Our Leadership

Charles & Debra Chivers

Charles & Debra Chivers
Special Touch Executive Directors
Charlie & Debbie founded Special Touch Ministry in 1982. Since that time, the Chivers have dedicated their lives as full-time appointed missionaries working with people with disabilities. Throughout the year, they speak at various churches around the nation encouraging them to join Special Touch Ministry in ministering to people with disabilities. Charlie heads up the National Office as the Executive Director of Special Touch Ministry, Inc. and directs the National Center for Ministry to People with Disabilities for the Assemblies of God. In addition they coordinate the annual Wisconsin Summer Get Away, a retreat/vacation experience for people with disabilities.

Contact Information:
director@specialtouch.org (Charlie – email)
debchivers@specialtouch.org (Debbie – email)

Joseph & Anne Trementozzi

Joseph & Ann Trementozzi
Special Touch Missionaries & National Representatives
Rev. Joe and Ann Trementozzi have been involved in international missions work for over twelve years and were Founders and Directors of their own Disability Ministry before becoming a part of Special Touch Ministry and part of it’s Leadership Team. Joe and Ann have been honored by being fully appointed as Assemblies of God U.S. Missionaries. As National Missionaries with the Assemblies of God and Special Touch, Joe and Ann speak in churches of various denominations and in other venues across the country creating awareness within the church at large that people with disabilities and their families need to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Joe and Ann are the proud parents to Bernie, Matthew, and Beth Ann. Their daughter Beth Ann, who has special needs, created a desire within them to share the love of Christ to people with disabilities and their families.

In addition to being National Missionaries and National Special Touch Chapter Directors, they also hold the position of Directors of Family Support Ministries, which is a division within Special Touch Ministry that has four departments:
1. Individual and Family Service
2. Advocacy
3. Counseling
4. Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy

Currently the Trementozzi family live in Palm Bay, Florida.

References, etc, are available upon request.

Contact Information:
321-723-2188 (Florida Office)
321-480-9806 (Joe’s cell)
321-543-8729 (Ann’s cell)
trementozzi@specialtouch.org (email)

Thomas & Angelia Carpenter

Thomas & Angelia Carpenter
STREAM Directors
Rev. Thomas Carpenter has been associated with Special Touch Ministry since 1999. What started out as an invitation to be a chapel speaker has sparked a desire to make everyone aware of the great talents and gifts God has given to extraordinary people who happen to have a disability. He travels with his wife Angelia, and children Jenel, Alexa, and Buck proclaiming hope and encouragement to those who have a disability and their families.

In the summer of 2007, the Lord spoke to Thomas’ heart about the need for Emergency intervention for those who have newly entered the world of disability. After sharing his vision with the National Leadership Team in December of 2007, he was asked to come on board at the National level and implement the STREAM Concept. STREAM is an acronym for Special Touch Ready Emergency Assistance Mission.

STREAM is a three-fold mission aimed at aiding in the process of securing the right agencies and physicians to best help our guests and their families, to network with others who are going and have been through the same difficulties, and to create an accessible place for living to those who need it. STREAM is a referral ministry and all request need to come through the Ministry Office of Special Touch and STREAM.

Contact Information:
870-799-9656 (phone)
tcarpenter@specialtouch.org (email)

Tom & Gayle Leach

Gayle Leach
Missionary Representative
Rev. Gayle Leach experienced the dynamic way God uses Special Touch Ministry in 1986, when she with husband Tom began attending Summer Get Away. God used Special Touch to heal hurts caused by living with quadriplegia and to pave the way back into full-time ministry after Tom’s car wreck in 1983. Tom and Gayle served together on the ministry’s full-time staff since 1995. Gayle continues to serve the ministry since Tom went to be with the Lord in 2011. Gayle represents Special Touch in the Dakotas and ministers around the nation wherever God opens doors of opportunity. She currently live in Ellendale, ND and is the proud mom of their grown son, Benjamin.

Contact Information:
708 3rd St. N
Ellendale, ND 58436
701-535-0462 (phone)
gleach27@hotmail.com (email)

Bradley Mattrisch

Bradley Mattrisch
Special Touch National Coordinator of Support Ministries

As a result of a delay in breathing for 26 minutes at birth, he has Cerebral Palsy. Brad has been involved with the Special Touch Summer Get Away Program since the summer of 1982. At the first Get Away, he sensed God calling him to help people understand the Bible.

Brad later earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Management Computer Systems as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree Bible & Theology. After graduation, he participated in several ministry activities with his church and Special Touch. Brad was given the opportunity to learn about church planting as well as speak and teach. After working for several years in Information Technology with a large consulting company, he decided to make his ministry hobby his full-time calling.

