J.R. Bucklew came to Pioneer Bible Translators in 2020 and became our Chief Advancement Officer in 2022. He leads in mobilizing resources for Bible translation and church planting among unreached Deaf and hearing people groups. He also serves as Chief Steward of Church Mobilization for illumiNations, an alliance of Bible translation partners. As the son of Deaf parents, J.R.’s ministry has focused on serving Deaf communities around the world. He started a Deaf church in Mekelle, Ethiopia, and, in 2015, founded Deaf Bible Society. J.R. holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Grimké Seminary. He and his wife Feven have one daughter.