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Shine Ministry

Shine Ministry seeks to equip and disciple children, students, and adults with disabilities into the life and community of Southeast Christian Church. We believe God has given each of us unique abilities and talents for His glory and our good. As a ministry team, we strive to empower individuals with disabilities to know and love Jesus and others with their unique abilities. We provide age and developmentally appropriate ways for individuals with disabilities to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ while also building connection and community at Southeast Christian Church. We achieve this through multiple avenues, including, but not limited to, Shine Kids weekend worship, Shine Adults/Teens weekend groups and worship, SE!Kids Classroom Friends and Student Ministry Block Buddies, and annual events like Camp Freedom and the Shine Gala. As a ministry, we place a significant emphasis on connecting with a weekend group or online group to help grow your faith and build community. Click HERE to see a complete list of weekend groups, or email for details on our online groups.

Disabilities Ministry

Planning a Visit?

Welcome to Shine Ministry and Southeast Christian Church! We would love to have you and your family join us for a weekend service at one of our campuses. If you’re considering a visit, please complete this online form to assist our ministry team in providing the most complete care possible for your student. Pre-registering is not required, but it does allow us to be more fully equipped to serve you and your loved one. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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., WC 246

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., WC 246

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 201

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. Parents Ability Group meets on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in WC 239.


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 Christian Retreat, 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.

Online Services—ASL weekend worship service is available each Sunday on the Southeast Christian Church Deaf Ministry Facebook page. Additionally, a closed caption service is streamed live each week at 11:30 a.m. ET through SE Online as well as Southeast Christian Church’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Interpreted Services—The 11:15 a.m. Sunday service at the Blankenbaker Campus and 10:10 a.m. Sunday 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


Heart to Heart
This is a time of fellowship and Bible study for adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, contact
Sundays 8:00 AM
Starting: Sep 29
WC 246
Silent Fellowship
Connect with people who are deaf or otherwise proficient in ASL for a weekly time of Bible study and fellowship. Teaching and discussion are led in American Sign Language.
Sundays 9:30 AM
Starting: Sep 29
ATLR 202
This is an integrated adult weekend group focusing on Bible study and serving others. This class is a traditional Sunday School setting where independent adults share life together.
Sundays 10:45 AM
Starting: Sep 29
ATLR 201
Parents Ability Group
This is a Weekend Group focusing on Bible study as well as occasional special classes centered on enrichment or the practical needs of our families.
Sundays 10:45 AM
Starting: Sep 29
WC 239
Parent of Chronically/Critically Ill Children
This is a group to encourage caregivers of ill children, seeking beauty in the ashes.
Thursdays 7:15 PM
Starting: Dec 5
WC 239


There are no events for this ministy at this time. Please try another campus or ministry.

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