Board of Directors
Chris is an agribusiness woman living in Carson, IA. Chris has a strong connection to deaf ministry.
Debbie was born to Bill and Ida Klahn on June 19, 1952, and is the second of three children. She graduated from Merrillville High School in Merrillville, IN in 1970. Debbie then attended Lincoln Christian College (now a part of Lincoln Christian University) from 1970, graduating in 1974. One of the first people she met on Lincoln’s campus was Terry Dowling, a deaf employee of the college. Terry became a friend and began to teach Debra Signed English. Debra worked with Terry from the very beginning with the Deaf Ministry at Catlin Christian Church in Catlin, IL. She also interpreted for Terry in the college chapel and in the classrooms. As Debbie’s friendship with Vicki grew, Vicki joined in, helping in these three areas of service. Debbie joined with Vicki Drummond in 1975 to start “In His Sign”, a ministry to deaf people. Debbie returned to Lincoln in 1990 to work on her Master of Arts in World Missions from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and graduated in 1995. Currently, Debra is working on her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN.
Dane King is the founder of Deaf Missions, www.deafmissions.com a Christian nonprofit that was started in 1966 and incorporated in 1970. Duane served as Executive Director of Deaf Missions for 38 years. In 2007, he resigned as Executive Director, but continues working for Deaf Missions in the areas of public relations and fundraising. Duane lives in Council Bluffs, IA with his wife Peggy.
JD, along with Debbie Klahn and Vicki Drummond, founded Deaf Child Hope International in March of 2010. JD has over 24 years’ experience in the nonprofit arena. JD’s past roles in nonprofits include: development director, business manager, conference director, event planner, director of marketing, associate minister, worship minister, church planter, festival director, and president. Along with his role with Deaf Child Hope, JD is the part-time worship minister at Kingsway Christian Church in Omaha, NE. JD is the son of Duane King, founder of Deaf Missions and grew up around deaf ministry. JD has a business degree from the University of Iowa, a ministry degree from Nebraska Christian College, and a master’s degree from Cincinnati Christian University. The father of McKenzie, Dakota, and Kassidy, JD lives with his wife Tia in Papillion, NE.
Lisa Joy Van Sant
Lisa is a wife to Mike Van Sant and mother to 4 children…Jessie, 20 yrs, Heather, 18 years, Jayden 13 yrs, and Hannah 11 yrs. Jayden was born profoundly deaf and that is where Lisa’s involvement with deaf children started. She also adopted a daughter, Hannah, from China in 2003. Hannah is also profoundly deaf. All of her children bring her much joy and she has grown so much personally and spiritually through raising them. Lisa works at Sully Christian School part-time as a cook, and also works for the family business, Grinnell Firestone. Lisa is involved as leader of the mission team at Grace Fellowship Church where she attends in Pella, Iowa. She has been on several mission trips including Jamaica and Haiti, where she has worked with deaf children. Lisa’s passion is to help deaf children in other countries that do not have the resources and needs provided for that children have here in the United States. God has blessed her family so much and Lisa wants to live her life serving Him the best she can.
Michael Bussard is the Regional Vice President for the Pacific Life Insurance Company’s Tennessee Regional Life Office located in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University. Mike lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Morgan and Andrew. He is active in his church as well as his community.
Dr. Rickey A. McClain, has been serving as the Director of Deaf Missions Training Center in Council Bluffs, IA since June, 2016. Prior to this he served as a Senior Pastor of Heritage Church of the Nazarene in Clanton, AL, and Vice-President of Deaf Online University. He has served in ministry since 1984 as a Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene in Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, and Oregon.
Dr. McClain is a graduate of Gallaudet University. Education is important to him and he has enrolled and graduated with an Associates, two Master’s degrees. He completed the last leg of his educational journey when he received his Doctorate (D.Min.) in 2010 from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL.
Dr. McClain is a born and bred Ohioan. Born and raised in Columbus, he attended Prairie Lincoln Elementary School, Norton Junior High School and Westland Senior High School. His family relocated to Fort Myers, Florida and he completed his schooling there. He met his wife of 41 years, Deb, in Fort Myers, and together they have two grown children (Debbie Hause and Diana McClain-Wagoner) and four Grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes, playing Baseball, and playing with his beloved Pup, Brutus!
Rev. McClain’s favorite Scripture, his life verse for the last 40 years, is found in Mark 4:19.
Vicki was born on January 14, 1951 to Hugh (Bud) and Lillian Drummond. Vicki grew up an only child and graduated from Gillespie High School in 1969. Vicki attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL for three years before transferring to Lincoln Christian College (now a part of Lincoln Christian University), and graduated in 1975. While at Lincoln, Vicki became friends with Debbie Klahn. During this time she also became friends with Terry Dowling, a deaf man working on campus and soon she was actively involved with the work Terry was doing at Catlin Christian Church in Catlin, IL. In 1973 Vicki was part of the team conducting a Revival for deaf people in Loveland, OH (near Cincinnati). It was on this team that the name “In His Sign” was used for the first time. In 1974 Debbie and Vicki, encouraged by others, approached First Christian Church in Gillespie, IL to become their living link sending church and this is when “In His Sign” began full time on January 1, 1975. Vicki returned to Lincoln in 1990 to work on my Master of Arts in World Missions from Lincoln Christian Seminary and graduated in 1995. Currently, Vicki is working on her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN. She hopes to begin her dissertation in 2010.
