CAFO Speakers Bureau

The CAFO Speakers Bureau is offered as a resource for churches and groups seeking compelling voices for conferences, events and services. Each speaker has been officially recommended by one or more CAFO member organizations. However, CAFO does not endorse individual speakers, and the views expressed by speakers are not necessarily those of all CAFO members or CAFO as a whole. Diligence is urged in discerning the unique strengths and messaging of individual speakers. Click Here to see more about submitting a speaker!

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Aaron Klein

Hope Takes Root Founder | Lifesong for Orphans Ethiopia Board Member

Aaron Klein is the co-founder and CEO of Riskalyze, a financial technology startup. He’s also been elected to three terms as a Sierra College Trustee, and advocates for adoption and ending the global orphan crisis as a co-founder of Hope Takes Root. Most importantly, he’s a husband and a father who believes in Isaiah 1:17’s radical mandate for changing the world.

Speaking Themes

Financing adoption; Beyond orphan care: building a self-sustainable future in the developing world

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Alan Hunt

Vice President of Advocacy | World Orphans

My name is Alan Hunt. I serve as Vice President of Church Partnerships and Advocacy for the global ministry of World Orphans. After 32 years in the auto parts industry and years of preparation for missions, I left my corporate job…

Speaking Themes

Orphan Care through International Church Partnerships, Best Practices for Church to Church Partnerships, The Mega Issue of Orphans, Why the Church, Starting an Orphan Advocacy Team, Becoming a Rescue Partner, The Global numbers are staggering - What can I do?

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Andy Lehman

Vice President | Lifesong for Orphans

Andy Lehman is an orphan advocate and serves as Vice President of Lifesong for Orphans. Andy has been with Lifesong since it’s inception in 2002: developing partnerships, growing church relationships, launching new initiatives, speaking & global advocacy…

Speaking Themes

God’s Heart for the Orphan, Becoming an Orphan Advocate in each Season of Life, Innovative Orphan Care Solutions, Financing Adoption 101, Establishing Church Adoption Funds, Cultivating Indigenous Adoption ~ an relatively untapped solution in the orphan crisis, Brush-to-Berries ~ creating sustainable business to help orphans, and Successful Life Transitions for Older Orphans.

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Beth Guckenberger

"Chief Talker"/ Co-Executive Director | Back2Back Ministries

Beth and Todd Guckenberger serve as executive directors of Back2Back Ministries, headquartered in Cincinnati,OH. Currently, their ministry has operations on three different continents (Mexico, Indian and Nigeria and Haiti). They have lived in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1997 and since that time have hosted thousands of guests on their ministry campus…

Speaking Themes

Orphancare, Foster Care, Adoption, Missions, Missions to Children, and Blended Families.

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Brooke Miller

Orphan Care Ministry Leader | ROCKHARBOR and Finally Home Foundation

Once upon a time, I didn’t know that there were over 140 million orphans on this planet. I’d been in Church for 30+ years without knowing about them. But then one of them became a part of my world. One friend adopted, then two, then three. In fact, one whole side of our family is made up entirely of previous orphans…

Speaking Themes

Together, This Is Solvable: Inviting and Equipping the WHOLE community to respond to orphans; Before & After the Balloons: How to (helpfully) walk alongside your adoptive friend or family member; How NON-adoptive friends and family members play a crucial role in every adoption; Hollow Places: What infertility has taught me about orphans, loss, and the redemption of deep, hollow hurts.

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Bruce Kendrick

Director of Outreach, Ordained Pastor | Embrace Texas

My wife, Denise, and I became foster parents at the age of 21, and in the past ten years have fostered 30 children. We never planned to adopt as we had 3 biological children, but God has a funny way of working in us…

Speaking Themes

Adoption theology, the gospel's implications to the fatherless and the church, meaningful orphan care ministry consulting, older child adoption, marriage and parenting issues, disruption and dissolution-why adoptions fail and our hope for healthy families, and grandparenting in your 30's.

