Bob Ayres, DMin

Dr. Robert Elliot Ayres, co-founder of Deaf Teen Quest, Youth For Christ USA, was ordained in 1980, and is now a member of the Anglican Church of North America. Following seminary, his career included teaching, community organization, and non-profit leadership. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School, Samford University (Birmingham, AL), Master of Education, Brenau University (Gainesville, GA), Master of Religious Education, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), and Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).

Founder/Director of Deaf Teen Quest, Youth For Christ USA 2000 to present
Brain Injury Association of Kentucky (Exec Dir, 1994-1999), Educational Tutoring/Ministry (1992-1994), Education and Counseling Center (Dir, 1989-1992), wholesale/retail business owner (1986-1989), and middle/high school teacher (1983-1986).


Dr. Rickey Allen McClain, Instructor/Bible translator for ASLV with Deaf Missions (Iowa) and Deaf Ministry Consultant, was ordained as a Nazarene pastor in 1987. Following seminary, his career included serving as the VP of Academic Affairs of Deaf Online University, teaching, and pastoring. Dr. McClain earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School, Samford University (Birmingham, AL), Master of Arts in Counseling, MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS), Master of Religious Education, Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO), and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Gallaudet University (Washington, DC).

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