SANTA FE (BNM) – On Oct. 26, 2019, the New Mexico Baptist Conference of the Deaf elected new officers. They were Richard Cole, president; Louis Flett, vice president; Jayme Trujillo, secretary; and Bobby J. Graff, treasurer. NMBCD members also elected Barbara Flett, workshop chairperson; James Wooden Legs, Deaf camp chairperson; Eli Galvan, New Mexico missions chairperson; and Tina Lehrenz and Virginia Beckett, editors. Officers serve two-year terms.
The new officers met Feb. 2 for a calendar planning meeting. Their proposed calendar included a spring revival, Deaf Family and Youth Camp and an annual fall workshop and business meeting.
NMBCD members are active members of Southern Baptist churches. They vote on yearly event decisions and proposed expenditures. The Baptist Convention of New Mexico helps the organization with member registration and with funding.
The NMBCD emerged from Deaf ministry work during the 1970s. Joe Hawn, a catalytic missionary, prepared Deaf believers to lead the Christian Deaf community. His work created a need for leader support that prompted the formation of the NMBCD.
The NMBCD has several purposes. It connects together New Mexico’s Deaf people. It addresses local spiritual needs. And, it offers annual training, workshops, worship and summer camps. The NMBCD conducts its work using American Sign Language.
The Southern Baptist Conference of the Deaf is a similar, national organization. It celebrated its 71st anniversary in 2019. NMBCD participates with the SBCD and sends representatives to its annual meetings.