Deaf Ministry

Felllowship within the Deaf community

We are a multicultural community that connects with all people regardless of culture, ethnicity, or any other divider.

Our community is inclusive of the hearing and the deaf.

The purpose of our deaf ministry here at Bethany is to help Deaf people begin and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Deaf Ministry Team, led by a dedicated group of Deaf leaders, is the catalyst for a range of ministry opportunities for Deaf people – and, Deaf people also serve in a broad range of ministries across the spectrum of our church such as:

  • Visual Worship
  • Communications and publicity
  • Missions
  • Facilities and grounds maintenance
  • Special events
  • Bible teaching
Deaf Ministry members gathering food during a potluck


Elder Billy Ennis

Billy Ennis

Billy, his wife Natalie, and their children Liam and Lily have been members of Bethany for 17 years. He has led the Deaf Ministry for 15 years and serves as an elder for the last 10 years. The Ennis family is active in serving Bethany. Natalie provides CART for the Sunday morning services. Liam and Lily serve on the AV team, Children’s Ministry, and the Worship team. Billy is an associate professor of History at Gallaudet University. The Ennis family and their German Shepherd, Mika, reside in Catonsville.

Our worship services are all inclusive in our expressions of worship.

In order to ensure that the gospel is presented to all members of our congregation we provide both American Sign Language interpretation as well as real time captioning (CART). All of our music is presented in a visual format as well.

CART, or Communication Access Realtime Translation, is the translation of spoken words into English text. At Bethany, we project these real-time captions onto a large screen set up on the stage so that they are visible to anyone in the room who may find it useful for following the service.

Fun and Fellowship

Between monthly potlucks/restaurant gatherings. weekly Bible studies and prayer Zooms, monthly men’s breakfasts, and more, there are plenty of ways to join the fun.  Check out our upcoming events below.  Click on any event to learn more.