DVC was founded in 1983 by David Stecca and his wife Ruby.
David first became aware of the Deaf community while a police officer in the Chicago suburbs. He was called to a domestic dispute between a Deaf couple. At that time, there were no sign language interpreters available to the police force. David could not understand the Deaf couple, so their daughter had to interpret as her parents argued, then come to the police station to help David book her father into jail. Because of that, David and Ruby decided to learn sign language and started taking lessons from a local pastor to the Deaf.
Later, David was cruising in his squad car listening to the radio and he was struck by how many Christian resources were freely available to the hearing through the radio. What was there for the Deaf?
David and Ruby started DVC to provide the same resources to the Deaf, through video, that the hearing had through radio. At that time they both had other jobs, so they ran DVC from their basement on nights and weekends, with nothing but a camcorder and their passion for the Deaf. They recorded their first sermon in 1983 and started the DVC Lending Library in 1984 to make their videos available to the Deaf through the mail.
Since then, DVC has produced more than 400 original programs, including Bible studies, sign language teaching materials, dramas, sermons, and children’s programs, and has added sign language interpreting or captioning to many more. The DVC Library has loaned over 56,000 videos to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and their friends, family, schools and churches.
Today, DVC has offices in Carol Stream, Illinois with a broadcast-quality video studio, a conference center and a dormitory. Those offices are staffed by five staff members and a small army of faithful volunteers, all of whom share David and Ruby’s passion to bring Christian resources to the Deaf community.