, who helped pioneer deaf ministries for Southern Baptists, couldn't agree more.
Co-founder of the Texas Baptist Conference of the Deaf
and a former field consultant on ministry to the deaf with the HMB
said the ABCD
is one outlet that allows him to realize "the fruit" of his
48 years in the ministry.
Texas was the first state in which a conference of this nature was established, so to see 19 state conferences 60 years later "is thrilling," explained Bearden
, who inspired David Richardson to be involved in deaf ministry while they were in seminary more than 50 years ago.
"From my experiences, I realize there's a great need to have all the churches that have deaf work to … get together for fellowship, for training and for the exchanging of ideas for the improvement of deaf ministry," said Bearden, who in retirement is serving as interim pastor of Annistown Road Deaf Mission, Snellville, Ga.