Christian Deaf Center

The SCHOOL BEGINS

The Christian Deaf Center in Alpena, Arkansas, was started in 1978 by Tom and Dolly Fromm and a retired pastor, Elder Clarence Kohler. It had been the dream of each of them to see a Christian school for the deaf started. The Christian Deaf Center was located on 260 acres near Alpena, Arkansas, and at it’s peak had a full-time staff of four, and part-time staff of six. The school was formed as a non-profit charitable corporation governed by a board of 10-12 members.

Memorial Hall at the Christian Deaf Center

In 1983 the school asked about coming under the umbrella of the conference education department, and on April 10, 1983, the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference Board of Education voted to recognize the Christian Training Center for the Deaf as “a Conference school with a special purpose”.

August 19, 1986, the Christian Deaf Center Board met and voted to give the Christian Deaf Center property to Christian Record Braille Foundation (CRBF) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The goals Christian Deaf Center had for Video ministry and visual aids would be carried on by CRBF and rather than have a few SDA students come to a campus, educational materials would be taken to the homes of the deaf, both SDA and non-SDA.

Christian Deaf Center student, Jerry Carmack, working in the school garden
Judy Blake displays her diploma received at her graduation from Christian Deaf Center

Citation

All information is from: Discontinued School Files. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.