Kathleen Jeffra recieved a B.S. in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Development from College of Notre Dame of MD and has extensive experience teaching students from pre-school to adult, especially in a religious setting. A strong proponent of students-initiated based project-based learning, Kathi brings her special talent to Deaf Shalom Zone facilitating service learning and internship experiences for Deaf Students students from area colleges.
She parlays these students into a workforce for education, advocacy and social interactions that contribute to vibrant community life at Christ Deaf Church and Deaf Shalom Zone. She involves students to work alongside Deaf community volunteers in service activties such as Deaf Tax Day, Community Clean-up Days, Yard Sales, and Food Pantry, and accompany Deaf community members to social activities like Halloween and Valentine's Day Parties, Arts and Crafts Days, Games Days, and outings like picnics, and bowling, trips to the MD State Fair, and Orioles Baseball games.
Kathi also supports the Deaf Shalom Zone and Christ Deaf Church with basic administration, record and book keeping, correspondence, maintaining a social media presence, office management, recording and archiving minutes of the Deaf Shalom Zone Board, the Church Council, Staff and other organizational meetings, as well as captioning the worship services.
Rev. Dr. Sandi E. Johnson, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Sandi E. Johnson is celebrating her nineth year at Christ Deaf UMC. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and her Doctoral Degree at St. Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, MO. studying Wesleyan Theology and Church Leadership. Her Doctoral Thesis was "The Church is My Parish: Deaf Ministry". She also carries Masters Degrees in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse.
Sandi and her husband Mark (Pastor of Mount Olive UMC), are the proud parents of seven children and are dedicated to spoiling their thirteen grandchildren and very soon their two great-grandchildren. Both Sandi and Mark are passionate about mission work having led volunteer in mission teams to Russia, Kenya, Honduras, New Orleans, and Southwest Colorado. They have also led pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
Pastor Sandi enjoys quilting, creating in the kitchen, being with her family as well as spending time outside in the wonder of Gods creation. She has volunteered as a chaplain in both medical and law enforcement settings.