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C.H. Dyer

President & CEO | Bright Hope

C.H. Dyer has been President of Bright Hope since 1993, taking over the reins from his father who founded the organization in 1968. C.H. grew up in a dedicated missions focused family. His earliest memories are of his father preaching in churches about the poor and persecuted living in Romania and Russia…

Speaking Themes

Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Helping Orphans in the 21st Century, Global Mission Leadership, Extreme Poverty 101: How to Help and What Helping Teaches Us about God, Growing in Faith and Love, Micro-finance and Micro-loans: Creating Successful Jobs, Business Philanthropy, Non-Profit Leadership.

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Daniel Taylor

Administrative Director | Lifeline Children's Services

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social Work from Auburn University. He served on staff with an at-risk children’s ministry for over…

Speaking Themes

Domestic adoption, foster care, connecting with faith-based organizations, using technology to connect, choosing an adoption agency

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Darren Lewis

Director | Mission 1:27

I hold a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in History. I have been an Ordained minister with the Assemblies of God for 10 years. My wife and I serves as the directors of Mission 1:27 and the Kentucky Orphan Commission.

Speaking Themes

I am happy to speak on international adoption, domestic adoption, foster care, orphan care, and what the Bible has to say about adoption.

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Darren Washausen

President | Orphan Care Alliance

Darren and his wife, Stacia, were called to adopt in 2003. They are the parents of Britt, Andrew (from St. Petersburg Russia), and Noah from Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2009, Darren became the President and Executive Director of Orphan Care Alliance in Louisville, KY.

Speaking Themes

Growing Church Alliances Working with State Government Advocate for Domestic Orphan Care

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Dave Wood

International Director | Lifeline Children Services

Dave Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Theology from Liberty University. He comes to us with over 25 years of professional experience…

Speaking Themes

Adoption (international and domestic), orphan care, how to choose an agency

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David A. Arruda

Pastor/Director | N.U.H.O.P.E and Orphan Sunday

Pastor David A. Arruda was born and raised in Fall River, MA. Was a Member of the US. Army. Resided in Alaska for 13 years before returning to New England. Pastor David A. has been a United Methodist since 1993 his has been in the pastoral ministry since 2002. David came into the ministry with a passion to help churches turn around. In 2004 he developed the 11th Hour Church process.

Speaking Themes

Orphan Sunday, Orphan/Foster Awareness, Church Action in Orphan/Foster Ministries, Orphans/Foster Care in Church Growth.

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David Kuritar

Vice President | VisionTrust International

Born and raised in Michigan, accept Christ as a youth attending Vacation Bible School. Attended Liberty University, earning a B.S. Degree in Finance and Economics, went on to Western Michigan University earning an MBA.

Speaking Themes

Orphan Care in 3rd world countries and sustainable economic models for orphan care.

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Don Ballard

Chief Church Relations Officer | Arrow Child and Family Ministry

Don has earned his DMin in Pastoral Theology with 15 years full time Christian Ministry experience, international ministry experience. Is a Urban missionary and Pro life advocate.

Speaking Themes

World Mission Outreach, adoption, child rescue, graceful ministry.

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Doug Walker

Senior Pastor | Fellowship of the Parks

Doug Walker is the founding and Senior Pastor of Fellowship of the Parks Church with three campuses in North Texas. He is a graduate of Carson Newman College and Southwestern Seminary. Doug wrote the book “Things Were Better Before You Came – A Story of Adoption, Acceptance and Unconditional Love.”

Speaking Themes

Doug is available to speak on the topics of adoption, acceptance and unconditional love. His target audience is: Adult adopted children, parents of adopted children, and birth parents seeking relational and spiritual validation. Those involved in adoption services. Any Christian interested in the Biblical theology of adoption, acceptance and unconditional love. Any person who has ever felt unloved, unwanted, or alone and those who deal with feelings of insecurity and insignificance.

