2023 DMG Conference Speakers
Phillip Easterling of Asheville, NC is Deaf and has been a pastor for over 30 years. He has served churches in Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina, and he has traveled all over the world sharing God’s Word in Europe, Asia, and Africa (38 countries). Phillip and his wife of 42 years enjoy spending time together watching movies, studying the Bible, traveling, and playing with their Goldendoodle dog. They also adore their three grandchildren and enjoy visiting with them every chance they can.
Chris Southerland was born hearing and became deaf at the age of one year old. He has been married to a great beautiful woman for 24 years; Sherri has birthed five children and one is in Heaven due to miscarriage. Their names are Alisha, Caleb, Azariah, Johannah (in Heaven), and Zechariah. Pastor Southerland answered the call to full-time ministry in 1997, and during his studies at Tennessee Temple University 2001-2003, he answered the call to reach the Deaf full-time. During the past 30 years, great opportunities have been provided by God involving preaching, teaching, counseling, mentoring, teaching college level classes, leading mission group, leading revival meetings, and pastoring. Pastor Southerland is also actively involved with Roman Roads for the Deaf, sharing the gospel at Deaf Expos whenever the opportunity arises. Currently, he is pastoring a Deaf church in Newark, Delaware.