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 purposefulâ€¦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.
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.
Joseph & Ann Trementozzi
Special Touch Missionaries & National Representatives
Members of the Executive Leadership Team
National Special Touch Chapter Coordinators
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.
321-480-9806 (Joe’s cell)
321-543-8729 (Ann’s cell)
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.
- Excerpt of Brad speaking in church [YouTube]
- Brad’s pastor shares about Brad’s ministry [YouTube]
- My Journey: Disappointments are Not Destinations [Article in Pentecostal Evangel, 8/16/2009]
- Living It: God’s Leaders [Article in Pentecostal Evangel, 1/10/2010]
- Living It: Dare to Dream [Article in Pentecostal Evangel, 8/19/2012]
- Brad’s Ministry Brochure