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Dr. Jon Bergeron

Director of FamilyCare | Hope for Orphans

Jon is a clinical psychologist and adoptive parent. He and his wife, Shelly, have been foster parents and have adopted special needs children both domestically and internationally. After working for 10 years in a private psychology practice, Jon joined Hope For Orphans as…

Speaking Themes

Adoption of children with special needs, At-risk children in adoption, Post adoption issues, Integrating Scientific Knowledge with a Biblical Worldview in regards to Orphan Care, and Recognizing and addressing the spiritual aspects of helping children heal.

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Eileen Mestas

President | Mustard Seed Faith Ministries

Eileen has been married to Jerry for 34 years. They had three biological children and were living the American dream planning for their empty nest until God radically transformed their lives by awakening their hearts to the orphan crisis.

Speaking Themes

Faith, Adoption - Domestic & International, Orphan Care, Marriage, Parenting

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Elizabeth Occhipinti

President | Miriam's Heart

Co-Founder & President of Miriam’s Heart, Elizabeth seeks to create a culture of adoption within the church. Miriam’s Heart began out of the example of a small church located in a rural area. This church had what we like to call, ‘a culture of adoption’.

Speaking Themes

Creating the culture of adoption within your church; We can locally provide a panel of adoptive, foster and adult adoptees to field questions pertaining to adoption & foster care; Motivating the church to consider their calling under the Biblical mandate to adopt; Looking holistically at the orphan, birth family and adoptive family Educating & Equipping the Church to Take Action on Behalf of Orphaned and Abandoned Children Reaching the Northeast/Tri-State Area

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Emmanuel Nnyanzi

Executive Director | Parental Care Ministries Uganda

Founders of PCM, Emmy and Sarah “Supermom” Nnyanzi have each traveled to the US and UK to share about how God continues to work in incredible ways in Uganda. Both of them came from broken homes where they were mistreated and abused…

Speaking Themes

Overcoming Bitterness (from the perspective of an orphan), Hearing God's Voice

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Florence Muindi, MD, MPH

Founding President/CEO | Life In Abundance International

Dr. Muindi is considered a thought leader in the ministry of community development. A native to Kenya, Dr. Muindi is a medical doctor by training and has pioneered LIA’s transformational development model. Since the beginning, Dr. Muindi has played an integral role in not only establishing…

Speaking Themes

Community development, Transformational development, Integrated/wholistic development, Complete community health, Equipping local leadership, Equipping the local church to meet the needs of its community, Sustainable solutions to addressing poverty, A new missions model

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Gerald Clark

Founder and CEO | Home For Good Foundation

Author, International Speaker, Bible Teacher, Missionary Bush Pilot

Six years working directly with children in a mission orphanage in the Philippines. Gerald is one of the early pioneers advocating for Adoption as Ministry and Evangelism since January 1997. He has spoken about adoption ministry in churches across the USA and on several islands in the Philippines…

Speaking Themes

Launching an adoption ministry in your church, Hidden evangelists in your congregation who already want to adopt, Creative ways to fund adoptions that don’t harm the church budget, Adoption and church growth / community outreach, Local Adoption by families in every evangelical church in the world, Adoption and Evangelism. Adoption and the Gospel Jas 1:27; Matt 5:16; Gal 4:4-5; John 1:12, and Emptying an orphanage by adoption vs. building a new orphanage

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Glenn Garvin

Vice President | Royal Family KIDS

Most family trees are pictured as mighty oaks, but Glenn refers to his as a cactus. It’s easy to see why Glenn — with two moms and three dads — describes his background this way. Glenn hasn’t seen his birth mother since the day he was born. His birth father was a chaotic presence, in and out of…

Speaking Themes

Moments Matter, Thriving out of abuse - Getting Well, Breaking the cycle, Fatherless Issues, The church and child abuse

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Hannah Farver

Promotions Manager | Hope for Orphans

Hannah is a writer, student, and orphan advocate. Her first book,
Uncompromising, was published in 2011 by Moody Publishers. Her writing
has also been published in WORLD magazine online, Christianity Today,
and FamilyLife’s MomLife blog…

Speaking Themes

The orphan crisis & how college students and teens can help.

