All posts by Joe

Founder of the Deaf Ministry at Mission Point Christian Church. Married with Chante Cepeda.

6th Deaf Trivia

The answers for the 5th Trivia questions from 12-26-11 are shown below:

1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. B

Did anyone answer all of them correctly? Are you ready for the next Trivia today?

1. On Article 12-12-11, Who is Rogelio Fernandez?

A. Installer at SVRS
B. Regional Account Executive at ZVRS
C. Tech Support at Convo
D. Regional Account Executive at Purple

2. Who created the Deaf Tech News website?

A. Samuel Sandoval
B. Jermaine Cornish
C. Brain Trager
D. Ken Davis

3. What did Leroy Colombo accomplished for his Guinness Book of World Records?

A. swim at Gulf of Mexico in 11 hours
B. fastest window cleaner
C. saved over 900 lives his career as a lifeguard
D. Highest reverse bungee jump

4. Where is the Registry of the Interpreter for the Deaf office located?

A. New York, NY
B. Austin, TX
C. Washington, DC
D. Alexandria, VA

5. When was closed-caption shown for the first time in television?

A. 1970
B. 1980
C. 1960
D. 1990

The answers will be shown on the next 7th Trivia on February 27th, 2012. Good luck!

McCall McFinnerty

My name is McCall Finnerty and I was born in Zimbabwe on September 6, 1992 to Kevin and Andrea Finnerty.  My parents were newlyweds who were on a mission team serving our sister church in Harare. A year later God moved us to New York, where I grew up going to church.  It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school, however, that I truly saw my need for God. I had been living a double life, trying to please both my church family and find myself amongst my friends at school. I had been caught up with friends and boyfriends, idolizing them, until I finally opened up to my teen worker at camp. I told her about how unhappy I was with lying all through life and feeling guilty; I knew there had to be more to life than what I was deceived into believing it was all about.  After teen camp we began studying the Bible and I started to know God on a personal level, falling in love with Him. Therefore, on August 10, 2008, I made the decision to die to myself and live for God and was baptized.                                                                                                                                         

There are so many scriptures that stand out to me, but one of my favorites is Isaiah 43:1-4.  I adore it just because it summarizes everything; don’t be afraid, God knows me by name, he’ll never leave me even though I feel like life gets hard, and that he has saved me because he loves me.  It is everything a disicple needs to hear to be special, encouraged and spurred on.

As a junior and senior I made it my priority to look for the college I was going to based on whether or not it had a great campus ministry.  I also desired a school with a great Speech and Language Pathology program, since I knew that’s what I wanted my major to be.  By closing doors to other schools financially, and opening the doors of Towson University, God made it crystal clear that that’s where I belonged.  My first semester of my freshman year I was put in an ASL1 class and despite initial fear since I didn’t know any Sign Language, it quickly became my favorite class!  I was not only learning the beautiful language, but about a culture that I had never been exposed. Before the end of that semester I chose to double major, excited to learn all I could through the Deaf Studies program. The Deaf community and ASL have now become one of my biggest passions.  It has been so much fun to have another campus sister at Towson University pursing Deaf Studies and Early Elementary Education.  As often as we can, we go to Deaf events with other girls in our program, striving to do all we can with the large Deaf communities around us in Baltimore and in DC at Gallaudet University.  Whenever we go to Gallaudet it has been amazing because Gabe, a disciple getting his Phd there, joins us.  While we get the chance to fellowship, we learn more ASL and about the Deaf community, as well as meet students, professors, and once even met the president of the university! 

The more I am around the community, the more I want to become fluent and indulge myself in the culture.  While I’m not sure where God will take me with this new interest, I do know that I’ve been so encouraged by the little I know about our Deaf ministries.  The story that inspired me the most to know more about the Deaf ministries was reading about my brothers and sisters over in Ukraine.  That story showed me that I truly can make a difference in the community, just as the leaders Slava and Julia did, even though they previously knew no sign language.  I am therefore excited to be used in whatever ways God has in store for me!


San Antonio Open-Caption Movie Event

Special thanks for Alex Dobrenko from Tugg Promoter Outreach, to form our new partnerships to support our San Antonio Deaf Community Open-Caption Movies (SADCOCM) Facebook page. Our goal is to promote monthly movie events w/ open-caption to the San Antonio Deaf Community.
The Hammer movie event page is scheduled on January 31st, 2012. More info about the event can be found at

5th Deaf Trivia

The answers for the 4th Trivia questions from 11-28-11 are shown below:

1. B
2. A
3. C
4. D
5. B

Did anyone answer all of them correctly? Are you ready for the next Trivia today?

1.  On 11-21-11 article, what are Joe Cepeda’s 4 favorite sports?

A. NBA, NFL, MLB and martial arts
B. Kickboxing, NHL, soccer, and tennis
C. Boxing, golf, NASCAR, and swimming
D. Cycling, Horse racing, WNBA, & Track and field

2. Who are the President and CEO of Sorenson Communications?

A. Ronald Burdett
B. Pat Nola
C. Jason Dunn
D. Janice Barson

3. Which city is the largest deaf population in the US?

A. Boston
B. Los Angeles
C. Rochester, NY
D. Washington D.C.

4. Who is Laurent Clerc?

A. Deaf minister
B. Deaf actor
C. Deaf scientist
D. Deaf Teacher, co-founder of the first permanent school for the deaf in North America

5. Who was the first Black Deaf person to earn a bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University?

A. Gabriel Sojo
B. Andrew Foster
C. Edgar Palmer
D. Samuel Hudson

The answers will be shown on the next 6th Trivia on January 30th, 2012. Good luck!

Christmas Shoes & Winter Wonderland in ASL

9th Annual Caroling by Candlelight at Arneson River Theater in San Antonio downtown on Sunday, December 18th, 2011 from 530pm-8pm.

Matt Simkovsky performed “Christmas Shoes” song in ASL.

Joe Cepeda & Matt Simkovsky performed “Winter Wonderland” song in ASL.

Seeking for Articles

Deaf Ministry ICOC will be very grateful to receive articles that
related to the deaf to be posted at our website at

Isaiah 40:29-31

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but
those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar
on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint.”

There are strong needs for submission of articles for our DMICOC
website. Send us your stories to encourage disciples and visitors
about your inspiring experience with the deaf. Help us to renew our
ministry’s strength so we can soar on wings like eagles.

If you are or know someone who is planning to study to become
Interpreter for the Deaf, learning American Sign Language (ASL), or a
new deaf member in ICOC, we would love to get connected and build
friendships to unify our ministry.

Thanks for your support and we are excited to hear from you.

In Christ,

Joe Cepeda

Creator of the DMICOC

4th Deaf Trivia

The answers for the 3rd Trivia questions from 10-31-11 are shown below:
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. B

Did anyone answer all of them correctly? Are you ready for the next Trivia today?

1. When was the 1st Deaf Trivia started on DMICOC website?

A. June 29, 2011
B. August 29, 2011
C. April 1, 2010
D. August 29, 2010

2. On the DMICOC article on 10-10-11, which city is Zhenya from?

A. Vinnitsya
B. Moscow
C. Paris
D. Odessa

3. Who is Matt Hamill?

A. Professional deaf soccer player
B. Professional deaf football player
C. Retired deaf American Wrestler & Mixed Martial Arts
D. Professional deaf hockey player

4. Which company in US developed the 1st videophone technology for the deaf in 2002?

A. Purple
D. Sorenson Communications

5. What kind of disability does Helen Keller have?

A. Hard of Hearing
B. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
C. Amputations
D. Muscular Dystrophy

The answers will be shown on the next 5th Trivia on December 26th, 2011. Good luck!