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The Church and the Orphan Crisis: Creating an Adoption Culture

February 06, 2019

How can the church address the orphan crisis in America? Brent Leatherwood hosts a panel discussion on creating an adoption culture with Herbie Newell, Emily Chapman Richards, Chelsea Sobolik, and Tony Merida at Evangelicals for Life 2019.

Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood serves as Chief of Staff. In this role, he directs the office of the President and is also responsible for strategic partnerships and media relations. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the … Read More

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik serves as a Policy Director in the Washington, D.C. office of the ERLC. Previously, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues. Chelsea is the author of Longing for Motherhood - Holding onto Hope … Read More

Emily Chapman Richards

Emily Chapman Richards is the daughter of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mary Beth Chapman, New York Times bestselling author. She is proud to be a Nashville native, and she currently resides with her husband and three daughters in Franklin, Tennessee.  Read More by this Author

Herbie Newell

Herbie Newell is the president/executive director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms including (un)adopted, Crossings, and Lifeline Village. Herbie holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Samford University. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as executive director. Under Herbie’s leadership, Lifeline has increased its international outreach to 25 … Read More

Tony Merida

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His books include: Faithful Preaching, Orphanology, Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down, Proclaiming Jesus, and Eight volumes … Read More