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About Us


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About Us


Elders

Darrell Bonjour Senior Elder

Darrell is the senior pastor and elder of Amarillo Deaf Church. Along with two other Deaf members, Darrell co-founded Amarillo Deaf Church (as Paramount Baptist Deaf Mission) in 1980.

Darrell has led multiple Deaf conferences, camps, and mission trips, and he is a respected leader among the Deaf in the United States. He currently serves as the president of Texas Baptist Deaf Ministries and is a c0-founding board member of Deaf Men's Conference. Darrell and his wife, Gay Lynn, raised 5 children (3 Deaf), and have 6 grandchildren. 

Mark Sturkie Elder

Mark has been an elder at Amarillo Deaf Church since 2014. For many years, he served as the director of Panhandle Council for the Deaf. In this role, Mark acted as an advocate for the Deaf community by providing interpreting services, sign language classes, and various Deaf-centered workshops. Prior to his work at Panhandle Council for the Deaf, Mark served for 19 years on staff at Silent Friends Chapel in Dallas, TX.

Mark is now retired. He and his wife, Cindy, have been members of ADC since 1994. They have 2 grown children.


Staff

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Melanie Lyons Ministry Associate

Melanie serves as a ministry associate at Amarillo Deaf Church. In the summer of 1999, Melanie began working as a summer missionary at what was then Paramount Baptist Deaf Church, and in 2000 she joined as staff. 

Melanie's responsibilities range from administrative to children and youth ministries. She loves encouraging the children and youth of ADC to find their identity in Christ. Melanie and her husband, Brancent, have 2 children. 

 
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What We Believe


What We Believe


Beliefs

Amarillo Deaf Church is an affiliated member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Our foundational beliefs align with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

Vision

Our vision is to see the Deaf community, both in Amarillo and in the world, encounter the love of God and His mighty power so that they lead lives that glorify him.