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Heather Neely

Director of Short Term Missions | VisionTrust International

Heather Neely spent three years from 2005 through 2007 serving as the Executive Director for Adopt-a-Village International. Employed by VisionTrust since 2008 as Director of…

Speaking Themes

Hosting mission teams that meet real needs, Partnering with locals to serve their community, Importance of being a servant/learner on the mission field, How to gauge when a mission team should meet an expressed need or empower locals to fulfill the task, and How to effectively train your mission team to be culturally sensitive. How to engage USA churches in a long term commitment a specific targeted community Training mission team leaders

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Herbert Newell

Executive Director | Lifeline Children's Services

Herbie Newell holds a master’s in Accounting from Samford University. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as executive director…

Speaking Themes

Adoption (Internationally and Domestically), Orphan Care, Foster Care, choosing the right agency and the Theology of Adoption.

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James Yim

Pastor | Living Way Community Church

Please see full profile for bio.

Speaking Themes

He speaks on all themes as one of the main preaching pastors of our church, but he also gives talked focused on adoption.

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Jason Damkoehler

Executive Director/President | Precious.org

Jason and Nancy Damkoehler have been married since 1994 and are raising and homeschooling five amazing children, three boys and two adopted girls (China and Colombia), from 2 to 15 years old. As a 20-year-pastor, Jason serves as the senior pastor of Journey Family Fellowship, a growing family-integrated church he and Nancy founded in Bloomington, IL in 2005.

Speaking Themes

Motivating and empowering people to move past their fears and grab ahold of God's passion for orphans. Passionately and unapologetically challenging men to rise up and lead in the adoption revolution! Equipping people to adopt and equipping the Church to support those who do. Motivating church leaders to make adoption/orphan care a primary ministry of their church.

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Jason Lancaster

Senior Pastor | Evanston Bible Fellowship

Jason Lancaster is the Senior Pastor of Evanston Bible Fellowship, a Gospel Centered urban church in the Chicago area. He is married with six kids…

Speaking Themes

Gospel Centered Adoption (Theological and Biblical explanations of Adoption and Caring for Orphans), Motivating Men to Adopt, Setting the Church on a Trajectory of Orphan Care and Adoption, Personal testimony of unlikely journey through domestic, international, special needs and foster care adoption.

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Jeff Thompson

CEO | Mercy Projects

Jeff is the founder of Eastern European Outreach (now called Mercy Projects) and left home at 21 years old to smuggle bibles behind the Iron Curtain. He is the author of “Leaving The American Sector” and works with over 1000 orphans and at-risk children in Ukraine, Russia, Kosovo, and Armenia.

Speaking Themes

Defending Widows and Orphans, Human Trafficking, Foster Care and Solutions for Orphans in our Communities The Broken and Fatherless Are All Around Us How we as Christians can make a practical difference in our community and the world simply by living our faith

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Jeremy Resmer

Projects Manager | World Orphans

Jeremy held strategic and management positions in marketing, operations and corporate finance for growing technology, fashion, and direct response companies. Prior to joining World Orphans, he worked for an international consulting firm and provided strategic solutions for small and mid size companies…

Speaking Themes

Home-based care for OVC, project development, and economic development.

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Jim Ross

Leadership Team (New Program Development) | VisionTrust

7 year missionary with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) Denver Seminary Graduate (Masters in Christian Studies) Currently working on PhD in Holistic Childhood Development (APNTS) Additional Resources contact me at jimr@visiontrust.org if you would like to see a copy of the book I wrote called “True Religion”. Speaker Location Colorado Springs, CO

Speaking Themes

Big Picture of Global Orphan Care, How to help without hurting, How to help a whole lot of orphans with a very little amount of money, and The REALITY of an orphan in the developing world.

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John Fuller

Vice President | Focus on the Family

John is probably best known as the co-host of the popular Focus on the Family daily radio broadcast, heard around the world by millions. He and his wife, Dena, happily married since 1984, and already parents to five biological children, became orphan care advocates and adoptive parents of a special boy from Russia in 2004. […]

Speaking Themes

Orphan care, adoption, parenting special needs children, "First Time Dad" (book published by Moody Publishing), Sample sessions regarding orphan care: 1. The Call To Care: Stories, statistics and Scripture reflecting the tremendous needs of 143 million fatherless children around the word, how we are called to care for the “least of these,” and what a step of faith can do in a child’s life. 2. “Can Do!” – Practical Ways To Help An Orphan: A look at the range of ways to reach out to orphans, from writing a check to supporting an adoptive family to welcoming a child into your heart and home. You CAN do something significant in the life of an orphan. 3. Adoption Drill Down: For those interested in adoption, and those who are already on the journey, a look at the process, costs, emotional and relational dynamics, challenges and joys of bringing an orphaned child into your family. 4. The Beauty Of Every Life: God’s divine imprint is on every individual’s life. We’re called to affirm His handiwork and to do so with an active faith. Stories of choosing to see every person through God’s eyes, especially the orphan.

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Johnny Carr

National Director of Church Partnerships | Bethany Christian Services

Johnny and his wife, Beth, are the parents of five children. Three of their children were adopted and are deaf. Their youngest is also medically complex. Johnny served in full time church ministry for 14 years before…

Speaking Themes

Adoption, Orphan Care and Social Justice for Evangelicals.

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Jonathan Goode

Managing Director | Unthinkable

Jonathan leads the creative entity known as Unthinkable. He views as himself as a bridesmaid for the Bride of Christ. His greatest hope is…

Speaking Themes

1. God proved through Jesus that he cares for the orphan. In seeking to be like him, we are called to do the same. 2. PRAY BIG: Asking like you think the all-powerful God is listening. 3. Love God. Love People. Utilizing the Greatest Commandment to fulfill.

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Josh Caldwell

Manager of Involvement & Partnerships | Lifeline Children's Services

Josh has served on staff at two churches in the Birmingham area and one Christian School, working with children, youth and families…

Speaking Themes

Church participation involving orphan care, creating an adoption culture in the church, encouraging men to take initiative in the home, adopting internationally in Africa and the Theology of Adoption.

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Julie Gumm

Author, Speaker, Adoptive Mom | Lifeline Children's Services

Julie Gumm is married to her high-school sweetheart and the mother of 4 children from 2 continents. She is the author of the bestselling book “Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption,” which has been featured on…

Speaking Themes

Adopting Debt-free, Fundraising for Adoption, Adoptive Family Life, Post-Adoption Depression, Getting Involved in the Global Orphan Care Crisis.

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Kate Borders

Senior Projects Director | World Orphans

Kate Borders is a Senior Projects Director for World Orphans, a non-profit organization committed to rescuing orphaned and abandoned children, strengthening the local church, and impacting…

Speaking Themes

World Orphans ministry and model of care, specifically: Church-based orphan care, Residential care and (community) home-based care, Holistic Child Care (caring for children spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally).

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Katie Overstreet

Program Director, Adoption & Orphan Care | Focus on the Family

Katie Overstreet serves as the program director for the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative at Focus on the Family. The program’s primary objectives are to raise awareness of and recruit families for waiting kids in foster care, as well as provide post-placement resources for adoptive families. In her role, Katie is able to live out her passion for helping children as she oversees implementation of these efforts.

Speaking Themes

Engaging with the foster care system - what it means for families, churches, and communities; Wrapping around adoptive families; Information for young adults about how to engage now and talking about the future early

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Kelly Rosati

Vice President, Community Outreach | Focus on the Family

Kelly M. Rosati is the Vice President of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative. She frequently speaks for Focus on the sanctity of human life and adoption related topics in the media and through Focus’ communication channels. An attorney by training, Mrs. Rosati was the Executive Director of Hawaii Family Forum for 10 years where she advocated for Hawaii’s children and families in the legislature and media.

