Deaf Ministry

Rev. John Reinke (Madison area),608-436-9600,          
Rev. Bud Palmer (Milwaukee area),414-839-9178,


Pastor Bud Palmer (left) and Pastor John Reinke (right).

Did you know that deaf people are among the most unchurched in our nation? While ministry to the deaf flourished in many LCMS Districts in the past, many of those ministries have struggled or even died completely. We are blessed to have two men serving the deaf in SWD: Pastor John Reinke at Our Savior Deaf in Madison and Pastor Bud Palmer at Emmanuel Deaf in West Allis. Both men also serve the deaf community in Delavan and at other locations throughout SWD. Not only do these men serve local congregations, but through streaming video of their Bible classes and worship services they reach out to the often-isolated deaf Christian population in the U.S. Several deaconesses, who have been trained through the DIT (Deaf Institute of Theology) at the St. Louis Seminary, help with their work.


Deaconess Patricia Hycnar signs with Pastor Reinke.