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J.R. is president of Deaf Bible Society and serves on the boards of several other Deaf ministries. Born a hearing child of Deaf parents (CODA), his first language growing up was American Sign Language (ASL), and he still considers ASL his heart language. J.R. has traveled to many parts of the world ministering to and being an advocate for the Deaf. Before working at Deaf Bible Society, J.R. and his wife, Feven, ministered to the Deaf in Ethiopia, starting a Deaf church and opening a café that exclusively employed Deaf people. They also formed two sign language centers and helped train others to work with the Deaf.