Deaf Bible Society

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Around the globe, 98% of Deaf people have never been introduced to the gospel. Deaf Christians are working hard to advance Bible translation and access in their communities, and also to establish and grow church ministries. But the task is simply too big to do without advocates like you. As you discover the passionate people engaged with Deaf Bible Society, will you join us?

Contact information

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


Phone: 1-800-654-3690

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 474285852

CEO/President: Chantel Pagan

Chairman: John Dickinson

Board size: 10

Founder: J.R. Bucklew

Ruling year: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


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 rating751 of 111227 of 46
Fund acquisition rating288 of 111312 of 46
Resource allocation rating802 of 111333 of 46
Asset utilization rating902 of 111232 of 46

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$7,217$6,038$266,048$40,510
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,780,784$2,945,462$1,755,421$1,860,214$1,308,417
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$989,558$1,003,174$1,023,435$1,002,104$608,561
Other long-term assets$8,780$8,780$26,474$25,528$25,528
Total long-term assets$998,338$1,011,954$1,049,909$1,027,632$634,089
Total assets$7,779,122$3,957,416$2,805,330$2,887,846$1,942,506
Payables and accrued expenses$132,030$247,201$203,399$336,491$174,232
Other current liabilities$0$0$261,680$232,020$163,996
Total current liabilities$132,030$247,201$465,079$568,511$338,228
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$46,682$44,804$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$46,682$44,804$0
Total liabilities$132,030$247,201$511,761$613,315$338,228
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,596,056$1,355,134$1,263,403$1,262,308$1,030,424
With donor restrictions$5,051,036$2,355,081$1,030,166$1,012,223$573,854
Net assets$7,647,092$3,710,215$2,293,569$2,274,531$1,604,278
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Total contributions$4,157,898$5,438,486$6,462,367$6,288,271$4,162,236
Program service revenue$0$67,218$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$26,505$0($93,679)$0$6,223
Other revenue$167,150$39,463$3,160$5,130$441
Total other revenue$193,655$106,681($90,519)$5,130$6,664
Total revenue$4,351,553$5,545,167$6,371,848$6,293,401$4,168,900
Program services$2,086,067$3,075,578$4,516,156$4,230,847$2,645,344
Management and general$550,590$735,113$975,369$659,914$497,252
Total expenses$2,809,300$4,128,521$6,495,007$5,700,522$3,582,546
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$1,542,253$1,416,646($123,159)$592,879$586,354
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,542,253$1,416,646($123,159)$592,879$586,354


Chantel PaganCEO$166,991

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/25/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.