Deaf Ministry Update

Greetings Long’s Chapel family!

There are exciting and bittersweet happenings going on in our Long’s Chapel Deaf Ministry!!!

I want to take this opportunity to let my Long’s Chapel family know I have made the difficult, yet peaceful, decision to retire from interpreting. Yep, it’s time to hang up my hands! I have interpreted professionally for 18 years, 17 of those years were at Long’s Chapel. Mason Shephard and I began this ministry in 2003 with just the two of us. Over the years we have had wonderful additions to our ministry. Some have joined us for a season and then had to move, while others have joined us and stayed, they are family. I have been blessed to work with many amazing folks in the life and leadership of Long’s Chapel. Over my tenure at Long’s Chapel, I have found my church family to be incredibly warm and welcoming to our Deaf Community members, going above and beyond to make Long’s Chapel as accessible as possible.

With my retirement comes the exciting news of old friends staying on to help this ministry continue and new faces added. I would like to welcome to our Long’s Chapel Deaf Ministry a new friend, Tamra Burroughs, and recognize our old friend, Pam Corn, who has been a part of Long’s Chapel for several years now. (See their introductions below.) Along with Torpy Skinner, they will continue this much-needed ministry. They bring such an advanced level of interpreting to our ministry and I am so excited for what the future holds. I will still be a part of Long’s Chapel, unless the Lord leads me in another direction, just not in an interpreting capacity. My heart will always be in Deaf Ministry and the Deaf Community. I am excited for the time when we can all meet in person again. Except then I will be sitting with my precious Deaf friends and not in front of them. Love and peace to you all.

Kay Free


My name is Tamra Burroughs and I’m a believer in Jesus Christ!

I have been married for 35 years, have a bird, Busybody, that sings “Jesus Loves Me” in the mornings, a 107 pound dog named Hoover, and nieces and nephews I adore.

I graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College and hold both my NC State Classification and National Certifications of interpretation. I had a freelance interpreting business in Wilmington, NC for 20 years, Tamra’s Interpreting Service, until moving back to my hometown, Asheville, NC, two years ago to care for my mother. She went to be with the Lord, June of 2019. I currently work for Sorenson Communications in Hickory, NC.

I am so excited to be a part of Long’s Chapel Deaf Ministry and look forward to getting to know everyone!

Serving Him,


Greetings Long’s Chapel,

My name is Pam Corn. I have been a sub-Interpreter for the Deaf Ministry at Long’s Chapel for the last several years.

Sign language has been a part of my life since birth. My Dad was Deaf and I had and still have several immediate and extended Deaf family members.

In 1982, with a desire and calling to see my Deaf family and friends saved and in church, the Lord and I began a Deaf Ministry at my local church, Asheville First Church of the Nazarene. God was so good to us and truly blessed that ministry. About 5 years later we were able to hire the first Deaf Pastor in this denomination.

I was an Educational Interpreter for Buncombe County from 1984 until retirement in 2017. I have held my NC Interpreters Classification since 1984 and upon passing licensure laws in NC in 2005 I have held my full NC license to interpret. You may have also seen me at WNCC Annual Conference where I have assisted with interpreting for the past 13 years. Since 2014 I have worked part-time as an interpreter with Sorenson, a Video Relay Interpreter Service for the Deaf.

My husband of 45 years and I live in Hendersonville and have two wonderful daughters, a handsome 3-year-old grandson and beautiful 10-month old granddaughter.

I am honored and count it a privilege first to serve our awesome God, second to be part of the Deaf Ministry and, last but not least, to worship with you at Long’s Chapel.

You may see me a little more often, as I will be interpreting on a regular basis. I look forward to what God has in store for all of us.

In His Service,

Pam Corn

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