Bob Lunger is an attorney in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He counsels clients and handles litigation on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, adoption and family law. Mr. Lunger joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in 2008 after serving as the City Attorney for the City of Waynesboro. Prior to his appointment as City Attorney, Mr. Lunger worked at a Northern Virginia firm and served a one-year judicial clerkship with the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia. Bob is active at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Virginia. He is a musician in the contemporary worship service and serves on the planning and survey and music committees. In addition, Bob sits on the boards of Project Hope, First Baptist Church’s adoption ministry, and the Wayne Theatre Alliance, a nonprofit corporation restoring a historic performing arts center in Waynesboro. Bob lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with his wife, four children and menagerie of animals. In 2009, the Lungers adopted two daughters form Ethiopia, the younger of whom is deaf. This experience and his trip to a school for the deaf in Addis Ababa has lead to his involvement with Deaf Hope Child International.
Chad Entinger is the Executive Director of Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, IA www.deafmissions.com. Chad became deaf at the age of 16 months due to Spinal Meningitis. He was raised by Christian parents, Dennis and LuAnn Entinger, in Howard Lake, Minnesota. Chad attended elementary, middle, and junior high schools in the Howard Lake – Waverly Public School System. During his high school years, Chad went to the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (M.S.A.D.), graduating in 1993. He then enrolled at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1997, and a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Education in 1999. From Fall 2003 to Spring 2006, Chad was an elementary teacher, elementary department chair, and football coach at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. Prior to teaching at M.S.A.D., Chad worked at Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from 1999 to 2003. Chad was ordained for Christian ministry work by the Howard Lake Christian Church on April 23, 2006. In June 2006, Chad returned to Deaf Missions and served as the Associate Director. He became the Executive Director in November 2007. Chad is married to Glory and have one daughter, Shekynah Ann, and three sons, Corban Peter, Davan Neal, and Jadon John.
DeAnn Sampley is a tenured professor of American Sign Language at Bakersfield College having taught in the ASL Program since 1978. A native of Bakersfield, CA, DeAnn earned an AA degree from Bakersfield College, a BA degree from California State University, Northridge, and an MA degree from California State University, Bakersfield. DeAnn is also a sign language interpreter. She has local, national, and international interpreting experience including platform, educational, religious, performing arts, and television interpreting. In addition to her teaching and interpreting, DeAnn is also a published author. Among her publications are Lift Up Holy Hands, A Guide to Deaf Ministry videotapes (Deaf Missions), and A Guide to Deaf Ministry: Let’s Sign Worthy of the Lord (Zonderman). Over her many years of teaching, DeAnn has also engaged in a number of notable extracurricular activities. She is the founder and former president of Children to Love International, a ministry outreach to Romanian orphans; she co-founded The Stockdale Christian School Deaf Program where she served as a member of the Board of Directors and consultant; she has also consulted and taught sign language in Romania, El Salvador, India, Ceylon, Canada, as well as Texas, Philadelphia, and Hawaii. DeAnn lists as her greatest accomplishment her 33-year marriage. She is also the proud mother of three children, two hearing daughters and a Deaf son, adopted from Romania. DeAnn also has a Deaf cousin and a Deaf grandson.
Marc is the Managing Director at Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf, one of Deaf Child Hope International’s partners. Marc has served with Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf since 2004.
Marlyn & Diane McClain
Marlyn is the founder and president of Masters Financial and Insurance Group LLC in Council Bluffs. He began his career as an electrical engineer for Boeing. In 1970 he became involved in the financial and insurance industry that has spanned over 40 years. During his career, he has been asked to speak at conferences throughout the US and internationally. He is a member of the Council Bluffs Estate Planning Council and the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, as well as other organizations. His main interest though, has been having the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Deaf Missions for over twenty five years. Diane, now retired, spent her career in the bookkeeping/accounting field. She was also a certified CPR instructor for the American Heart Association for 23 years. She currently serves on the leadership board for the Pottawattamie County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). She also volunteers on the severe weather team through CERT, for the Emergency Operations Center and National Weather Service. In September 2013 she went on her first mission trip to Christianville in Haiti with a group from First Christian Church. They are also active in other church and community functions and fund raisers. Both Marlyn and Diane are serving as Advisory Board Members with Deaf Child Hope and they look forward to serving in the this role.
Angela graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in music education and has taught vocal music in public and parochial schools. Angela has been involved with a traveling music ministry for over 20 years and writes and records original songs. She greatly enjoys presenting at conferences to encourage fellow music teachers and teach new songs and ideas. Angela and her husband Russ, farm near Gilmore City, Iowa and have been blessed with four children.Angela Naeve
Angela graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in music education and has taught vocal music in public and parochial schools. Angela has been involved with a traveling music ministry for over 20 years and writes and records original songs. She greatly enjoys presenting at conferences to encourage fellow music teachers and teach new songs and ideas. Angela and her husband Russ, farm near Gilmore City, Iowa and have been blessed with four children.