Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf
9545 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring MD 20910

Vicar Andy Petajan

Pastor Andrew Petajan
Pastor Petajan graduated from Gallaudet University in 1998 and then he earned his Masters Degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.  Since then he has worked as an economist or the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC. 

In the summer of 2021 Pastor Petajan graduated from Concordia Seminary and received his ordination into the ministry of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod on September 26, 2021.

Besides his work for the United States Government and his work for the church, Pastor Petajan is an avid sailor during the summer, and during the winter he loves to ski.

Rev Dennis Konkel
Pastor-Emeritus Dennis Konkel
In 1997 Dennis Konkel resigned his government job in biomedical research in Washington DC to attend Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  Upon graduation in 2001, he was called to serve as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, Iowa.  For fourteen years Pastor Konkel serve Deaf ministries throughout western Iowa.  During that time he also served as the Executive Director of the Lutheran Deaf Mission Society and he was a member the Mill Neck School for the Deaf Board of Trustees. In 2013 Mill Neck Foundation recognized Pastor Konkel's service to the Deaf community by awarding him the John of Beverley Medal.

After his retirement, Pastor and Susan Konkel returned to Maryland and Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf where they are again active in the fellowship and ministry of their home congregation.  Pastor Konkel continues to volunteer his time to bring God’s Word to Deaf prisoners incarcerated in the Maryland Depart of Corrections.

Rev Ron Friedrich Pastor-Emeritus Ron Friedrich
Pastor Friedrich has served in Deaf ministry in Illinois and Texas, and for 20 years he was the pastor here at Christ/Deaf and chaplain to Gallaudet University. He continues to volunteer in the congregation's Deaf prison ministry.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Lutheran Deaf Mission Society.

Pastor's greatest joy is helping others discover lasting answers to life's difficulties in what God has revealed in the Bible. He especially wants the world to know God's forgiveness and peace in Jesus Christ.