When people who are passionate about following God, worshipping Him, and have been transformed by following where He leads gather together, the result is nothing less than exciting.
Jedd Medefind, author, speaker and President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Jedd Medefind loves journeying life with his wife, Rachel. He relishes wrestling matches with his five children—Siena, Marin, Eden, Lincoln, and Phoebe. Most of all, he desires to reflect the heart of Jesus Christ in all of life.
President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans
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.
Check out her latest book, Start With Amen.
Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries
Kyle is married to Becky Zimmerle. They have lived in Central Asia for the past 26 years. They have 6 biological kids, 2 adopted children and 3 foster children. All of their adopted and fostered children have special needs. Kyle is a community leader, actively working with special needs children both in and out of the local orphanage, as well as their families. His team provides not only physical and occupational therapies to children, but also works to keep families together and to change the stigma that comes with special needs children.
Crosslink Development International in Central Asia
BECKY AND KYLE ZIMMERLE
Janet Kelly is married. She previously worked in the Gov. McDonell administration and now is the Director of Virginia's Kids Belong, which is a subset of America's Kids Belong.
Director of Virginia's Kids Belong
Jason and his wife, Emily, live in Texas with their four daughters and enjoy whatever it is they’re doing, as long as it’s together.
While serving on staff at CAFO, Jason is also the author of the newly released books, ReFraming Foster Care and Everyone Can Do Something as well as ALL IN Orphan Care and you can find him blogging regularly at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.
Pastor, Blogger, Director of Church Engagement for CAFO
Robert Day, is author of two books, Best of Mothers, Worst of Moms, and Desperately Healed. Radio host of Straight Talk, and CEO of Patrick Henry Family Services, Robert is a mover and shaker for orphan care across the state of Virginia. His vision for transforming foster care is the backbone of his ministry and work. Robert is married to Karen and has 4 children
CEO of Patrick Henry Family Services
Wes is the worship arts pastor at Fellowship Community Church. He is married to his wife, Lexi, and has one son. He is also a singer, songwriter with the group A Place Called Home. His passion and love for the King of Glory is evident in all he does.
Worship Pastor for Fellowship Community Church
Ray is married to his wife, Kelli, and has 6 children, with a seventh on the way. He is a retired teacher, founder of the Empty Chair Ministry, and executive director for 127 Place.
Ray has found his passion and calling in serving children and families who have been impacted by trauma. As a trauma-competent care instructor, Ray has travelled domestically and internationally to bring trauma informed education to teachers and families.