Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries

The purpose of the Conference Deaf and Hard of Hearing Committee is to identify the need for ministry with deaf/hard of hearing people and develop resources for it.

The terms "deaf" and "hard of hearing" are descriptive of a wide range of people. Some are hearing-impaired due to conditions that have existed from (or near) birth; some have lost hearing due to age and/or other advancing physical challenges; some have experienced loss due to trauma.

The population for this ministry is scattered. No one community within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference is serving a concentrated group; but throughout the IGRC there are church trying to offer ministry with deaf/hard of hearing individuals. The committee seeks to be a partner in this endeavor.

The committee works closely with Carrie Grieme, the coordinator of American Sign Language interpreters for the IGRC. She offers a free ASL class weekly at Jacksonville Centenary UMC.

  • Judy Doyle

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee

  • Carrie Grieme

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee


  • Bill Latham

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee

  • Kelly Latham

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee

  • Bunny Wolfe

    Connectional Ministries Team

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee

    GC Delegate - Laity

    Coordinator of Missions and Outreach

    (217) 529-2749

  • Vickie Yakey

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Committee