Marshall & Gilda Wise

February 10, 2012 Bookmark and Share


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)

Charles & Debra Chivers

September 2, 2009 Bookmark and Share


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:
715-258-2713 (phone)
director@specialtouch.org (Charlie – email)
debchivers@specialtouch.org (Debbie – email)

Joseph & Ann Trementozzi

January 3, 2009 Bookmark and Share


Joseph & Anne Trementozzi

Joseph & Ann Trementozzi
Special Touch Missionaries & National Representatives
Members of the Executive Leadership Team
National Special Touch Chapter Directors
Coordinators of the Florida, Georgia, and Northeast Regional Summer Get Away outreaches

Joe and Ann Trementozzi have been involved in full time missions work for over 15 years. Joe received his ministry education through Global University and is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. Joe and Ann are fully appointed U.S. Missionaries to Special Touch Ministry. They became part of Special Touch Ministry in 2007. They speak in numerous churches and other venues across the country creating awareness of the need for people with disabilities and their families to be a vital part of the church at large and society as well.

Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the birth of their daughter Beth Ann, who has special needs, their calling is to serve people with disabilities and their families with compassion and the love of Christ across the United States and eventually internationally as well.

Joe also assists Charlie Chivers in the ministry’s program of leading Missionary Associates to the field of disability ministry in all departments of Special Touch Ministry.

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

May 4, 2009 Bookmark and Share


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, 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. 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 that December, he was asked to come on board at the National level in order to better implement his ideas.

An opportunity came about in 2012 for Thomas and Angelia to travel to Africa and Zambia. Their purpose in going was threefold. Number one, they wanted to connect with pastors of churches in South Africa concerning the need of ministry to people with disabilities. This was met with great openness and willingness to take action in their churches and communities. Secondly, Angelia was invited to speak at two women’s conferences. This was a great honor for her! Many lives were touched and friendships made. Angelia and Thomas also “tag‐teamed” two sermons their last Sunday there. God gave them some powerful moments as the Word went forth and families responded by praying for each other.

Lastly, they felt compelled to fulfill their late sons request. When Buck was 6yrs. old and in Kindergarten, his teacher asked him to complete this sentence: I wish every kid…Buck replied, “I wish every kid had toys to play with in Africa.” They packed several of Buck’s cars and many other toys that had been given to them. They were able to hand out toys to a boy and girls home, to Red Hill, which is a poor settlement, and to new friends at a disability home.

Thomas and Angela continue to make trips to Africa, sharing their vision for disability ministry and delivering “Bucks Toys.” Thomas works with other Executive Leadership of Special Touch to continue developing the vision of Special Touch Ministry.

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

Bradley Mattrisch

January 2, 2009 Bookmark and Share


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)

Tom & Gayle Leach

February 23, 2008 Bookmark and Share


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)

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