- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2006

Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church fills a distinct niche.

The church is one of the largest independent fundamental Baptist deaf churches in the nation.

With more than 100 active members and a ministry at Gallaudet University in the District, Hampshire View reaches out to those beyond the scope of most other churches.

“Our church cares about people because we believe that making a difference is what Christianity is all about,” said the Rev. Justin Vollmar, associate pastor.

He said Hampshire View’s allegiance is to God and His inspired Word, and is committed to sharing the Bible’s divine truths. The church Web site describes its atmosphere of worship as “uplifting, dynamic, and refreshing.”

“We are in a unique position in that we have the friendliness of a small church and the opportunities of a large one,” Mr. Vollmar said.

The senior pastor, the Rev. Terry Buchholz, serves as president of Capital Baptist Deaf College, the goal for which is to establish 150 deaf churches in America in next 30 years. Mr. Buchholz was born deaf and attended Gallaudet University.

Hampshire View has several ministries, including a weekly Bible study at Gallaudet University and Model Secondary School for the Deaf. It also hosts a vacation Bible school for the deaf and for children of deaf adults, and also has a ministry to deaf children and teenagers.

“At Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church, we are making a difference one life at a time,” Mr. Vollmar said.

— Michael Hunsberger

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