SWM Mission Team Members

Reaching and Teaching the Deaf World for Christ

Leadership

Missionaries and Leaders

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Founders Overseer

Ted & Carlene Camp, EOB

Dr. Ted Camp began preaching in June, 1963. He has served as pastor of three churches. In 1966, Ted was...

Dr. Ted Camp began preaching in June, 1963. He has served as pastor of three churches. In 1966, Ted was pastoring a growing church when Alvin Spurgin, a deaf man, sang “More about Jesus would I know”. From that time, Ted and Carlene began working with deaf people. At first, they printed a small newspaper, “The Silent Word,” as well as working with local deaf people. Later, they moved their ministry to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and served for 20 years with the Bill Rice Ranch. During that time, there was a high of over 1000 deaf people attending during the summer. In 1977, he was one of the first men to receive an honorary doctorate degree because of his literature and ministry to the deaf world.

In 1994, the Lord led the Camps back to their roots in Trenton, Georgia, to continue Silent Word Ministries. Their goal has always been to “Tell the Deaf more about Jesus.” Since then the ministry has grown wonderfully. Today Silent Word Ministries is a world-wide ministry, reaching many deaf people each year with the Gospel.

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President & Bookkeeper

Jon & Diane Barr, EOB

Jon and Diane Barr have been missionaries to deaf people since 1984. In 2000, they merged their missionary work with SWM and...

Jon and Diane Barr have been missionaries to deaf people since 1984. They are graduates of Bob Jones University. In 1976, Jon learned Sign Language from a missionary who came to his church in Florida, and later, became a certified interpreter. Jon and Diane were married in 1981, and served at Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida, as Pastor to the Deaf and Christian school teachers under Pastor Loyal Carlson. Palm Springs Drive Baptist is the Barr’s missionary sending church.

In 2000, the Barrs merged their missionary work with SWM, and Jon Barr was appointed by Ted Camp to be the president. Jon brought his expertise in the areas of the Internet, videos, computers, Sign Language and Deaf ministries. He produces SWM videos, DVDs, and the web page, and assists in all areas of the ministry. Diane, his wife, serves as the bookkeeper, assisting in office operations. She serves on the Executive Operating Board. Jon Barr is able and qualified to continue the operations of SWM. The Barrs’ burden is to start deaf ministries, strengthen existing deaf ministries, and create materials which can be used to teach deaf people the Good News of God’s Word. Their two adult children, Rebekah and Joshua, also know Sign Language.

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Vice President & NE Director

Jim & Terry Bracelin, EOB

Jim and Terry Bracelin were raised in Christian families and received Christ early in life. They attended Lancaster...

Jim and Terry Bracelin were raised in Christian families and received Christ early in life. They attended Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. They first met Ted and Carlene Camp during an evangelistic meeting at the Church of the Open Door in Westminster, MD in the early 80’s. In 1999, during a meeting with Ted Camp, God touched Jim’s heart with the need to reach deaf people with the Gospel. He later became a senior pastor at Calvary Bible Church in PA.

Jim and Terry now minister to deaf and deaf ministries in the Northeast, Canada, and the Ukraine as directors of SWM Northeast with their headquarters in Pennsylvania. Jim is an avid soul-winner and has been appointed by Ted Camp to be vice president of SWM. As missionaries, the Bracelins hold Fantastic Saturdays, evangelistic meetings with the deaf, start deaf ministries, and help existing deaf ministries. They are thrilled to be able to serve with SWM and to reach the Deaf world for Christ.

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Advisor and Assistant

Frank & Ursala Rasmussen, EOB

Frank and Ursala Rasmussen were burdened to start a deaf ministry in their local church, so they attended...

Frank and Ursala Rasmussen were burdened to start a deaf ministry in their local church, so they attended the Bill Rice Ranch Sign Language school in 1976. God began bringing Deaf people to them and they have been involved in deaf ministry ever since. In 1977 the Rasmussens began Custom Service Hardware in Wisconsin. The Lord has given them wisdom, a great desire to serve Him, and has blessed their business so they can now serve Him in many different ways. Frank and Ursala have a great desire to see more Deaf people saved!
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International Director

David & Vicki Bennett, SWMI

David and Vicki Bennett were first appointed as missionaries to the country of Brazil in 1979. Along with their family...

