Deaf Bible Society

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The Deaf Bible Society works with various organizations bringing them together with a unified mission to get the Word of God to all Deaf people in their heart sign language. Deaf Bible Society currently offers Scripture access in 25+ unique sign language Bible translations on our Deaf Bible mobile app. The Deaf can now access God's Word from anywhere in the world using their Apple and Android devices. The app offers the hope of Christ to the Deaf in the most dynamic way possible - in their heart sign language.

Deaf Bible Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization accredited with ECFA. We are a member of the National Association of the Deaf and a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Deaf Bible Society
PO Box 180818
Arlington, TX 76096


Phone: 1-800-654-3690


Organization details

EIN: 474285852

CEO/President: Chantel Pagan

Chairman: John Dickinson

Board size: 5

Founder: J.R. Bucklew

Year founded: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


Throughout history, Deaf people have been shunned or cast out of hearing communities. During the time of Greek philosophers Aristotle and Socrates, Deaf people were thought to have no intelligence. During Hitler's reign, Deaf people were tested and tormented in science experiments. In the United States during the 1800s, certain groups tried to pass laws to prevent Deaf people from marrying and having children. Even within the last century, Deaf people have been forced into orality and the use of signed systems that represent spoken languages, instead of being allowed the freedom to use their native sign language.

In 1960, William Stokoe, an English professor at Gallaudet University, began researching and writing about signed languages. For the first time, signed languages became recognized as full fledged, living languages, independent of spoken languages.

The work of translating the Bible into other languages has been around for centuries. For example, the English Bible was translated in the 1500s. Yet, not one of the world's 400+ known sign languages has a full Bible translation yet.

The historical mistreatment of the Deaf, the recent recognition of sign languages as unique and distinct languages, and the stark reality that no full Bible translation exists in any sign language yet-these reasons, and more, all contribute to the Deaf being one of the last and most unreached and unengaged people groups with the Gospel.

To fulfill our mission and to reflect our core values, Deaf Bible Society ensures that the truth of God's Word is clearly communicated in sign language videos with the Deaf community and culture in mind. Our vision is to create local, sustainable, great commission initiatives among the deaf to reveal the hope of the gospel so that every deaf person has the opportunity to receive, experience, and share it.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide God's Word in every sign language.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible, the inspired Word of God; it is completely trustworthy, speaking with supreme authority in all matters of belief and practice.

We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe all people, being created in the image of God, have intrinsic value, but as a result of sin are alienated from God and each other, and therefore in need of reconciliation.

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human; He demonstrated God's love for sinners by suffering the penalty of death in their place, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His people.

We believe all who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior are, by the grace of God, declared to be right with Him, receiving forgiveness and eternal life.

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally in glory, raise the dead, and judge the world.

We believe all people will rise from the dead, those who are in Christ to enjoy eternal life with God, and those who are lost to suffer eternal separation from Him.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who imparts new life to those who believe in Christ; through His indwelling presence and transforming power, He gives assurance and equips believers for holy living and effective service.

We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating646 of 81736 of 45
Fund acquisition rating731 of 81741 of 45
Resource allocation rating719 of 81741 of 45
Asset utilization rating225 of 81712 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$266,048$40,510$107,335$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,860,214$1,308,417$669,364$483,113
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,002,104$608,561$142,770$189,294
Other long-term assets$25,528$25,528$248,514$249,147
Total long-term assets$1,027,632$634,089$391,284$438,441
Total assets$2,887,846$1,942,506$1,060,648$921,554
Payables and accrued expenses$336,491$174,232$125,965$25,868
Other current liabilities$232,020$163,996$0$0
Total current liabilities$568,511$338,228$125,965$25,868
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$44,804$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$44,804$0$0$0
Total liabilities$613,315$338,228$125,965$25,868
Net assets2019201820172016
Temporarily restricted$1,012,223$573,854$40,069$484,238
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,274,531$1,604,278$934,683$895,686
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,288,271$4,162,236$1,809,891$1,793,508
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$6,223$0$0
Other revenue$5,130$441$229$220
Total other revenue$5,130$6,664$229$220
Total revenue$6,293,401$4,168,900$1,810,120$1,793,728
Program services$4,230,847$2,645,344$1,574,966$788,388
Management and general$659,914$497,252$128,508$57,978
Total expenses$5,700,522$3,582,546$1,771,123$898,042
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Surplus (deficit)$592,879$586,354$38,997$895,686
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$592,879$586,354$38,997$895,686


Jr BucklewPresident/CEO$101,061
Adan BurkeDir. of Oper.$81,209

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/27/2021. To update the information below, please email:


June 2011: A regional manager at Faith Comes By Hearing travels to the Philippines and encounters the needs of their Deaf community.

November 2012: Deaf Bible App version 1.0 is launched by Faith Comes By Hearing as an outreach ministry for the Deaf.

2013: website launches.

October 2014: Development of a sign language database, which eventually becomes Aveditz, began.

June 2015: A handful of visionaries working within Faith Comes by Hearing establish Deaf Bible Society as a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization. J.R. Bucklew serves as founding CEO and President.

July 2015: Deaf Bible Together, a Scripture engagement program, is established and the first microSD cards with sign language Scripture are distributed in Africa.

2016: Scripture Engagement Training in American Sign Language is developed and launched.

October 2016: Deaf Bible Society relocates headquarters to Arlington, TX. Deaf Church Where website launches.

Late 2016: A partnership forms with United Bible Societies to develop a Sign Language Bible Translation Tool (SLTT).

2017: International Scripture Engagement Training is developed and launched. Consultant and Resource Development (CoRD) program is established to address the urgent needs for consultants. November 2017: Museum of the Bible opens in Washington, D.C. and features Deaf Bible resources to educate the public about the need for sign language Bible translation. Deaf Bible Together program expands to Europe and Asia, microSD cards with sign language Scripture are distributed.

2019: The Josiah School of Translation (JST) develops curriculum and launches a pilot training program with the first cohort of five Deaf translation teams.

January 2019: Partnership with the Passion Conference raises nearly $450,000 for sign language Scripture engagement efforts in 16 countries.

April 2019: Aveditz website launches, a centralized place capturing research and information about the sign languages of the world.

January 2020: The mantle of CEO is passed to Chantel Pagan.

March 2020: More than 1,000 Prayer Partners are praying with Deaf Bible Society over the Sign Language Bible cause!

May 2020: Deaf Church Where features 737 churches and averages 1,500 visitors each month!

Today: Translated Bible content in 29+ sign languages are accessible through the Deaf Bible App and website.

The Bright Future: Every Deaf person has access to God's Word in their native sign language!

Program accomplishments

Deaf Bible Society provides free access to Bible translations by video in 25+ sign languages. We're working on even more translations.


Every $30 allows 1 Deaf person to share God's Word with at least 10 others in their community.