DES MOINES, Iowa—Anthony Mendoza, whose passion was to teach God’s Word to the deaf, died Dec. 27. He was 67.

Tony, who earned a theology degree from Temple Deaf Bible College in 1979, led the deaf congregation of Northridge Baptist Church in Des Moines beginning in 2005. Previously he helped start Deaf Liberty Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1979 and served there until 1982. He also served in the deaf ministry of Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines from 1983 to 1997 and at a Bible church from 1998 to 2005.

In addition, Tony preached and taught in churches and at conferences all over the United States and traveled to Romania and Hungary as a short-term missionary in 1995 and 1998.

Tony is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debbie; three sons, Joshua, John, and Jacob; and seven grandchildren.