We are very glad to have Loryn Smith as our main session speaker this year. Mary Beth Dragoun is also coming back this year as our worship leader. We will announce seminars as we get closer to Mosaic 2021!
Loryn Smith, M.S.W., is the Owner/CEO of Finally Home Christian Adoption Services, a private adoption agency in Hillsborough County. This role complements the thirty plus years experience Loryn has had in the child welfare system, working both professionally and personally to impact the lives of children in our area. Loryn has worked as a marriage and family counselor, has been a Director for both public and private foster care/adoption agencies, and directed the Training Program for an adoption support center. Loryn has been certified through Rutger’s University and NACAC as an Adoption Competent Trainer, and has been trained in the Trust Based Relational Intervention Method.
Loryn brings to her position a personal passion as she and her husband fostered for thirty years, twenty-one of those in the Suncoast Region. Loryn is the mother of twenty children, twelve of whom were adopted through the foster care system, one who was adopted privately, and two of whom were not formally adopted, but are considered permanent members of the family. Loryn is a frequent trainer in her community, bringing practical application of parenting skills for children impacted by abuse and neglect. She also provides Family Coaching Services, working directly with families to assist them in developing effective parenting strategies for challenging children.
Mary Beth grew up in Tennessee and sang regularly in church. She and her college California sweetheart, Jared, have been married over 17 years serving as worship leaders in the local church. Currently, she and Jared (with the support of their two dogs, Calvin and Izzy) are leaders of a small, home-based church in the North Hollywood Arts District. Her favorite type of ministry happens together around the dinner table, and she is passionate about seeing Christians live out their faith honestly and fervently over the everyday messiness of life. She enjoys supporting young mothers by helping raise their children with the mentality, “it-takes-a-village.” One of her favorite quotes (from Buddy the Elf): "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."