Dan and Carole McClelland (School Leaders)
Dan and Carole have been serving in Youth With A Mission since 2010, having done their DTS in San Jose, Costa RIca. After completing the DTS they stayed on in San Jose and served on staff for multiple DTS’s and also completed a Bible Core Course (BCC). During their time in Costa Rica, God birthed a vision in their hearts to see the Deaf Community mobilized in missions and enflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit to reach out into Deaf Communities all over the world. This ASL DTS is their dream with God to see a generation of Deaf Christians rise up to walk the fields with their Father and to pick the harvest.
Carole went to Gallaudet University from 2006-2008 and graduated with her Masters in Bilingual Deaf Education. She did her teaching internship at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe, NM and went on to teach for one year. After this year she pursued interpreting and got her RID National Certification. She became a staff interpreter at the New Mexico School for the Deaf until being called into YWAM.
Dan and Carole were married in 2009. Only after meeting Carole did Dan begin to learn ASL but it was mostly just through association. However, after their call by God to pioneer this ASL DTS he has since taken ASL classes at Gallaudet University and is actively pursuing becoming fluent in ASL.
They now live in Washington D.C. with their daughter, Olive Brave and serve with YWAM DC and Davids Tent DC. Both Dan and Carole have a love for the Bible, passionately seeking their relationships with the Lord, and seeking His presence through worship, intercession, and engaging with the Holy Spirit in knowing the heart of the Father!
Josiah Smith & Elizabeth Brandow
Josiah Smith grew up in a city in the valley with the most trees per capita in the world; northern part of sunny California. He loves to travel. Over the years, he has worked a variety of jobs; he mainly enjoyed working with development and mentally challenged children and adults.
He grew up in a christian family. Josiah admitted his feeling for a guy, and has loved Him for a long time and always felt that he was distant. It turns out He loved Josiah from the beginning and discovered that He has never at all distant. Jesus said to him I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
Josiah decided to be involved with ASL DTS and graduated in 2013. Since then, he has staffed with YWAM ASL and served with a passionate heart to reach deaf people. He hopes to continue his dream of serving and reaching people with his wife, Liza.
Elizabeth (Liza) Brandow moved to Washington, DC in the summer of 2011 and became an independent missionary at Gallaudet University. In 2013, she was called to become a part of the pioneering American Sign Language DTS for spiritual growth, accountability and community. In December 2013, she graduated DTS with the heart to continue pursuing after Gods Kingdom and bring people to light in one of the most unreached people groups in the world; the Deaf.
She also believes her heart to be the bridge to the deaf and hearing worlds by bringing them to Gods Kingdom by focusing on peoples first identity: sons and daughters.
Josiah and Liza were married on June 27, 2015 in Arizona. They have a daughter named Selah.
Currently the Smith family lives in The Gambia, Africa serving as full time missionaries to the Deaf.