The Church and the Orphan Crisis: Creating an Adoption Culture
Published January 14, 2020
America’s children are facing a crisis. Many are displaced from their homes, vulnerable, and in need of care. What can we, as Christians, do to address this orphan crisis? At Evangelicals for Life, Brent Leatherwood hosted a panel discussion on creating an adoption culture, featuring Herbie Newell, Emily Chapman Richards, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Tony Merida.
Chelsea Sobolik serves as the Director of Public Policy with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in the Washington, D.C. office. Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues. Chelsea has been published at the Wall Street Journal, USA … Read
Emily Chapman Richards
Emily Chapman Richards serves as Show Hope’s executive director. She has enjoyed watching Show Hope grow from a dream in her parents’ hearts to an organization that has helped thousands of children come to know the love of a family. After earning her bachelor’s in International Studies and Religion from … Read
Herbie Newell is the president of Lifeline Children’s Services, the largest Evangelical Christian adoption agency in the United States. The organization serves vulnerable children and families through private domestic and international adoption, family restoration, and pregnancy counseling. Herbie is also the author of Image Bearers: Shifting from Pro-Birth to Pro-Life. Read
Tony Merida is pastor for Preaching and Vision of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; director of Theological Training for Acts 29; and a council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of a number of books, including Love Your Church, Ruth For You, The Christ-Centered Expositor, and … Read