The Council consists of the Chairperson, Revd. Tim Edge, who works together with Trustees to manage and grow the work and mission of ODCD. The full Council meets at least three times a year.
They oversee and support the organisation's ministry among deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as promoting the organisation and representing its interests to the wider church and community, to increase awareness of hearing churches to the needs of the deaf and the potential contribution they can make to local churches and communities. There are opportunities to attend services, meetings and events throughout the year.
Trustees are nominated by the Bishop, Archdeacon, Diocesan Synod or the ODCD Council. Their role is to contribute to the wellbeing and smooth running of ODCD in accordance with the constitution under the authority of the Charity Commission. They are also responsible for the financial running of the organisation by the approval or otherwise of the annual accounts. The Trustees therefore contribute to the spiritual, social and general wellbeing of the deaf and hard of hearing, and support the Chaplains to the deaf and hard of hearing across the Anglican congregations and churches of the Diocese.
Tim was priested over 25 years ago and has served in the Diocese of Oxford for over 15 years. In this time, Tim has been a parish priest and a full time co-ordinating prison chaplain. He is currently undertaking a research degree into the faith of Christian volunteers in the community sector. Tim lives in Witney where he is married with three children in their twenties.
Tim says: “It is a privilege to Chair ODCD as it strives to live and share the Gospel together with people who have been so deeply affected by the rapid change of technology and social development in recent years. Therefore I believe that deaf and hard of hearing Christians may readily contribute to better communication for all Christian churches.”
Current Council Trustees
Mr Christopher Emery
Mrs Anna Knaggs
Revd. Heather Carter
Mrs Teresa Carter
Revd. Joan Hicks
Mr Ken Dyson
Could you become a Trustee?
We are always looking for people who can contribute to the aims of ODCD and support the work of the organisation, especially but not exclusively if they are part of the deaf or hard of hearing community themselves.
At the moment, we are particularly looking for people who have experience in working with or supporting the young deaf or hard of hearing. If you are interested in supporting the work of ODCD in this way, please contact Revd. Tim Edge, Chairperson in the first instance.
Being a trustee of an organisation like ODCD can be a very rewarding and important role. If you would like to consider supporting the ongoing development and growth of ODCD please do contact Revd. Tim Edge in the first instance: