The DBLR began in September 1987 in Rochester, New York. Mrs. Sylvya Boyd and her ladies from the First Bible Baptist Church hosted the first retreat. Mrs. Sharon Bordean from Liberty Baptist Church of the Deaf lead music. Both Sylvya and Sharon had a great burden for Deaf ladies to grow in the Lord after they were saved.

Independent Baptist churches host the annual conference in different cities throughout the United States. An Advisory Board, made up of five ladies, helps to ensure that the retreats run smoothly.

The members of the Board are (left to right) –
Back: Sharon Bordean, Amy Remington
Front: Tabitha Beam, Mary Fuller, Melodie Reynolds

Deaf ladies are encouraged to attend the Retreat. Each year there are workshops of special interest to ladies of all ages. Also, messages are given each day. The Retreats are held in October the Thursday night through Saturday noon just before Columbus Day. The registration fee covers all materials, program booklet, food, and workshop room fees.

All Deaf and hearing ladies, regardless of church affiliation, are welcome to attend! Voice interpretation is provided at each session throughout the Retreat. Sorry, no husbands or children are invited. Mothers can bring babies who are nursing.