Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
WE BELIEVE the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
WE BELIEVE that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ in the preaching of the Gospel for the salvation of the lost.
Thomas & Debbie Turner
General Director & Home Office Administrator
Tom and Debbie have been serving the Lord in deaf ministries since 1989 when they served in Jamaica for 3 years. In 1993 they began serving with a new ministry called ICCD. In 1994, they returned to the states to assist Ernest Clark in managing the Home Office. Tom is currently the General Director of ICCD and Debbie is his trusted assistant and Office Administrator. Together they serve their Lord overseeing the Cuba, Mexico, The Bahamas, and Uganda ministries as well as working hard to reach precious Deaf in other countries with the Good News of Christ Jesus.
They have been married since 1970 and have three fine sons, Mitchell, Zachary and Joseph, 2 lovely daughters-in-law, Shannon and Hannah, and two granddaughters, Alayna and Kylie.
Mexico Campus Director
Originally from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Salvador has been married to his wife, Yadira, for 20 years and they have 3 children. He has a strong background in business, finance, engineering, Christian radio, Pastor and Christian counseling. Salvador felt God calling him into the Deaf ministry when he assisted in a leadership role at an ICCD summer camp for deaf children in 2017. He saw the need for the Deaf to know about Jesus and felt a responsibility to learn how he could share his Faith with the Deaf community. Since then he has had a passion to reach the Deaf with Christ. Salvador has served full-time with us since June 2017 and accepted the position as General Director in July of 2019.
Cuban Island Leadership Team
Our Cuba team of brothers and sisters in Christ have been serving the Lord and the Deaf community for over 30 years. ICCD’s Cuba Deaf ministry, Oidos Sordos Corazones Oyentes (OSCO), translates to “Deaf Hears, but Hearing Hearts.” Currently, our co-directors of this ministry also sit on OSCO’s Board of Trustees.
We support our directors and leadership team in Cuba and they work they do with hundreds of volunteers across the island. We’re excited to see where our partnerships in Cuba lead ICCD and hope to continue serving the Deaf there through our good Lord for many years to come.
Kayla Rohr holds an ASL-English Interpretation degree from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Kayla worked as a staff Interpreter at RIT for four years. A summer missions trip with ICCD in 2011 prompted Kayla to pursue full-time missions work. In 2013, she joined ICCD and was sent on a two-year mission term in Nassau, Bahamas, to establish outreach and ministry services for Deaf children and adults on the Family Islands. She returned to the States two years later and continues to support and oversee ICCD’s Bahamian and international Deaf ministry efforts from ICCD’s main office.
Mexico National Coordinator
Guillermo was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and has 2 daughters with his late wife, Elizabeth Trujillo, who went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2016. He is founder, evangelist, and director of “Tidings of Great Joy” in Mexico City and “Guillermo Villanueva Ministries” in McAllen, Texas. He is a preacher and producer of the radio program “Un Rayo de Esperanza” that is broadcast across the U.S., Mexico, Spain and almost all Latin American countries. Guillermo has celebrated more than 1,100 evangelistic crusades that have led to over 100,000 people accepting Christ. His heart for Christ and the Deaf led him to serve as a Board Member for MCCS for many years and as the ICCD Mexico National Coordinator currently.
Mexico Financial Advisor
Roberto was born in the City of Poza Rica, Veracruz. He has a degree in accounting and several years of work experience in that field. In 1991 he entered Seminary answering God’s call to become a pastor. Roberto has been a pastor, Church planter, and ministry founder for many years wherever the Lord has called him to go. In 1995, he moved to the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, where he had the opportunity to serve as a Youth Pastor. In 2000, he married Debora Zomohano Ramírez and the Lord blessed them with 3 children. In 2013, 2nd Baptist Church in Reynosa invited him to be the pastor of their church. Today, Roberto serves with ICCD/MCCS to help raise awareness and better the lives of the Deaf.
