Hope at Home 2013 Speakers Bios

Conference Objectives:

“Understand Parenting that Enables Your Adopted Child to Succeed and Empowers You to Live as a Beloved Son or Daughter of Your Father in Heaven.”
“Become a More Effective Instrument of Healing for Your Adopted Child.”
“Renew Hope for Meeting the Varied Needs within the Adoptive Family.”
“If You Are Looking To Adopt, Find Out What it Takes to Make it Work.”

Hope at Home – 2013 will be a time of refreshing as we encounter the Father’s heart towards adoptive families. It is going beyond a traditional conference to equip and restore parents
as they face the exciting and often challenging role of partnering with God to transform orphans into Sons and Daughters.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Receive renewed strength for your parenting ministry
  • Be equipped with new practical skills and insights
  • Learn how to access God’s resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
  • Enjoy the powerful prayer ministry offered throughout the event
  • Be encouraged by sharing experiences with other adoptive parents
  • Make authentic connections with others who share your commitment to children
  • Hear from parents who have adopted and who “get it.”

Brian and Susan  Hillis

Susan Hillis

During her married life she has worn many hats, including stay-at-home mom, graduate student, missionary, government official, nurse scientist, and university professor. She has experienced infertility, caring for a son with a fatal heart condition, loss of her son through a fatal biking accident, and 8 international adoptions of older children from Russian orphanages. She, her husband, and their 10 children lost their home in the 2009 Atlanta floods, which were declared a presidential disaster. Her experience suggests that God's goodness is bigger than all the storms of life.

Dr. Hillis has been a believer for 38 years, married to a godly servant for 36, a mother for 27 a US government federal official for 20, and a university professor for 10 years. It is her deep joy and privilege to have received untold personal blessings from the living God. She has worked and ministered in countries in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe. She participates widely as an invited speaker at scientific medical journals and is considered one of the leading infectious diseases experts on the HIV risk among vulnerable youth around the world. Dr. Hillis is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Service Medal as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Brian Hillis

Brian is a father of 11 kids, 8 adopted from Russia at older ages.  By training he is both an educator and a CPA.  During the first 15 years of marriage, he worked outside the home as a missionary in Latin America, an educator, and a CPA.  During the next 20 years, his work was primarily in the home, serving God by loving his wife and all those children.

Stephen and Beth Templeton

Beth Templeton

Beth has been married to her husband, Stephen, for 26 years. They have seven children, aging from 17 to 23. Several years after giving birth to three girls, God called their family into the adventure and blessing of adoption. In 2000, they brought home a brother and sister from Russia, ages 5 and 10. Then they returned to the same orphanage 18 months later and brought home two more brothers, ages 7 and 10. Currently, three of their children are in college and four are in high school.
Stephen and Beth serve as leaders in their local church. Beth leads a ministry to mothers; and both have a passion for communicating the joy, peace, and victory available to us as parents.

Stephen Templeton

Stephen is the father of seven children, ages 17 to 23. Eleven years ago, after having had three biological children, the Lord called him and his wife Beth to adopt four children from Russia. He is an elder and worship leader at Northlands church. He is also a physician and practices dermatopathology in Atlanta.

Greg and Michelle Haswell

Greg Haswell

Greg has been in ministry alongside his wife Michelle for 25 years. Twelve years ago God called them from South Africa to start a church in Atlanta. He is a Bible teacher and church planter who builds into churches and church leaderships around the world. Greg and Michelle currently live in Atlanta, GA where Greg is the pastor of Northlands Church.

Michelle Haswell

Michelle has been married to Greg for 25 years. They have one married daughter, Nicole. Michelle has spent a number of years in education as an elementary school teacher and as head of faculty. She enjoys ministry to women, prophetic ministry, and seeing lives restored to wholeness. Michelle travels with her husband Greg, ministering with him in churches around the world. 

Scott and Jenni Means
Jenni Means

Jenni has been leading in children's ministry for over 25 years and is currently on staff at Northlands Church. With a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and many years of teaching in both public and private Christian schools, Jenni is highly qualified to speak to parents. She has come alongside many adopted children and their families as through her ministry. Jenni has partnered with No More Crumbs Ministries in training children, youth and adults in Georgia, Holland, Ukraine, UK and Malaysia. She has been married to Scott for 30 years; they have three daughters.

Scott Means

Scott runs a popular marriage blog called Journey to Surrender. He is passionate about renewing and strengthening marriages in the church through the exploration of biblical marriage principles.  He sums up his blog with the phrase: "Marriage was God's idea, so let's do it His way!" Scott is also one of the worship leaders at Northlands Church in Atlanta. He and his wife, Jenni, have been married for 29 years and have three wonderful daughters. Their ministry to adoptive families has touched many lives for eternity. They are ones God has called to come alongside, and they have done that well, and have learned much about the needs that arise from loving adopted children.

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