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About

Our Mission: Together for Adoption exists to provide gospel-centered resources that magnify the adopting grace of God the Father in Christ Jesus and mobilize the church for global orphan care.

Dan Cruver, President | Founder

Dan is an orphan advocate and thought-leader who loves to empower and equip people “to do justice, and to love kindness” (Micah 6:8) as they care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Dan co-founded Together for Adoption in 2008 with Jason Kovacs because he knew social causes with a robust theology driving them can flourish and be sustained over the long-haul. No one—absolutely no one—was and is more theological than Jesus; and nobody cared for the poor, orphaned, and marginalized as much as Jesus did. This understanding is what continues to drive Dan to advocate tirelessly for the fatherless and to serve churches by giving them an accessible theology of orphan care.

In September of 2014, U.S. Senator Tim Scott honored Dan as his Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angel in Adoption.

Believe it or not, Dan is the owner and curator of the @JRRTolkien Twitter account (Interestingly, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings included several characters who were orphans. As a matter of fact, Tolkien was himself an orphan. See Tolkien’s Mother-less Heroes.). Tolkien tweeting is just a little hobby of his… Dan’s active on his personal Twitter (@DanCruver) and Facebook accounts as well.

He lives in beautiful Travelers Rest, SC, with his wonderful wife and three children.

Dan’s first book: Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father.

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Dan is available to speak in churches and other groups interested in orphan care and adoption (see Dan’s speaking schedule). Email Dan to inquire about scheduling him to speak at your church or event.

Jason Kovacs, Co-Founder / Advisor

Jason is the Cofounder of Together for Adoption and Director of Ministry Development for The ABBA Fund. He also serves on staff as Pastor of Care and Counseling at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX where he and his wife live with their five children (four adopted and one biological child). It is Jason’s passion to see the church gripped with the adoptive heart of God and practically living out the Gospel through adoption and orphan care. He is a contributing author of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, writing on ‘Missional Living and Adoption.’ Jason is passionate about seeing a global movement of churches caring for the fatherless and loves writing, speaking, and consulting on topics such as the theology of adoption/orphancare, resources and financing for adoption, transracial adoption, and how to care for adoptive families.

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Jason is available to speak in churches and other groups interested in orphan care and adoption. Use our contact page to inquire about scheduling Jason to speak at your church or event.

Kaleb Scharmahorn, Worship Leader

Kaleb serves as Pastor of Family Groups and Worship at Oasis Church in Ormond Beach, FL. He and his wife, Meagan, founded and direct ‘The Igniting Hope Foundation’ that specifically exists to serve and support the people and orphans of Nicaragua. They have two beautiful little girls and are hoping God would bless them with many more. Kaleb graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical & Theological studies from Mid-Continent University and when he is not leading worship, writing, or spending time with his family, you can be sure to find him out cycling or trying to surf. Listen to Kaleb’s music.

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Scott Crawford, Exhibitor Coordinator

Scott and his wife, Jo Anna, reside in Lewisville, NC with their 2 biological daughters, ages 9 & 11 and their adopted (Philippines) sons, ages 4 & 3 years old. Scott is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and currently works as the Operational Coordinator for the Comprehensive Cancer Center Pharmacy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He has been involved with T4A conference production and served as the Exhibitor Coordinator since 2010. Scott is involved with his church, Salem Chapel in Winston-Salem and is an outspoken advocate for the fatherless & the vulnerable. Scott enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and sports (especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers).

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Nemili Johnson, Educational Coordinator

Please welcome Nemili Johnson to the T4A team as the breakout session coordinator for our October 4-5 national conference! We are thrilled to serve with her at Together for Adoption for the sake of orphaned and vulnerable children everywhere. Nemili was adopted at 18 months from southern India and grew up in southwestern Wyoming with her parents and older brother. Nemili is the second generation of adoptive woman in her family. She feels very fortunate that the Lord placed 12+ other adopted members into her extended family as a built-in support system. She and her husband have one son and are also pursuing their own adoption in Honduras.

In 2009, the Lord revealed to Nemili the great interest adoptive parents have in adult adoptees’ perspectives. This inspired Nemili, along with two adoptive parents, to found Chosen for Life Ministries (CFLM), bringing adoptive parents into community and fellowship. Looking to deepen CFLM’s ministry was the impetus for Nemili to attend Together for Adoption’s 2011 National Conference in Phoenix, AZ. This was the first time she was introduced to the Theology of Adoption, radically transforming and deepening her perspective on what the Lord says about adoption. Since then, Nemili has focused her teaching to adoptive parents on the importance of raising their adopted (and biological) children with a strong sense of hope in who God is through his words on adoption, identity, and inheritance.

Nemili attended The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She has a psychiatric nursing background. Nemili also pursued her masters degree at Northwestern University obtaining a Masters in Medical Informatics. She currently works as a Senior Clinical Analyst.

Email Nemili.

Listen to one of Nemili’s breakout sessions here from our most recent national conferences (New Hope – Teaching Your Child about their True Inheritance)

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