Despite Brad’s disability, he is an U.S. Missionary Associate as well as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Brad now oversees the ministry’s Pastoral Care department that includes a fair amount of writing and speaking. He wants to develop friendships with others that need encouragement and Biblical counsel. Brad also coordinates the ministry’s Information Technology needs. He lives with his cats, Penny and Oreo, as well as his dog, Daisy, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Brad currently attends Radiant Fellowship in Waupaca, WI.

Brad has a message to share with the church, especially to those who face challenges. Brad’s sermons are often accompanied with laughter, tears, and lives touched by God. He writes a manuscript and transfers it to a PowerPoint presentation which is projected, so the congregation can follow along as he speaks.

Contact Information:
715-258-2713 (office)
bmattrisch@specialtouch.org (email)

Marshall & Gilda Wise

Marshall & Gilda Wise
Special Touch Missionaries

Chad Wise, Mascot

Marshall and Gilda Wise have been in full-time ministry since their marriage in 1970. Ministry opportunities have included ministering to the dependent, neglected population and the juvenile delinquent population before entering pastoral ministry in 1979 with the Church of God of Anderson, Indiana. Pastoral ministries were served in Roanoke and Abingdon, Virginia, Johnstown and Nanty-Glo, Pennsylvania and then Church Planters in Salisbury, Maryland. Throughout their ministry lives, Marshall and Gilda’s passion for the Lord was evident in their combined worship gifts and their investment in relationships with others to see them come to a full and complete surrender to the Lord Jesus.

The parents of three adult children: Shawn and wife, Kara, Tiffany Mitchell and husband, Josh and Chad, the middle child AND one beloved grandson, Josiah Mitchell.

The family’s life was forever changed when Chad was born into the family, significantly ahead of schedule, leaving him and them with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Entering the world of people with disabilities has been rewarding, challenging, painful and purposeful…a lifelong learning curve! However, as God would have it, following their retirement from pastoral ministry in January 2011, Marshall and Gilda moved to Leland, NC and have accepted the call to be Home Missionaries for Special Touch, developing the ministry and North and South Carolina.

Contact Information:
410-726-1769 (Cell)
the3wiseguys@specialtouch.org (email)

Special Touch Official Board

Jerry Bartoszewicz

Jerry is retired from the Briggs & Stratton Corporation where he has served for thirty five years in a variety of middle management positions and union positions earlier in his career. His last position was as a team leader or production manager. He has also been in a position as assistant product manager and project manager. He is presently employed part time as a Quality manager at a small firm. One of his accomplishments at this company was to help them to become ISO certified and to help them maintain that certification over the last ten years. In his walk with Christ, which began on 11/20/1977, Jerry has had the opportunity to serve Jesus as a Special Education Bible teacher for adults since 1981. It was one of the first Bible classes for adults in the Milwaukee area. He has also served as a caregiver and team leader at Special Touch and as a home fellowship leader and elder at his church, Grace Christian Fellowship.

Debra Chivers

Debra has served in Disability Ministry for more than 30 years. She founded Special Touch Ministry with her husband Charlie. Read their bio at top of this page.


Dale Hazard

Dale has been the Senior Pastor at Augusta Assembly of God for the last 37 years. He also serves as an area Presbyter. He has been married to his wife Sally for 38 years and they have five boys and six grandchildren. Dale has been involved with Special Touch since its inception, and he has served on Special Touch’s board for most of those years. During college, Dale and Sally were house parents for three men with intellectual disabilities, and to this day, they continue to have a soft spot in their heart for people with disabilities. The Hazards love being a part of Special Touch because they can give love and receive it back unconditionally.


Gayland Hendrickson

Gayland serves as the District Missions director for the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan Ministries Network for the Assemblies of God. His responsibilities include oversight of World Missions, U.S. Missions and Church Planting. Special Touch is also affiliated with U.S. Missions of the Assemblies of God. Gayland represents the WNMMN in his capacity in serving Special Touch. Prior to Gayland coming into this office, he served as pastor of North Ridge Church in Marshfield. He is married to Linda. They have two children and three grandchildren.


Tom Van Veen
Special Touch National Treasurer

Tom graduated from UW – Eau Claire in 1988. He is married and has four children. In August of 1990, they moved to Madison, WI where Tom worked as a bank teller and a church financial secretary. In 1995, the Van Veens moved to Waupaca, WI where Tom began working as the lead accountant for the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan District of the Assemblies of God (WNMD). They attended the First Assembly of God Church in Waupaca with Charlie and Debbie Chivers and their daughters. The Van Veens became acquainted with the Chivers family through teaching Sunday School and through District events. Soon Special Touch became a part of their family mission. Tom is honored to serve this ministry.

Our mission…to ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.

Our vision…to provide faith-based support and response to needs that arise in the disability community.