National Conference 2012

September 14-15 / Atlanta, GA

Hosted by:
Cross Pointe Church

Conference for Pastors

October 4-5 / Louisville, KY

Hosted by: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Hope for Orphans

Breakout Speakers

Our 2012 Conference for Pastors (and their wives) will include breakout session topics taught by respected pastors, theologians, and adoption ministry leaders. These sessions will explore the implications of the theology of adoption for equipping your people for orphan care and adoption ministry, for counseling, Body life, corporate worship, evangelism, depression, and mercy ministry.

Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in this role since January 2004. Dr. Moore is the author of Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ; Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches; and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. He is a senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He also speaks and writes frequently on issues ranging from the kingdom of God, to global orphan care, to the theology of country music. Dr. Moore He received a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Moore’s breakout: Preaching, Teaching, and Orphan Care – This breakout will instruct pastors and adoption/orphan care ministry leaders how to cast a vision for orphan and widow care through the preaching and teaching of the local church. The seminar will address barriers to a difficult understanding of care for orphans that can be overcome through the imaginative, biblical, convictional proclamation of scripture.

Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

Dr. Jones serves as Associate Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry at Southern Seminary. He came to Southern with fifteen years of vocational ministry experience as a children’s minister, student minister, administrative pastor, and senior pastor. Dr. Jones formerly served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills in Tulsa, OK, for eight years. In addition to his ministry roles, Dr. Jones has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including Christian History Made Easy, The Da Vinci Codebreaker, Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus,” Conspiracies and the Cross and Perspectives on Family Ministry. Dr. Jones earned a B.A. from Manhattan Christian College, a M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Rayann, have adopted one daughter.

Dr. Jones’ breakout session: Pastoral Care in Adoption-Related Crises

Dr. Tim J. R. Trumper

Dr. Tim J. R. Trumper (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is Senior Minister of Seventh Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A native of Wales, he has preached internationally, taught systematic theology at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and pastored in south-east Pennsylvania. He is a monthly panelist on Total Christian Television’s locally, nationally, and internationally broadcast “Ask the Pastor” program. His doctoral dissertation is titled, “An Historical Study of the Doctrine of Adoption in the Calvinistic Tradition.” Dr. Trumper has published in-depth articles on adoption, chiefly in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, covering its general history, exegesis, metaphorical usage, theology, and application, and is the author of When History Teaches Us Nothing: The Reformed Sonship Debate in Context (Wipf and Stock, 2008). He has also written Preaching and Politics: Engagement without Compromise (Wipf and Stock, 2009), and contributed to the Festschrift in honor of Professor John Frame, Speaking the Truth in Love. Dr. Trumper is a member of the World Reformed Fellowship and the Evangelical Theological Society. He is married to Brenda. Read about Dr. Trumper’s three breakout sessions.

Dr. David B. Garner

Dr. Garner is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (1987), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1992), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D., 2002). An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Garner has served in pastoral ministry, theological education, and parachurch ministries since 1986. From 2003-2007, Dr. Garner has served as director for TE3 (theological Education for Eastern Europe), a theological training ministry based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has written a number of essays and articles, including “The First and Last Son: Sonship in Pauline Soteriology,” in Resurrection and Eschatology: Essays in Honor Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., “Rescuing the Church from the Arms of the Digital Deity,” (Equip, May 2010), and “A World of Riches,” (Reformation 21, April 2011). He is currently completing a book on the doctrine of Scripture. Read about Dr. Garner’s three breakout sessions.

Paul Pennington

Paul is the Executive Director of Hope for Orphans. Paul and his wife Robin co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2002, before merging with FamilyLife in 2003. He is the co-author of the book Launching An Orphans Ministry in Your Church and a co-host of the If You Were Mine DVD Adoption Workshop both published by FamilyLife Publishing. Paul also led the development of the Your Church and the Orphan seminar that helps churches launch an orphan ministry. He also led the development of the of the Cry of the Orphan campaign – a joint orphan awareness media campaign by Hope for Orphans, Focus on the Family and Steven Curtis Chapman’s Foundation. Paul also co-founded and formerly served on the board of the Christian Alliance for Orphans – an association of Christian adoption agencies, orphan care ministries, Christian media, foundations and advocacy groups.

Jon A. Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D.

Jon attended college at Taylor University in Upland, IN where he met and married his sweetheart Shelly 19 years ago. After surviving graduate school at UT Southwestern in Dallas and one-year of postdoctoral training in Child and Adolescent Psychology in College Station, Jon and Shelly felt the call to become foster parents. The first sibling pair they fostered, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-1/2-year-old deaf boy, eventually led to the adoption of the little boy Tanner who is now 11 years old. In May of 2010 they received a second calling to adopt internationally, and in record time adopted a soon-to-be 14 year-old deaf boy from China. After working for 10 years in a private psychology practice, Jon joined Hope For Orphans as the Director of FamilyCare giving leadership and vision in developing tools and resources to help the local church and counselors meet the needs of families adopting at risk kids and for adoptive families in crisis. Jon also serves on the board of his local CASA organization, Voices for Children, and serves on the board of Churches for Children – BrazosValley, a local orphan care alliance.