Speaking Themes

The realities of adoption and the challenges families can face; The importance of church support (wrapping around adoptive families); What it really means to be pro-life

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Kevin Hofmann

Consultant in Adoption | Kevin Hofmann, Adult Adoptee, Consultant in Adoption

Kevin Hofmann is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has a passion for adoption and especially Transracial adoption and enjoys sharing his experiences as a biracial Transracial adoptee to help other adoptive families. Working with the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, Kevin serves as a trainer and helps educate foster/adoptive parents across Ohio in the areas of Transcultural parenting, Cultural Diversity, and Search and Reunion.

Speaking Themes

Transracial adoption, Adoption advocacy , racial identity formation in transracial adoptees, The importance of culture, Adoption: The Divine appointment in which God causes the lives of individuals to intersect...and become family. God made us colorful so stop being color-blind. Adoption Residue{ The affects of being adopted.

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Kevin Squires

Senior Director of Advocacy | World Orphans

Kevin Squires is the Senior Director of Advocacy for World Orphans, a Christian non-profit organization committed to rescuing orphaned and abandoned children, strengthening indigenous…

Speaking Themes

Global Orphan Crisis, Motivating American churches to start orphan care ministries, Ever-changing face of mission work, Human-trafficking and the sex trade industry, Orphan Advocacy Teams: How small groups can change the world, and Reconnecting social justice with gospel-centered teaching.

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Kimberly Smith

Co-President of Make Way Partners & Author | Make Way Partners

Kimberly L. Smith is co-president and co-founder of Make Way Partners and author of Passport through Darkness. Fighting to end human trafficking in the darkest corners of our world, skeptics declared many of the tasks set before Make Way Partners as impossible. However, fueled by compassion…

Speaking Themes

Human Trafficking, Genocide, Sudan, and Orphan Care.

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Lindsy Wallace

Orphan Care Ministry Leader | Antioch Church

In 2010 I felt God calling me to step away from my career in the secular non-profit sector, to first focus on my family and second, use my gifts to expand our family’s ministry of caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Around this same time, my husband was diagnosed with stage three melanoma, our adoption journey inched along towards year three…

Speaking Themes

Caring for Orphans as a Family and a Church; Persevering While You Wait; Fundraising for the Rest of Us

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Lisa Castetter

Founder and CEO | Teen Leadership Foundation

A devoted transitional age foster youth advocate; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Teen Leadership Foundation (TLF). TLF is an Orange County-based nonprofit which operates through-out Southern California and the Pacific Northwest…

Speaking Themes

The Church and Foster Teens, Breaking the Cycle, Changing Statistics, Mentoring Impact, and Life Change at Camp.

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Mandy Litzke

Adopted Mom, Speaker | Life Through the Word Ministries & Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries

Miracles of Love. That sums up the story of my life. Born into a tragic, heart-wrenching environment of alcoholism, drug addiction and abuse, God’s first miracle was sparing my life. God then proceeded to put His plan into action. One couple, led of God, responded to His calling to simply love me. Being adopted by my forever family led to…

Speaking Themes

Personal testimony as adoptee (I was rescused from tragic beginning/abuse then orphaned; foster care-- & led by God's orchestration to my forever family and now adoptive mother to 16 blessings (14 adopted) Other topics incorporated or shared alone: Orphan Care - covering both local track (Foster/Adopt/Mentoring/Safe Families) and International track-global orphancare and adoption; ADOPTION-Core of the Gospel; His Heart--Our hands; Living out James 1:27--obedience and faith journey; Kids from Hard Places-HOPE - A place of healing; Brokeness to Blessings; ONE

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Mark Barret

Executive Director | Parental Care Ministries USA

Mark and Monica have an incredible story about how God took an ordinary pediatrician and his family and showed how He can use them to bless so many more lives if they would just listen and follow His call. Beginning with a family trip to Uganda, the Barrets were able to see firsthand the work of Pastor Emmy and Supermom and their single school of 120 children and 2 dozen churches.

Speaking Themes

Stepping out in faith when God calls; How can a doctor in Texas also head up a nonprofit ministry to orphans in Uganda?

