All posts by Joe

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

GOOD NEWS SHARING: Closed Captions Writer

We praise the Lord as our sister Casey Endaluz volunteered to add closed captions on the church videos. Casey is a faithful disciple in Houston church’s Campus Ministry. She is a certified Court Reporter who can type 225 words per minute. At our Inaugural Deaf Conference in 2012, we are hoping to use her captions machine to type captions on wide screen in real time.

The Deaf Ministry International Church of Christ is truly grateful for Casey’s heart and willingness to volunteer as our closed caption writer. We continually pray for more volunteers to assemble a team of close captions writers. If this is something that you would be interested in helping, please email Casey at or Joe Cepeda at

Los Angeles Deaf Ministry

In March 1995, there were 15 disciples from Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington DC, who went on a mission team to established a Deaf Ministry in Los Angeles, California. Some of them are deaf and others are hearing. God called them together to start a dream and a vision of a Deaf Ministry in LA. With the support from LA Church of Christ financially and spiritually, the mustard seed of faith made the vision came true. Today, the LA Deaf Ministry consist of 14 deaf disciples & 11 interpreters disciples.

They have interpreter services on Sunday and midweek services. There is a Deaf Bible Talk & Deaf Services at CSUN. Deaf Retreat meet once per year. Please contact Joe Colllins, Los Angeles Evangelist and Deaf Ministry Leader at for more info about the LA Deaf Ministry team. You can also contact Jermaine/Kathy Cornish, Deaf Ministry Deacons at Los Angeles Church of Christ for any spiritual advices about our ministry. Jermaine’s email is Kathy’s email is

What is Z4 videophone?

We encourage non-deaf ICOC members who are interested in communicating with deaf disciples or deaf friends to try Z4 PC/ MAC videophone (vp). It is available to purchase online in USA only at for a one time fee of $59.95 . It requires you to pay $9.95/ monthly Consumer Plan for Z service. You need to have laptop with build-in webcam or purchase a webcam to connect it to your laptop or PC. We recommend you to get Logitech Pro 9000 webcam or Microsoft HD Lifecam Cinema.

After you purchase the Z4, you will have your own 10 digit (vp) # then pass on to give to deaf disciples and deaf friends. It does have video conference call up to 9 people at the same time for free service. There is a 3 body icon for conference calls that allow 3 way video at the same time. It is shown on top 3rd right side near video screen. Conference calls only work for all Z videophone products except Z-Ojo and other vp from different Video Relay Services (VRS). Z4 does work all point to point videophones. You can be able to connect other vp by using your IP address. You will need to request 2 days in advance to contact Customer Care for free set-up 4 to 9 conference calls during business hours from Monday-Friday 7am-1am EST. Any additional questions, please contact them at

Simkovsky’s Family

Matt Simkovsky is an interpreter student for the Interpreter Program at San Antonio College. He is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Matt used to teach ASL classes to disciples. He encouraged them to learn how to communicate in ASL to the Deaf Community. His wife, Diana, is an ASL signer. They have four children. The Simkovsky family moved from San Diego to San Antonio in March 2010. They are constantly involved in the Deaf Ministry, supporting Joe/Carole Cepeda. Matt has over eleven and a half years of Deaf Ministry experience and has lived in Hawaii, San Diego, Singapore, and now in San Antonio.

Matt and I went to the Deaf Expo at Austin, TX from 9am-2:30pm on April 16th, 2011. It was a wonderful experience to see deaf people communicate in ASL and deaf organization booths such as Deaf Link, Sorenson Video Relay Services, Sprint Video Relay Services, Purple, ZVRS, and others. We look forward to supporting one another as our Deaf Ministry grow closer to God. Special thanks for the Simkovsky’s for their passion and support to our Deaf Ministry.

Greater Philadelphia Deaf Ministry

Michelle Moody, Martin Riegler, Jonathan McGrath are team interpreters at Greater Philadelphia Deaf Ministry.  They interpreted a song called Forever Jones’ “He Wants It All” on February 13th, 2011.  We performed the ‘communion meditation’ song in front of our friends, families and visitors. It was an awesome experience. We may get to perform it again in the near future. The video is shown below.