South Knoxville congregation raises deaf awareness

South Knoxville congregation raises deaf awareness

Adam and Dakota Montgomery and their 2-year-old son, Finley (Photo/ Special to Knoxville News Sentinel)

By Lesli Bales-Sherrod/ Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2015) -- A South Knoxville couple whose child is deaf is helping their whole church learn how to better engage with the deaf community.

Colonial Heights United Methodist Church has focused on deaf awareness in October with guest speakers as part of its Wonderful Wednesday dinner program and an interpreter during its homecoming worship service on Sunday.

The church's first emphasis on the deaf community was spearheaded by church members Adam and Dakota Montgomery, whose 2-year-old son, Finley, is deaf.

"We thought it would be beneficial to help expose our church to the deaf community," explains Adam Montgomery, who serves as the lay leader for Colonial Heights. "We wanted to help bridge the gap between the two communities."

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