At ReachTheDeaf.com, we aim to equip, encourage and engage Christian leaders with the resources they need as they establish and grow local church Deaf ministries.
We started after a fishing trip between two old college roommates who were both involved in Deaf Ministry. We (Joseph and Cody) talked about our frustration about how limited the resources were for people like us who were trying to “figure out” Deaf Ministry. After complaining to one another for a while, we decided to do something about it! Out on that Florida lake, in a 14 foot Jon Boat, we started brainstorming about what would become ReachTheDeaf.com. After a great deal of research and planning, we started ReachTheDeaf.com later that year to reach out to people serving in Deaf Ministries all over the world!
Authors and General Editors
Cody Holland is a Deaf ministry director at CrossRoads Ministries in Daytona Beach, Florida. He learned about ASL and Deaf Ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he graduated from Trinity Baptist College in 2012 with a degree in Pastoral Theology. He currently lives in Daytona Beach with his wife, Michele, son, Oliver, and daughter, Oakley.
Joseph Kotvas is a missionary to the Deaf in Lima, Peru at Efata Ministries. His parents are seasoned missionaries to the Deaf in Lima and Joseph spent a good part of his childhood on the mission field. He graduated from Trinity Baptist College in 2012 with a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Special Education. He currently resides in Lima, Peru with his wife, Zulema, and son, Joseph. You can find out more about his ministry here.
Jon Barr is the president of Silent Word Ministries, a ministry which is dedicated to publishing, printing and preaching the Word of God to evangelize and teach deaf people. He has been a missionary to the deaf since 1984 and has helped countless churches establish Deaf Ministries all over America.
Garry Martin is the pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida. He has served as pastor for over 20 years. Heritage Baptist has a vibrant, active Deaf Ministry.
Joe Kotvas pastors at Efata Ministries in Lima, Peru. Efata Ministries encompasses a Church for the Deaf and Hearing, a Bible Institute to train people for Deaf Ministry, a children’s home for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and a school for the Deaf. Before arriving in Peru in 1999, Joe Kotvas served as an assistant pastor at both Emmanuel Baptist Church and Labelle Baptist Temple in Southwest Florida. He has also authored “Into the Silence,” a handbook on practical Deaf missions.
John Olson has decades of experience in Deaf ministry. He has preached to and pastored Deaf people all over the world. After graduating Bible College he served as a missionary to the Deaf in Germany for several years. He spent 17 years as the Deaf Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2017 he resigned as Deaf Pastor to pursue missions.
Steve Houghton has over 30 years of leadership experience serving in Deaf Ministries. He has established and lead several Deaf ministries in Florida, always equipping leaders and releasing the ministry to them. Along with serving as an Evangelist to the Deaf and a Deaf Camp director, he has served Deaf Ministries in Saint Augustine, Edgewater, Orange City, Jacksonville, and Daytona Beach.