We are excited to bring you some amazing speakers this year and thrilled to have Mary Beth Dragoun back with us for the fourth year!
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.
Beth is the author of eight books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
Beth’s passion is working with orphans through Back2Back Ministries, an international Christian non-profit organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to being a voice for orphans. Her desire is to see lasting change in the lives of the orphans she serves. Beth serves alongside her husband, Todd, as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries.
Mary Beth grew up in Tennessee and sang regularly in church. She met and married her husband, Jared, over 14 years ago while receiving her degree in Communications at Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her love for singing and leading worship through music while serving at Cornerstone Church. Currently, she, Jared and their two dogs, Calvin and Izzy, are church-planters in North Hollywood, CA. She also joins her friend and business partner, Ali, in celebrating all kinds of motherhood through their company, Moss. www.jaredandmarybeth.com
Natalie proudly claims the title of World’s Okayest Mom as she raises six children with her high school sweetheart. In between laundry and carpool, she is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Guideposts, and The Today Show. Her posts and articles have also been syndicated through ForEveryMom.com and InternetCafeDevotions.com. Her book, "Okayest Mom: When God's Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family" was released in June of 2018.
Lisa is one of the founders of Mosaic. She and her husband, Todd, have been married 24 years and have 4 children. They live in Simi Valley where they have been foster parents for over 10 years. Both Todd and Lisa love to help people engage in the mission of orphan care. But, it is through their own story that they realized a need for aftercare. Lisa knows how difficult the journey of motherhood is and wants moms to know they are not alone. Through all the joy and sorrow that is the story of adoption, God is sovereign and the only One who can heal our kid’s minds, bodies and hearts.
Lisa considers it a privilege to support her husband, the lead pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, and drinks lots of caffeine for the necessary energy it takes to keep small humans alive.
Liz and her husband Erik have been married for 28 years. They have 9 children and two precious grandchildren (so far). Liz is passionate about foster care and is currently a peer partner educator (mentor) to families in Ventura County. Liz has a heart for people who are overlooked in society. She sees herself as broken and a mess, but due to Christ’s strength and guidance in her life, she is able to give herself to those that God puts in her path regardless of their history or present circumstances. While Liz isn’t a fan of coffee shops, she lives on caffeine during the day, as she loves on her family and those around her. She would be nothing without her Savior and desires to worship Him all the days of her life.
Todd grew up in Wyoming in a home committed to Christ, but it wasn’t until the spring of1993, while attending college at Montana State University, that he understood the greatest message ever, the Gospel, that changed his life forever. Around the same time, he met his wife Lisa, and together they began to develop a heart for students. Todd soon began to pastor Junior High, High School, and college students in Wyoming and California for over ten years and continues to love speaking to them.
In 2002, Todd believed it was time to attend seminary, so he enrolled at The Master’s Seminary. After visiting Cornerstone for a few weeks, Todd and Lisa recognized that this church had a heart similar to theirs for God and His mission. Just a few months later, Todd was asked to come on staff as the high school pastor. As he was finishing seminary, Todd was asked to shift roles on staff and served as the Executive Pastor. He did so for a few years, and when the founding pastor, Francis Chan, felt called to the San Francisco area, he was asked to become the Lead Pastor.
During their time at Cornerstone, Todd and Lisa began to develop a heart for orphan care. In 2005, they began to take foster kids into their home, and from that ministry they adopted four of those kids that they love and adore.
Todd’s heart for Cornerstone is that we would be a family of men and women who know God rightly, worship Him intimately, are transformed by Him fully, and are unleashed to join Him on His amazing mission.
Sheila and her husband, Terry, live in Simi Valley where Terry serves as the Family Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. The Earwoods have been married 28 years and have 1 biological daughter who is 25 years old and 2 adopted children ages 15 and 12. They are natives of Georgia where they were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years. They have been in Southern California the last 11 yrs.
Sheila describes herself as a simple woman who has, by God’s grace, been seeking to walk with God and live on mission with Him for the last 34 years. She loves her Lord and family, and has a passion for encouraging others in their walk with God, beginning in her own home. She says, "Life is always messy and I live with a heart of praise that HE is the Everpresent One in the midst of it with me". Sheila has an incredibly compassionate heart and her Christian walk is one characterized by a life of prayer.