help minister in Brazil and has conducted mission work there through preaching at deaf camps and doing Deaf Spiritual Leadership Training.

Click for More about Bruce Kelly  www.deafbaptistchurch.com, www.dslcamp.com, www.deafmissionary.com

John Olson

John Olson was born in Orlando, Florida.  In 1978, at the age of thirteen, two deaf friends, Bruce Kelly and Tom Adams,  witnessed to John about the gospel of Jesus, and John trusted Jesus as his Savior.  A year later, in 1979, John went to Bill Rice Ranch.  During that camp week, John was in the 14 and 15 years old boys’ class, and Reggie Remple taught the class.  In that class, Reggie spoke on Romans 10:14, and John surrendered to the Lord’s call on his life. John went to Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was where he met his wife, Tricia, and they married in 1989.  He graduated in 1990, and while as a student, he taught a couple classes for the deaf students.  He continued to teach in the deaf department till 1992. In 1992, Trinity hosted the DBFA, and John was called to missions to Germany.  After deputation, John and his family moved to Germany in 1994, and served there for six years.  In 2000, the Lord led him back to Trinity, where he has been there as deaf pastor now for 17 years. John and Tricia have four children, Deborah, Eric, Amanda and David.  


Mark Truitt

Mark Truitt Raised in Sarasota, Florida, Mark had the benefit of godly parents and a good Christian home. His parents, Bob and Janet Truitt, provided the foundation of the Bible in his life and also an education, homeschooling Mark from Grade 2 to graduation. Mark was saved at a young age after understanding his need for a Savior and trusting Jesus for his salvation. He was also baptized at Trinity Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. In high school, Mark attended Liberty Baptist Church in Sarasota and served in the choir and in bus ministry. Upon graduation from high school, Mark enrolled at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida, where he met his wife, Christine and began learning sign language in order to work with the Deaf in Jacksonville. Upon graduation in May 2006, Mark began working as a Youth Pastor and Music director at Faith Baptist Church in Titusville, Florida. Mark and Christine were married January 19, 2007. Mark was ordained at Liberty Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida and after 4 years of service in Titusville, moved back to Jacksonville and began working with the Deaf again in 2011, where Mark and Christine also added their son Malachi to the family on Oct. 23, 2011. In December 2014, Deaf Liberty Baptist Church of Overland Park, Kansas, called Mark as their Pastor. Pastor Mark and Christine are excited to work in the Greater Kansas City area reaching the deaf community and disciplining the followers of Christ. Later during the year of 2015, their daughter, Jayelle was born in Overland Park, KS on August 20, 2015.


Chris Harris

Chris Harris was born into a Deaf family in Danville, Kentucky.  He attended the Kentucky School for the Deaf, and went on to attend Gallaudet University. It was there at Gallaudet where the Lord first started to work on his heart, showing him his need of salvation.  Up to this point in his life, he had never been interested in seeking God, in spite of the fact that he had often attended a Southern Baptist Deaf Church throughout his childhood. During the summer of his junior year, Chris started to take a look at his life, and realized that there was neither peace nor joy in his heart.  Through the testimony of his brother, Pastor Jeff Harris, Chris realized that he needed to change from the life of sin that he had been living.  He left Gallaudet and then moved to Oklahoma City, where he attended Oklahoma Baptist College. It was in the summer of 2004, at the Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America, that Chris finally realized that he needed to accept Christ into his heart. After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist College, Chris married his wife, Diana.  He worked as the Deaf Pastor at the Windsor Hills Baptist Church for 5 1/2 years.  Then, following God’s guidance, in 2013, Chris and Diana moved to Berlin, NJ where he is currently serving as the Deaf pastor at the Solid Rock Baptist Church. He and his wife, Diana are the parents of Abigail (7), Brandon (5), Ashlynn (2) and Joshua (almost 1).


