Spotswood Deaf Church exists to be a community of light to the Deaf of Fredericksburg and the surrounding area by making disciples who love God and love their neighbor.
Connect With Us
Sundays • 9:30a • Grace House
Wednesdays • 6:30p • Grace House
First Friday of each month • 6p • Grace House
Pastor Bob Rhoads
Bob is the pastor to the Deaf community in Fredericksburg and beyond. Bob was born Deaf in Lancaster, PA where he grew up in a Christian home. He came to Christ at the age of 9. Bob was mainstreamed with the deaf program through Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Lancaster County but transferred to Model Secondary School for the Deaf and graduated.
When Bob attended East Carolina University in NC, he got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). It was there that Bob grew in the Lord and was trained in evangelism and discipleship. After graduating with a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, he joined staff with CRU to launch the first Deaf campus ministry at Gallaudet University. After 15 years in Washington DC, Bob transitioned to join staff with Youth for Christ ministering to the Deaf high school students at Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, MD for 8 years. During that process, Bob accepted God’s call to be a pastor for the Deaf Congregation in Alexandria, VA.
Bob developed a heart to help reach the Deaf and to train them in the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our Lord God and Spotswood’s support as a church planter, Bob is launching a Deaf church. There are very few Deaf Churches across our nation. Time is short to reach out to the Deaf communities. Only 2% knew Christ personally.
Bob is married to a beautiful Deaf woman named Karen for over 30 years. Together, they have 5 children who are fluent in American Sign Language and 4 grandchildren who are learning to sign.