David and Vicki Bennett were first appointed as missionaries to the country of Brazil in 1979. Along with their family, they served the Lord faithfully in Brazil for twenty-five years. In 2004, David and Vicki joined Silent Word Ministries and opened up an international department with the goal of reaching more Deaf for Christ around the world. David speaks in missions conferences in churches and colleges, challenging young and old alike with the need of missions, and specifically with the need to reach the Deaf internationally. He travels to foreign countries, surveying them for Deaf ministry. He seeks new missionaries in the USA for these foreign fields where the needs are greatest and challenges many nationals to fulfill the Great Commission by also reaching out to the Deaf both in their own country and surrounding countries. David works with local churches to set up missions conferences and counsels churches as to how to improve upon their past conferences. David has led several mission teams to the Deaflympics and DeafNation World Expos. David and Vicki have 10 children. Their family is supported prayerfully and financially by local churches and Christian individuals who are burdened for lost Deaf people around the world.

Mission Team

“All the world” includes the Deaf!

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Home Office Missionary

Tabitha Beam

Tabitha Beam developed an interest in learning sign language through watching the interpreter at her church...

Tabitha Beam developed an interest in learning sign language through watching the interpreter at her church where she grew up in TN. In 2005, God directed her to take a mission trip to the Philippines to help with summer Deaf camp,where she met a missionary who told her about Silent Word Ministries. God used the trip to the Philippines to begin directing her into full-time deaf ministry. In 2009, she attended college in Nashville to study sign language interpreting.Since 2011, she has been serving at SWM as a home-office missionary who daily ensures that the ministry functions while others are in meetings. Some of her daily duties are answering the phone, handling all mail orders, sending missionary prayer letters, overseeing literature inventories, directing office volunteers, assisting with social media outreach & website upkeep. She also assists SWM missionaries, helping their ministries function more efficiently. In simple words, she serves to help others serve. Tabitha is involved in the local church deaf ministry and assists in SWM meetings. She also assists in SWMI team trips. Her sending church is Franklin Road Baptist Church.
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Missionary To Deaf in Romania

Nicole Condra

Nicole Condra is a second-generation missionary to the deaf. She grew up knowing sign language and working with deaf people alongside her...

Nicole Condra is a second-generation missionary to the deaf. She grew up knowing sign language and working with deaf people alongside her parents, Reed and Donna Condra. When once asked about her specific call into deaf missions, Nicole thought and replied, “I don’t ever remember a time when God called me out of deaf missions.”In 2004, she was asked by leaders of Silent Word Ministries to serve as a home-office missionary. This she did for 6 years. Nicole resigned her office responsibilities in 2011 and focused on further training to prepare her for the foreign field.
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Missionary to the Deaf USA

Reed & Donna Condra

Since 1981, the Condras have served with Bill Rice Ranch Missions, in the Bahamas, as interim pastor, and with deaf people...

The Reed Condra family have been missionaries since 1981. Their ministry has been quite varied, serving the Lord with Bill Rice Ranch Missions, with local churches in the Bahamas, as interim pastor, and, of course, with deaf people. In January of 1998, the Condras joined Silent Word Ministries. Through the years, the Condras have served in deaf rallies and meetings, local church deaf ministries, and deaf camp programs. Donna loves to work with children in conferences while Reed speaks to the deaf and deaf workers. Reed has been called “The Bible Teacher” at SWM, and he loves to make the Old Testament clear and understandable. The Condras base their ministry out of Morning Star Baptist Church in Whitwell, TN.

Mission Statement: “But We Will Give Ourselves … To The Ministry Of The Word … So Deaf People Will Be Saved … Families Strengthened … Churches Served” Acts 6:4.

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Ministry of Helps Tech Personal Evangelism

Larry & Diana Galyen

Larry and Diana are a retired couple who want to continue to serve the Lord in this season of their life. Larry has pastored three churches...

Larry and Diana are a retired couple who want to continue to serve the Lord in this season of their life. Larry has pastored three churches and served as a layman in many capacities of the church. Larry has also worked in the Information Technology field for 16 years, solving both hardware and software issues. Diana has taught school and homeschooled all seven of their children. Along with her computer and grammar skills, Diana will be doing a lot of proof reading. Larry and Diana are also assisting with SWM social media, website, and serving in evangelistic outreach ministries.

Mission Statement: Sharing the Word of God in the Printed Word, In Digital World, With our Hands From our Heart

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Missionaries to Deaf Canada

Bud & Jenna Ring

Jeremy (Bud) & Jenna Ring are missionaries to Canada. In 2009, through the ministry of Jim Bracelin, they began...

Jeremy (Bud) & Jenna Ring are missionaries to Canada. In 2009, through the ministry of Jim Bracelin, SWM Vice President, they began working with Deaf people in their area. God touched their hearts to win Deaf for Christ. Both are excited about serving the Lord as a missionary family. Jeremy says, “By God’s grace and with His help, I want to spread the good news of salvation to the Deaf World.” The Rings are sent by Blessed Hope Baptist Church (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada – Pastor Percy Lake).
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Deaf Missionary To Deaf

Allen Snare

Allen Snare is a deaf man reaching deaf people. Allen has a great burden to see deaf people saved both in America and around...