Jason Weber

Jason oversees the development and implementation of content and programs for Hope for Orphans. Jason is the author of the book Launching an Orphans Ministry in Your Church and he and his wife, Trisha, are co-authors of the FamilyLife Homebuilders Bible Study entitled Considering Adoption: A Biblical Perspective. Jason is also one of co-hosts of the If You Were Mine DVD Adoption Workshop published by FamilyLife Publishing. Jason is a national speaker and workshop leader on adoption and church orphans ministry.

Jason and his wife Trisha graduated from the University of Kansas School of Social Work in 1996 and have been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since graduation. During their first seven years on staff they lived and worked in inner city Denver. They have been on staff with Hope for Orphans since 2004. Jason and Trisha have been foster parents since 2001 and have adopted their four children from the foster care system.

Dan Dumas

Dan Dumas is the husband of one wife, Jane, for more than 20 years. He is the father of two adopted sons, Aidan and Elijah. Besides being a devoted follower of Jesus, he is a Senior Vice President at Southern Seminary and a pastor-teacher at Eastside Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is passionate about being a transformation ministry architect, teaching the next generation of pastors and leaders and creating Gospel-saturated events and conferences. In the little margin left he loves all things sports, especially water sports, and enjoys being an avid outdoorsman.

Dan’s breakout session: Making your plans in pencil: God’s sovereignty in orphan care - From the outset to the final judgment the road to adoption is messy, windy, full of potholes, steep climbs and unforeseen theological mountains. However, every molecule of our short time on this planet is controlled by an all wise, all-king, sovereign Lord.

Tera Melber

Tera is a wife and mom from Louisville, Kentucky. Married to David for 21 years, they parent six children, three of whom where adopted as older children from the Philippines and Ethiopia. Tera was the co-founder of Highview Baptist Church’s adoption and orphan care ministry. She has a passion for assisting families in preparing for and living out the lifelong journey of adoption.

Tera’s breakout session: Practical Help When Adopting Older Children – Parenting is a sanctifying experience. The adoption of older children comes with its own sanctifying challenges and blessings. Join us as we discuss acclimating your child into the family, coping with language barriers and school issues, and dealing with the past while looking forward to the future!

Michael Vinson

Michael serves as the Vice President of Advancement for Children’s HopeChest (, a global orphan care ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs. An advocate for the fatherless and widow, Michael has worked to partner U.S. church communities with orphan work in more than 20 countries. He is completing a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry degree at Dallas Theological Seminary and resides in Rockwall, Texas with his wife Jodi and their three children.

Michael’s breakout session: Equipping the Church to Care for Orphans: A Community-Based Approach to Partnerships in the Developing World – The local church is God’s most powerful tool to care for orphans and bring the transformation of the gospel to a hurting world. Find out how your congregation can connect directly to a community of orphans and vulnerable children. Through a unique “community-to-community” connection, your church ministers as a body of believers to children in need. Opportunities open in Russia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Haiti, Guatemala, and Moldova.

Darren Washausen

Darren Washausen resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Darren and his wife, Stacia, have been married 28 years and he is the father of three children, two of whom are adopted from Russia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2009, Darren has been the volunteer President & Executive Director of Orphan Care Alliance, a regional non-profit ministry serving in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The mission of Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) is to equip Christians to advocate and serve fatherless children in a variety of projects and programs. The goal is to partner with Churches and coordinate with the state governments of Kentucky and Indiana.

Jason Cornwell

Jason is Vice President of  Together for Adoption. He is a resident of Greenville, SC, where he assists Pastor Brian Habig and the other elders at Downtown Presbyterian Church (PCA). Originally from Western PA, Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte in 2006 and is the author of Gospel Quality and co-author of the Reclaiming Adoption Study Guide.

Jason’s breakout session: Adoption and Work: How the Gospel Informs our Vocation - Given the facts that God created man in His image to work and that we spend most of our days working, it is necessary for pastors to equip their people to think through the implications that the Gospel has in regards to their work. The Doctrine of Adoption helps us do that. Adoption not only affects the way we view our current work, but also how we view calling, entrepreneurship, vocation, the frustrations of our labor, production, and the future restoration of our bodies.

Zach Nielsen

Zach Nielsen is a teaching pastor and elder at The Vine who specifically oversees the areas of leadership development and music. Zach is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Covenant Theological Seminary. He is married to Kim and they have four children; Taylor, Autumn, Emery, and Mya. Zach can be heard several nights a month playing piano with the Zach Nielsen Trio, a jazz trio he started soon after arriving in Madison. Zach is also the author of popular Christian blog Vitamin Z.

Zach’s breakout session: Cultivate a Culture of Adoption and Orphan Care within Your Church

Rick Morton

Rick is the associate pastor of Discipling and Equipping at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. He is married to Denise and they are the parents of Nick, Erick, and Nastia – all adopted from Ukraine. Together, the Mortons were a part of co-founding Promise 139, an international orphan-hosting ministry. In addition to local church ministry, Morton has spent more than a decade as a college and seminary professor. Rick is co-author Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care.