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Matt Mehaffey

Director of Orphan Advocacy | World Orphans

Matt served as a mega-church pastor and new church planter for seventeen years in Indianapolis, IN and Miami, FL before he started his new role…

Speaking Themes

Orphans and Vulnerable Children – Responding through the Church

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Matthew Storer

President & CEO | VisionTrust

Matthew D. Storer became the President of VisionTrust International, Inc. in April of 2004 after a 14 year career in the technology industry, the last 8 years with Microsoft Corporation. More recently, Mr. Storer became the President and CEO of VisionTrust…

Speaking Themes

1) KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE = ABUNDANT LIFE: Biblical world view that builds faith by ministering to the poor, widows and fatherless. 2) HOW TO HELP WITHOUT HURTING: What you need to know before starting your project so it will be God honoring and effective. 3) Topics related to ministering to the poor and operating a Christian non-profit. 4) PERSONAL TESTIMONY ON HOW GOD MOVED ME FROM MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE TO RUNNING A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY.

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Megan Terry

Deputy Director International Orphan Sunday | CAFO

Megan Terry is a busy mom of three and foster mom. She speaks about adoption from the perspective of an adoptive parent. She provides encouragement for parents and a voice of honesty about adoption and foster care issues (the good and the difficult!)…

Speaking Themes

Social media and orphan advocacy, adoption, Orphan Sunday, reflections from an adoptive and foster family and transracial families.

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Paul Pennington

Co-Founder and Executive Director | Hope for Orphans

Paul and his wife, Robin, co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2002, before merging with FamilyLife in 2003 where he serves as Executive Director. Paul led in the birth of both the Summit and the formation of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, where he served as a board member until 2011…

Speaking Themes

Gospel-Centric Orphan Ministry, Adoption, and Orphan Ministry in the Church.

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Robin Pennington

Co-Founder | Hope for Orphans

Robin, along with her husband Paul, co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2002, before merging with FamilyLife in 2003. Robin is a national pioneer in developing church- based ministry to high-risk post adoptive families and…

Speaking Themes

Adoption of Children with Special Needs, At-risk Children in Adoption and Post Adoption Issues and Families in Crisis.

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Shannon Vander Ark

Public Speaker | Olive Crest-Fostering Together

I am a former foster child who was placed in care at 7 & aged out of the system at 18. I was never allowed to be legally adopted by the last family who took me in at 11 because my birth parents rights were never terminated. I spend most of my life trying to hide the fact of where I came from…

Speaking Themes

My passion is to engage the church & us as believers that the time to respond to the call to foster/adopt is now. To share about the healing & redeeming power that Christ can have in a child's life. With Him and the support of a loving family, it is possible to break the cycle of sometimes generational abuse. I also hope to offer encouragement to families as well as foster teens traveling on this journey through workshops & trainings.

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Sherrie Eldridge

Author, Speaker, Adoption Advocate | Jewel Among Jewels Adoption Network, Iinc

Who would have guessed that a newborn baby abandoned at birth, who failed to thrive with her adoptive parents, who suffered attachment, learning and sensory challenges, and whose mother wanted to abort her, would end up thriving?

Speaking Themes

Under His Wings--Creating A Post-Adoption Growth Group for Adoptees, How and When to Talk Adoption with Your Adopted Child, The Gift of Grief--Transforming A Painful Past (A Practical tool to help children grieve loss), The Heart Language of Adoptees, What Adoptees Wish Church Communities Knew, 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Forever Fingerprints--God's Way of Assuring the Adoptee's Worth and Identity, From Nameless to Shameless--Sherrie's Story

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Tabitha Lovell

Missions and Adoption Travel Manager | Orphan Care Alliance

Tabitha is a dedicated christian travel agent for missionaries and adopting families and an enthusiastic orphan advocate. She has a wonderful husband and six children (2 are biological) and works daily to hold the hands of missionaries and adopting families through each step of their travel process…

Speaking Themes

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Adoption Travel, Effectively Planning for International Missions Travel, Short Term Missions Planning and Group Missions Trip Planning.

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