Allen Snare is a deaf man reaching deaf people. His late wife, Debbie, was saved under his preaching. Debbie passed away in January, 2006, after a 5-year battle with cancer. They have one hearing daughter, Joy, who is married, and has two deaf sons, John and Justin. Allen has a great burden to see deaf people saved both in America and around the world. He is a wonderful soul-winner and preaches clear messages that deaf people can understand. Both deaf and hearing congregations can be blessed by his dynamic preaching.

Mission Statement: “My Heart’s Desire Is To See More Deaf Saved.”

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Deaf Church Planters, Missouri

Paul & Rachel Strosnider

In the year 2000, the Lord burdened Paul's heart for Deaf people. Rachel surrendered to Deaf missions in 2003. She began...

Paul Strosnider was called to preach as a teen while working at the Bill Rice Ranch. Paul graduated from Bob Jones University in 1992. He served as assistant pastor for five years in two churches in Iowa and South Carolina, and then for three years, he assisted two missionary families in church planting in the Marshall Islands. In 2000, the Lord burdened Paul's heart for Deaf people. In 2002, he began a deaf ministry in a hearing church. Paul joined Silent Word Ministries in 2005. Rachel surrendered to Deaf missions in 2003. She began attending Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf in 2005, a church-planting outreach from the hearing church where Paul began a deaf ministry. In 2008, God led Paul and Rachel together as husband and wife. They are now serving the Lord as SWM missionaries to the Deaf at Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri. Their goal is to turn this church over to a Deaf pastor, and establish other Deaf churches to fulfill the Great Commission.

Mission Statement: “Planting Deaf Churches to Fulfill the Great Commission”

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Missionaries to Deaf Gabon

Bruce & Amanda Stuart

Bruce and Amanda Stuart were raised in Christian homes. During a missions conference God called Bruce to the country of Gabon...

Bruce and Amanda Stuart were raised in Christian homes, Amanda in Torrington, Connecticut and Bruce in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Both received the Lord at an early age. After a time of struggling with doubt as she grew older, Amanda received assurance at the age of 11. During a missions conference with Dr. James Ray of BIMI, God called Bruce to serve in the country of Gabon, Africa. He studied ASL (American Sign Language) in college. After a discussion with Missionary Eric Baughman also with BIMI, Bruce fought with God before finally surrendering to full-time ministry among the Deaf, specifically in Gabon, Africa. His burden is for the Deaf to know God in a personal way and desires to serve God in Africa to this end.
Rusty & Cassandra VanDonkelaar
Deaf Church Planting Missionaries, South Carolina

Rusty & Cassandra VanDonkelaar

Rusty grew up in a Christian family and attended Harvest Bible College (Ringgold, GA), where he was saved. The Lord burdened...

Rusty grew up in a Christian family and attended Harvest Bible College (Ringgold, GA), where he was saved. The Lord burdened him to become a pastor. He struggled with where the Lord wanted him. He resisted God’s call back to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. But in 2015, after visiting Greenville and seeing the need, he surrendered to the Lord’s call to start a Deaf Church there.
Mission Statement: “Planting Deaf Churches to Fulfill the Great Commission”

Silent Word Ministry

Board Members

SWM is grateful for our “working” board with pastors, laymen, and missionaries all with a desire to help us reach the Deaf World for Christ.

SWM Executive Operating Board (EOB)

  • Ted Camp – Overseer
  • Jon Barr – Director of Operations, Director of SWMission Board
  • Jim Bracelin – Director of SWM Outreach Ministries
  • Assistants – Carlene Camp, Diane Barr, Terry Bracelin

 

Board Members

  • Don Baker
  • Jon & Diane Barr
  • Jim & Terry Bracelin
  • Ted & Carlene Camp
  • Jack Case
  • Pastor Keith Hamilton
  • Janie Joiner
  • Frank Rasmussen
  • Dr. Reggie Rempel

Consultants

  • Derrell Gaddis
  • Danny Bradford
  • Anthony Dugan
  • Eddy Gifford
  • Henry Smith

Board Members

  • Larry Case
  • Louise Case
  • Lee Clemmons
  • Bill R. Gearrin
  • Jerry Grisham
  • Bob Van Sant
  • Calvin & Pam Spurgin
  • Mike Tate
  • Johnny Warren

Ministry Spiritual Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Walters (Pastor, Southside Baptist Church, SC)