Rick’s breakout session: Integrating Orphan Care into the Discipling Strategy of the Local Church – How do we seek to integrate care for the fatherless into strategy for helping people to follow Jesus through the local church? Join Discipling Pastor and co-author of the popular orphan ministry book Orphanology Rick Morton to explore this topic to discover practical ideas for you and your church. Included in this seminar will be a proposed gospel-centered strategy that addresses both the theological and practical aspects of leading believers to respond to God’s heart for the fatherless.

Andy Lehman

Andy Lehman is an orphan advocate and serves as Vice President of Lifesong for Orphans (, an orphan care ministry based in central Illinois, whose mission is to “bring joy and purpose to orphans.” Lifesong creates in-country solutions to orphan crisis in Ukraine, India, Zambia, Liberia, Ethiopia & Honduras. Also help launch Adoption Funds in churches nationwide – removing financial barriers in adoption (thru grants & loans) to assist Christian couples adopting domestically or internationally.

Andy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian Alliance for Orphans ( / Orphan Sunday ( and has been frequent guest on numerous Christian radio programs. Prior to his role at Lifesong, Andy served in Human Resources role in a Fortune 20 company, and as a couple they also served as house-parents at a Christian children’s home for at risk youth. Andy and his lovely wife Jill are adoptive parents have 4 children (two through adoption) – Travor, Haley, and Caleb, and Hope.

Andy’s breakout sessions:

Cultivating Indigenous Adoption – Indigenous adoption is a relatively untapped solution in the orphan crisis. A unique blending of “orphan care + adoption”. A case-study and example of how to effectively create indigenous adoption (Ukrainian children being adopted by Ukrainian Christian parents, etc). What works and what doesn’t work. You will see the key ingredients/concepts, and how your church orphan ministry / advocate team can stimulate indigenous adoption globally.

Successful Life Transitions for Older Orphans – As older orphans age out from systems of care around the world, the outcomes are heartbreaking: homelessness, prostitution, substance abuse, crime and incarceration await many who lack adequate support networks. We will share ideas and best practices in holistic life transition programs for older orphans including: Christ-centered spiritual care and mentoring, transitional housing, life skills preparation, vocational skills training, creating businesses & micro-loans, and more.

Jeremy Haskins

Jeremy has been married to Danae since 1998. God has blessed them with 6 children (four boys and two girls). In July of 2009, God blessed them with two boys through adoption from Ethiopia. Jeremy has been the Mission pastor at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church since January 2004. He is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham Al (1997-2001). He also has a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2004-2008). Jeremy has had several article published on the topics of Adoption, Orphan Care, World Missions, and Racism. You can find most of these articles at
Jeremy’s breakout session: Men’s Ministry Breakfasts and Starving Kids in Africa: What does Orphanology have to do with Masculinity?

Stephen Story

Stephen is Director of Ministry Development at Covenant Care Services, a statewide adoption ministry serving birthmothers and adoptive families in Georgia. Stephen is married to his high school sweetheart, Dottie, a Proverbs 31 wife who shares his love of Braves baseball. Stephen and Dottie have a daughter and a son, both of whom they adopted domestically. Stephen has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska and an undergraduate degree in Bible and Family & Church Education from Columbia International University.

Stephen’s breakout session: The Gospel and birthmothers: ministry to the woman choosing adoption for her baby – Not everyone is quick to embrace the adoption of children as a good and desirable thing. Some of that opposition is based on the real or perceived abuse of birthmothers in the adoption process. Even for those who desire to honor a birthmother, it’s not always easy to know how to relate to her in a way that is helpful. A proper understanding of the Gospel has tremendous implications for how we think about birthmothers in general, and how we minister to them in particular.

Matt Mehaffey

Matt served as a church pastor and planter for seventeen years in Indianapolis, IN and Miami, FL before he started his new role as an advocate for the fatherless with World Orphans. Today, he loves helping churches and Orphan Advocacy Teams develop effective strategies for engaging the orphan crisis. He has led churches and teams who partner with World Orphans’ projects in Iraq and Haiti.

Matt and his wife Janie live in Orlando, FL where they parent their two sons, Chase and Jackson whom they adopted from Taiwan. Matt is a writer, photographer, and co-founder of Magical Families ( – an annual weekend at Walt Disney World where adoptive families celebrate the uniqueness of their families together in the “happiest place on earth.”

You can tune-in to Matt’s adventures with World Orphans at his blog or follow him on Twitter at @mattmehaffey.

Matt’s breakout sessions:

Orphans and Vulnerable Children – Responding through the Church
The Mega Issues: Breaking Down People’s Perception of the Orphan

Stacia Washausen

Stacia is a wife and mother from Louisville, KY. She has been married to Darren for 28 years and they have three children, two of whom were adopted internationally. Stacia serves as Director of Family Support for Orphan Care Alliance where much of her focus is on serving vulnerable children in the Louisville area. She also serves on the Foster Care Review Board and Summit Academy’s Board of Trustees.

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