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September 6th, 2013

New pastor called to Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

By Kayla Head, Staff Intern

After months and months of Brentwood Baptist Trustees tirelessly searching for the right candidate, Aric Randolph has accepted the call to become the next pastor of Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church.

Currently, Aric is the Deaf Pastor of New Life Deaf Fellowship in Fort Worth, Texas where he’s served for 21 years. And New Life Deaf Fellowship is one of the few Deaf churches in America that’s independent—with their own building, staff, etc.

The new pastor graduated from Dallas Baptist University with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Then later, he attended and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Languages.

In the past, he’s served as president of the Texas Baptist Conference of the Deaf and Southern Baptist Conference of the Deaf (SBCD). He’s also been an International Missions Committee Member for SBCD and a Deaf Ministry Consultant for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Among his many talents, he also writes for LifeWay’s DEAF Sunday School Quarterly.

According to Aric, he’s enthusiastic about coming to Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church because following God’s calling is exciting in itself. The Randolphs are looking forward to a new chapter and meeting new friends here. Aric feels he can bring his previous experiences to BBDC and apply it here.

In case you haven’t heard, Aric has a big heart for missions. He believes “missions is the heartbeat of God.” He wants to take the Word of God to people all over the world.

Aric says God has blessed him with family, church, and friends, and he’s thrilled to see how God will use him in the future to spread the Word. For him, the passion and excitement of seeing when a person meets Jesus for the first time in his or her life is an amazing experience.

Though his official start date isn’t until September, Aric will be here a few times during the summer. As a matter of fact, he was here as the guest speaker for the Tennessee Baptist Convention for the Deaf just recently.

Aric is married to Allison, and they have two sons: Jordan, a student at Dallas Baptist University, and Caleb, a student at California Baptist University. Upon arriving in Tennessee, the couple plans to live in an apartment while they search for a home.

The Randolphs are excited to move here. According to them, life in Tennessee will mostly be the same environment as it is in Fort Worth. However, Aric notes two distinct differences: the many hills and mountains, and that everything is green.

This new addition will be a change for both parties. But according to Aric, he already feels comfortable here, looks forward to what God has in store for him and Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church, and can’t wait to hit the ground running.