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Who Is Silent Word Ministries?

The purpose of Silent Word Ministries, Inc. and the Silent Word Mission Board is to fulfill the Great Commission by evangelizing the Deaf world and edifying deaf ministries for the Glory of God.

SWM is a trustworthy ministry serving local churches, producing trusted literature, meeting the needs of deaf ministries, and assisting qualified, like-minded missionaries to “go into all the (Deaf) world” for Christ.

SWM is Baptist in doctrine and practice, fundamental in belief and position, independent in affiliation, and worldwide in mission. SWM is a non-profit ministry “Here to Serve” all who serve Christ in Deaf ministries.

Our Goal

We go into all the world and preach the Gospel, and to teach those who are saved. We represent Christ to the Deaf world by preaching, teaching, printing, publishing, and evangelizing. Our goal is to win people to Christ, to help build deaf ministries; to establish deaf ministries; to strengthen Deaf people into mature Christians with sound Bible literature.

Silent Word Mission Team Picture

Our Finances


We are an approved non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, independent from any organization or society.  We are supported by churches and friends who share our burden to reach the deaf world for Christ.  Our policy is to remain debt free and build only as the Lord provides.  Because of your gifts and support, many deaf people will hear in Heaven. We are here to serve!

Literature and Sales

Sales and donations help print more literature and distribute materials FREE to Deaf people and deaf ministries. See our ministries listed next.

Our Mission

“But We Will Give Ourselves …To The Ministry Of The Word” To Deaf People Worldwide — Acts 6:4

Our Ministry Verse

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” —Philippians 1:6

Our Motto

The desire of our ministry is prayer for boldness to share Christ, wisdom for the best way, and open doors of opportunity that deaf people will be saved, families strengthened, and churches served.


Our Ministries

  • Silent Word Newspaper
  • Silent Word Publications
    • Gospel Tracts
    • 10-year Bible Studies
    • Sign Language Materials
    • Deaf Bible Institute
  • SWM Video Productions
    • ASL Videos
    • Bible-Teaching Videos
    • Sign The Bible
  • Area-wide Meetings
    • Fantastic Saturdays D-Days
  • SWMB Mission Board
  • SWM Outreach Ministries
  • SWM Northeast
  • SWM International
  • Ministry of Helps
  • Marketplace Ministries
  • Short-term Mission Trips
  • Meetings
    • Camps – Retreats
    • Missions Conferences
    • Annual ASLI Training
    • Establish & Reorganize Deaf Ministries
  • Internet Ministry
    • SilentWord.org
    • “Link” Ministries
    • Online Store
    • Follow8Steps.org
    • DeafBibleInstitute.org
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest

Our Founders

Ted & Carlene Camp founded Silent Word Ministries in 1966. They printed the first issue of “The Silent Word” newspaper the following year. Learn how God eventually expanded Silent Word Ministries to include many missionary families, a mission board, and a world-wide outreach to Deaf people.

Carlene signing and singing at the Bill Rice Ranch

Our Leadership Team

Picture of Ted and Carlene Camp

Ted & Carlene Camp


Picture of Jon and Diane Barr

Jon & Diane Barr

President, Director of Operations

Picture of Jim & Terry Bracelin

Jim & Terry Bracelin

Vice President, Director of Outreach

Picture of Rasmussens

Frank & Ursala Rasmussen

Advisor – Assistant

Picture of Bennetts

David & Vicki Bennett

SWM International Director

Learn More About SWM History

How It All Began 19:48

Dr. Ted Camp – Celebrating 50 years serving the Lord and the Deaf.

Who Me? Interpret? 10:39

Testimony of the co-founder of Silent Word Ministries – Carlene Camp

Deaf history and heritage 56:52

A unique perspective signed and voiced by Dr. Ted Camp, Founder of Silent Word Ministries.

What God Wants You to Know

Who is God? Why are you here? What is sin? Why must you die? What about eternity?

Please read this tract. You will find the answers.

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