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The Church and the Orphan Crisis: Creating an Adoption Culture

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 currently serves as Acting President of the ERLC, as well as Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff. 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 organization’s campaign apparatus at … Read More

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

Chelsea Patterson 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, … Read More

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 More

Herbie Newell

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 More

Tony Merida

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 More