Northeast Jurisdiction


November 11, 2017

NEJ Celebrates Thanksgiving

350 people attended the Annual Thanksgiving Feast hosted by the Peninsula-Delaware Conference Deaf Ministries at Grace Church (UMC) in Wilmington, DE.

a side view, traditional church interior, full of people at the concert, with Megg Rose on the platform at the left.

The guest performer was Megg Rose of Deaf Women of Faith from California. Megg Rose is a wonderful, inspiring Deaf Christian sign artist. She shared her testimony and many songs with the Deaf people who attended. You can find her on YouTube, Facebook, and on her website.

poster for event, shows Megg Rose with her hands raised, text reads Absolutely love being a Deaf worship leader and there's no greater gift than God's unconditional love. picture of Megg Rose and Karen Miller standing together

People came from distances over 3 hours away and were inspired. Many of the Deaf people who attended do not have any Deaf ministry near them so this was an opportunity for us to all be together in praise and worship. This event was filled with food, fun and Christian fellowship.

picture from back of church showing Megg Rose on platform.

We are grateful to Grace Church and our pastor, Rev Anne Pruett-Barnett, for their great support of Deaf ministries.


November 12, 2016

Thanksgiving feast, Grace UMC, 900 N. Washington St., Wilmington DE 1901, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.


June 2016


Karen Miller becomes first Deaf CLM


October 2015


120 Years of Deaf Ministry
By Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.; photos by Kirk VanGilder

Saturday, October 10, 2015 was the celebration dinner for Christ Church of the Deaf's 120 years of Deaf ministry. The celebratory dinner was held at Arbutus United Methodist Church. Former pastors were invited to return, to share, celebrate, and to give praises to God for the church's ministry. Though there was smaller turn out compared to the 100 year anniversary, those who attended were treated to a nice dinner, joyful entertainment, and were able to share favorite moments with one another.

The Rev. Tony Love represented Bishop Marcus Matthews, who was attending to ministry matters in Puerto Rico. Rev. Love read a congratulatory letter by the bishop who shared in the church celebration. Also, a letter from Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Pen-Del conference was read by the Rev. Dr. Sandi Johnson prior to dinner being served. In the letter, Bishop Johnson stated she was proud to serve as the church's pastor for twenty years and was glad to lead the church into a new era and closed with how important their gifts were to the church-at-large. The Deaf men's choir and the church choir both performed for the crowd, echoing further the gifts by those performing. After dinner, the keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. Kirk VanGilder and he concluded his remarks by saying that the next 120 years will be just as memorable. The church's choir and the Deaf men's choir performed additional songs for the audience, which was followed by guest dancers.

As the evening concluded, individuals and families stayed and fellowshipped together — a noticeable trademark of not only Deaf culture, but the church's culture as well.

Deaf choir on stage Deaf choir on stage Speaker on stage


November 2014

The NEJ UMCD met on November 22, 2014.
The morning featured a meeting and the afternoon featured a Deaf community Thanksgiving event with Chad Entinger from Deaf Missions.
Attendance was 170.

panorama photo showing attendees at event, including Bishop Johnson.


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