Rev. & Mrs. Lester H. Belt
Rev. Lester H. Belt is the founder and the Director of
Deaf Family Ministries. He is the son of deaf parents, attended
Baptist Bible College, earned a B.Min., from Master's International
School of Divinity, was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1971
and thereafter spent 14 years in full-time deaf ministry during
which time he spent nine years ministering to Gallaudet students and
alumni in the Washington, DC area. Les has traveled extensively,
ministering to deaf people from New York to California and in
foreign countries. He has been a certified interpreter (Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf) since 1977. Les is a member of the
American Association of Christian Counselors.
Presently he conducts Deaf Family Workshops across the
country, equipping deaf families and deaf individuals with Godly
principles that can make a difference in their lives.
Rev. Belt and his wife Willie have been married for forty
five years, have four children and four grandchildren.
Bill and Sarah Wainscott
Bill and Sarah Wainscott work to
make the gospel accessible and relevant to deaf people and their
families in a variety of contexts.
Bill’s strengths are his passion
for deaf people and his fluency in American Sign Language. He brings
more than fifteen years of experience with deaf students, elementary
through high school. Bill has invested heavily in building strong,
mentoring relationships with young deaf men in school, church , and
community settings. In ministry his focus is integrity of message
and character, working to clearly communicate Christ to deaf people.
Sarah is an expert teacher who
loves bringing language into the lives of young deaf children and
their families, from working in parent education through university
instruction. She shares Christ though nurturing relationships and
coaching both parents of deaf children and deaf mothers in homes,
agencies, and church groups.
For Bill and Sarah faith and
family are absolutely integrated. They are working to effectively
pair the message of the gospel with the compassionate works of
Christ, always in an accessible way. As a team they have taught sign
language classes and led support groups for families of deaf
children, worked in deaf ministry through their local church, and
opened their home to deaf married couples in need of spiritual and
practical support. Their family includes two deaf children by
adoption, and they are working to develop tools to effectively
communicate the gospel to students who are deaf through a variety of