Shine Ministry

We believe God has given each of us unique abilities and talents. Shine Ministry provides a variety of programs, classes, and support services to allow every person a chance to fully integrate into Southeast Christian Church.

Disabilities Ministry


Each Campus provides buddies for those needing extra support to attend SE!Kids programming. The Blankenbaker Campus also offers a classroom for children who benefit from a smaller class with additional space for movement.

Teens and Adults

Teens in Middle or High School are encouraged to attend programming at the campuses. We are here to provide additional support as needed. For those preferring smaller classes at the Blankenbaker Campus, we offer the following:

Heart to Heart—This class is for adults with developmental disabilities who want to study the Bible and fellowship in a small group before weekend worship. Sundays at 8:00 a.m., WC246

Miracles—Teens and adults with developmental disabilities are invited to join our team of teachers as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. or Sundays at 10:45 a.m., WC246

HOPE (Helping Other People Excel)—An integrated adult Weekend Group that focuses on Bible study and serving others. This class is a traditional Sunday school setting where independent adults share life together. Sundays at 10:45 a.m., ATLR 200

Parents of Children with Special Needs

Join us for our weekly Weekend Group, Parents Ability Group, as well as occasional special classes focused on enrichment or the practical needs of our families. The Parents Ability Group meets on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in Room WC239.


Camp Freedom—A weekend camp for anyone with developmental disabilities age 10 and older. This camp includes all typical camp experiences modified as needed for the individual camper. Held each July at Country Lake, this is a favorite event of the year for many.

Shine Gala—Each year in October, we celebrate the unique way God made each of us. This formal dance party hosts over 1,000 guests with developmental disabilities for dancing, dinner, games, and a whole lot of fun.

Special Olympics/Special Olympics Young Athletes—We offer a variety of Special Olympics seasonal sports, including basketball, softball, soccer, bowling and cheerleading. We also offer Special Olympics Young Athletes, which is a family program for children ages 2-7 who have developmental disabilities to practice a variety of pre-sport skills. Contact for more information.

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Deaf Ministry

Deaf Ministry

This community of Christian Deaf and hearing people who connect through Jesus and a shared language strives to reach the 98% of the world's Deaf who are unchurched. We offer fellowship and ASL interpreting.

Silent Fellowship—A weekend group for Deaf and hearing adults who communicate through American Sign Language.

Interpreted Services—The 11:15 service at the Blankenbaker Campus and 10:10 service at the Southwest Campus are interpreted.

American Sign Language Classes—Throughout the year, we offer classes for beginners and intermediate students wanting to learn to communicate with people who are Deaf.

Frequently Asked Questions


Blankenbaker Campus
Older teens and young adults with special needs are invited to gather with us for worship, fellowship, crafts, and a lesson.
Sat, Jul 20
Recurring Event
Room WC 246
Blankenbaker Campus
Heart to Heart
Fellowship and Bible study for adults with developmental disabilities.
Sun, Jul 21
Recurring Event
Room WC 246
Blankenbaker Campus
Silent Fellowship Weekend Group
Connect with people who are Deaf or otherwise proficient in ASL for a weekly time of Bible study and fellowship.
Sun, Jul 21
Recurring Event
Room ATLR 202
Blankenbaker Campus
HOPE Bible Study
A Bible study for adults with special needs who are able to attend the group independently.
Sun, Jul 21
Recurring Event
Room ATLR 202


Multiple Campuses
Camp Freedom
Camp Freedom is a place where individuals with intellectual developmental and physical disabilities can focus on their unique abilities and have an amazing weekend. Camp Freedom is a typical camp experience for anyone age 10 and older.
Fri, Jul 26
Multiple Dates
Country Lake Retreat Center
Blankenbaker Campus
Deaf Missions ASLV Community Check
Our Deaf Ministry is partnering with Deaf Missions to host a community check for translators and facilitators to provide feedback from the Deaf community regarding translation of the Bible into ASL.
Sat, Aug 03
4th floor Worship Center - Various
Blankenbaker Campus
Special Needs Trust Seminar
Planning for the future of a loved one with a disability can be complicated. Learn about estate planning and how a Special Needs Trust can provide resources for your family member's needs over their lifetime.
Sat, Aug 17
FH 107
Blankenbaker Campus
Shine Gala 2019
We are celebrating our 10th anniversary for this event in a formal way with the theme, "It's A Small World". A night of fellowship, dancing, games and food for those adults 18 years and over with developmental disabilities.
Fri, Oct 11
Blankenbaker Campus

Mary Tatum

Shine Ministry Leader

P: 502.253.8442

Garett Wall

Shine Ministry Associate

P: 502.253.8129

Shelley Roach

Shine Ministry Administrative Assistant

P: 502.253.8126