Helping Christian Deaf Communities Since 1993

International Institute of Deaf Services

About the Director Paul William Ellis

International Institute of Deaf Services

Paul William Ellis is a native of Lexington, Mississippi where he grew up in the home of a Christian mother. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of six. Paul received training from The Navigators and accepted his call to preach the Gospel at the age of 23. He received his B.S. degree from Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC and holds a master’s in biblical studies, and a master’s in religion education from Birmingham Theological Seminary. In addition, Paul holds an Interpreter’s Permit from the State of Alabama.
For 20 years, he coordinated and helped plan activities for the growth of the church; developed a ministry to the Deaf; supervised staff; taught weekly bible study; organized retreats; assisted in pastoral duties which included preaching and visitation; taught sign language classes; developed and taught workshops on American Sign Language; organized praise and worship conferences, praise and worship concerts and two concerts of prayer. He served as sign language instructor in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.

Paul served as worship leader for the Birmingham Community Deaf Church. He was on staff with Christian Deaf Fellowship (CDF). He served as the music leader and music workshop leader for the Alabama Baptist Conference of the Deaf and served as guest interpreter for the Freedom Rally in Robertsdale, AL.

In 1993, Paul founded International Institute of Deaf Services. Paul is presently an interpreter with the Federal Government and travels preaching and teaching the Word of God. The Anointing of the Lord is upon him as he leads God’s people into worship. He released “Worship in Sign Language with Paul William Ellis,” a video of praise and worship music.

Paul works as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Federal Government AND as a Video Relay Interpreter in Birmingham, Alabama.

In May of 2020, Paul co-authored and published the book, “Navigating Through Roadblocks – A Guide to Breaking Barriers in Deaf Ministry.” Currently, Paul is now focused on establishing “Paul William Ellis LLC” as a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker. Offering workshops, seminars, serving as keynote speaker and coach.

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