Bridges of Glory International Uganda Director
Bishop Dr. Wandera Paul was 6th born in a Catholic family with 8 children. At the age of four, Paul’s dad was brutally and suddenly murdered by armed military men. He was raised by his beloved mother, but suffered greatly due to injustices that many children still face on a daily basis.
Due to his suffering, Paul and his family decided to appoint him as the one to offer sacrifices to the evil spirits of their family. That’s when he started practicing Voodoo and witch crafts, which he continued for four years. One day, Paul heard a clear voice call his name “Paul, Paul, why don’t you serve me?” To Paul, he thought maybe it was one of the evil spirits that he wronged. But the next morning, he went looking for a pastor and explained what had happened when the pastor told him it was Jesus who came to him. Paul received Jesus as his Lord and Savior and that was the beginning of the total transformation of his life. He started preaching door to door and testifying to people and many turned to Jesus after hearing his testimony.
In 1998, he planted his first church. The passion of seeing the lost come to Jesus kept him going, and to date he has planted 45 churches across Uganda. He trains pastors and equips them to go serve where needed most. Influenced by his own suffering, Paul decided to start an orphanage and school to cater for the less privileged. Today, his school has helped nearly 500 orphans, Deaf, and hearing students.
Makhai Church of Uganda Nursery & Primary School Head Mistress
Lydia is a loving servant of the Lord and children. She is in charge of a large school in Uganda that serves 800 students. Many of the children have special needs and 65 are are Deaf. Lydia values every child and life, she strives to give then good Christian values and education. Her work is truly making a important impact on these students’ lives and the local community.
ALBC Deaf Ministry Team of The Bahamas
This team of wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ have been serving the Lord and the Deaf community since 2017. They were trained by our first Bahamian missionaries and minister to the Deaf through their church in Nassau where they provide Interpreted Sunday Services, Friday night youth group, and various other activities throughout the year. Each team member plays an important role in encouraging and leading the Deaf community to follow Christ. This team includes: Keyanna Humes, Rovan Humes, Marisha Humes, Annamae Hamilton, Jerusha Butler, Daneen Maycock, and Corrine Evans.
The Daniel Family of Mexico
Called by God to be missionaries with ICCD, Jeffrey and Jodi have 7 children and are living at the ICCD/MCCS campus in Rio Bravo where they serve the local Deaf community. They act as the Work Team coordinators, in which they are responsible for the oversight and care of the U.S. teams and offer daily operational assistance to the director of the ministry.
In 1992, Founder Ernest P. Clark established ICCD as a 501c3 ministry, gathered a board of directors, and began travels to Cuba and Mexico. Inspired by the work CCCD was doing in Jamaica ICCD wanted to expand their mission to reach other areas of the world.
A New Door Opens in Cuba
In 1994, God connected us to 2 pastors. The ministry quickly grew, spreading across the entire Island with Deaf ministries being established in every province and in hundreds of Christian churches.
Expanding to Rio-Bravo
Next, God moved ICCD to start a school in Rio-Bravo, Mexico. A government building initially served as the classroom for the Deaf. God graciously provided $60,000 to purchase 27 acres and with the help of four missionary families and many American work teams, the campus began to take shape. A two-story school, two residential homes, a multi-purpose building, team dormitories, and much more were developed.
ICCD Expands to the Bahamas
In 2014, ICCD sent two missionaries, Kayla Rohr and Tali DiPalma to partner with Abundant Life Bible Church in Nassau, Bahamas. With the support and encouragement of Pastor Cranston Knowles, Kayla and Tali established a good Deaf network in Nassau and the Family Islands.
ICCD heads to Uganda, Africa
In 2018, we were fortunate enough to partner with local churches, organizations, and teachers in Uganda, Africa on the opening of our fourth location! This residential school and ministry provides a safe home, educational, and faith-based environment for countless Deaf children and young adults in the area.
ICCD Equips a Church in Bolivia
In April 2019, an ICCD team traveled to La Paz to train leaders in the Church on beginning a Deaf ministry. The church continues to serve the Deaf community through interpreted services and outreach events.