MEET OUR SPEAKERS

We are excited to announce our 2017 Speakers!  

  • Kristin Berry General Session/Seminar Speaker

    Kristin Berry is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother, and former foster parent.  She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the award-winning blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com, which has a global audience of more than 100,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the books The Adoptive Parent Toolbox and The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion along with Mike. Her most recent book is entitled Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey, which chronicles her and Mike’s journey in raising children from extreme trauma. They have been married for 17 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • Lisa Qualls General Session/Seminar Speaker

    Lisa is the mother of twelve by birth and adoption - six boys and six girls. She lives in north Idaho with her husband Russ and their youngest five (and sometimes more) children. They celebrated their 33rd anniversary by becoming foster parents.


    Lisa’s adoption journey has been marked by joy as well as challenges of trauma and attachment. She earnestly believes in the power of Jesus to heal children's broken hearts and wounded minds. Her life has also been marked by grief following the loss of her daughter, Kalkidan, who went to be with Jesus nearly three years ago.


    Lisa believes with all her heart that God is faithful, he is good, and her life is entirely in his hands. You can find her website, One Thankful Mom, at www.onethankfulmom.com


  • mary beth dragoun worship leader

    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

  • Sheila Earwood seminar Speaker

    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 24 years old and 2 adopted children ages 14 and 11. 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 10 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.



"God seldom calls us for an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of his sustaining grace" 
-John Piper