Bill Schutt
Earl Brigham

Earl was born in Panama Canal Zone. I was 2 age became deaf. He moved to America in 1953. I went to Florida School Deaf in St Augustine, Florida and graduated in 1966. I was very strong Catholic. My goal was to be Priesthood for Catholic. Someone witness me about Jesus so I was very mad. I noticed my parents changed their life. They always drink a beer and smoke. I asked my mother, where is beer and smoking. Mother told me that they are saved. I puzzled and they explained it to me from the Bible. I won’t read the Bible but my Dad show me Romans 3:23 and I got saved in 1971 and baptized in 1972. I love the Lord. I was a Sunday School Teacher in many years. I have been working with a barber shop more than 50 years. God called me a deaf Pastor since 1990. I am very involved with a Mission Trips and many different countries. I thank God that many deaf people saved. I have a seven Children and an eleven grandchildren. And again, I love the Lord. Praise the Lord.


Brain Lievens

Brian Lievens was born Deaf in a Deaf family. Brian was raised in Chicago area and attended Illinois School for the Deaf before transferring to St. Rita School for the Deaf near Cincinnati, Ohio. Brian believed in Christ Jesus as his own personal Savior when his father, Daniel Lievens, explained him the plan of salvation from John 3 when he was 11 years old. After watching Dr. Reggie Rempel preach on a video from DBFA in Arizona, Brian was called of the Lord to preach the Word when he was 15 years old. Brian graduated from Hinsdale South High School in 1998 and attended Bob Jones University for 4 years, studying for the ministry. Brian began dating the love of his life, Bethany (Coleman) when both were students at Bob Jones University. After graduating from BJU, Brian and Bethany got married in 2003 and remained under the ministry of Pastor Mark Coleman at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, IL for 3 years before moving to Delavan, Wisconin to become the Deaf pastor at East Delavan Baptist Church in 2006. Because Brian was a part-time Deaf pastor, he became a teacher at Wisconsin School for the Deaf. He earned a master’s degree in Exceptional Education at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. Currently, Brian continues to be the Deaf pastor at EDBC and became the principal at Wisconsin School of the Deaf in September 2016. Brian and Bethany have 5 beautiful daughters and their names are Anna, Nora, Talia, Lyra, and Sophia. Brian’s passion is for the Deaf to understand and apply God’s Word in their lives.      www.eastdelavan.org

John Troffo

John was born deaf and in Sevilla, Spain. Ana was born hearing then loss hear when she was 3 years old. She was born in Havana, Cuba. John graduated from Montana School for the Deaf in 1981 and Ana graduated from Providence Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida in 1981. 1981, John was saved by through friend led me to Revival  Dr Reggie Rempel at Wood Crest Baptist church that time was college student in St Paul, Minnesota Technical Vocational Institute (TVI). John received personal as Saviour Jesus Christ that day December 10, 1981.  God changed my life and lead me different path. Ana got saved as personal Saviour Jesus Christ, does not remember the date when she got saved. John was baptism year later where John attend member at Fairview Baptist Church in Great Falls, Montana, Finally went to Tennessee Temple University 1982. Ana was attended Tennessee Temple University after graduated from High School 1981. We were married in 1988 in Tampa, Florida. We had only one daughter name is Rebecca, she is 26 years old. Rebecca got saved when she was 10 years old at Westgate Baptist church in Tampa, Florida. John was graduated in 1987 at Tennessee Temple University as Bachelor of Arts in Bible. Ana was graduated 1986 at Tennessee Temple University as Theology (THG) as Christian Education. He graduated at Montana School for the Deaf in Great Falls 1981. She graduated Christian school at Providence Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida 1981. Deaf ministry 12 years as Pastor. Providence Baptist Church in Brandon (two years), West Gate Baptist Church in Tampa (three years), First Baptist Church New Port Richey (seven years), Sword Deaf Baptist Church (five years), and Current, Deaf Evangelist.

Ronnie Rice

Jon Barr

Allen Snare

Ronnie King

Daniel R

Russel Vandonkelar

Todd Reynolds

Mike Remington

David Garics

Scott Crabtree

Mike Holman

Jame Liebrecht

Ted Camp

Joe kovas

James Campbell

David Mason

David Peach

Jim Bracelin

Jimmy Tsoukalas