What others are saying
It is an honor to teach and speak at all different kinds of events around the country including church services, conferences, retreats, forums, organizational trainings, seminars, benefit dinners and other orphan care related gatherings. I take the trust given to me by event organizers very seriously and work hard to steward it well for the good of the people we are serving. As you prayerfully consider who you might have speak at your event I hope the feedback below can assist you in making your decision.
Dale Maples | The Forgotten Initiative | Eureka, CA
"As foster care advocates we have a tendency to overwhelm church communities. Jason’s gospel message shrinks the challenge and builds the narrative that “everyone can do something”. Jason was our keynote at our very first church collaborative event. The results from his presentation were everything we’d hoped for. Jason’s personal illustrations are real, moving, funny, honest and rich. Immediate feedback was filled with comments about attendees finding their place in the foster care community. The date for our 2nd annual event will be planned around Jason’s calendar!”
"Jason is a really helpful resource to the Church. He has a compelling story to share and both challenges and encourages with wisdom and vision. Jason’s theologically-rooted, gospel-centered curriculum has also helped countless individuals and families in our church think deeper and more seriously consider hosting or working with foster kids. Our church benefitted greatly from having him guest preach and also speak at an Orphan Care event we hosted where over 100 people committed to care for foster kids in a variety of ways."
Rebecca Ivey | Intake Coordinator, The Bair Foundation | Asheville, NC
"Jason helped us articulate the roadblocks we were facing. Our staff has a new energy and focus after our time together. Our time with him helped set a foundation for our office to begin moving forward and start forming strong partnerships in our community."
“Jason is a tremendous support to us at The Forgotten Initiative. He has provided invaluable council and strategy, inspired action and encouragement as a speaker to our team and has developed resources helping us equip the churches we partner with. Jason has become a friend and partner in ministry as we all seek to do the work Christ has called us to do!”
Jeff Jones | Area Vice President of Spiritual Development, Buckner International | Dallas, TX
"The church is the platform God uses to express His Gospel message to the least and the lost. Through Jason's presentation to our staff, we were reminded that our organization must embrace this truth in practical ways. We look forward to a deeper connection with churches. Thank you Jason for your insight and inspiration."
Nichole Tamburstuen | State Director, Arizona Baptist Children's Services | Phoenix, AZ
"Jason inspired our team to dig deeper in our call in foster care and helped us have a deeper understanding of God’s heart and mandate for orphan care. Our statewide team felt encouraged and passionate about our ministry after listening to him teach."
Mark Upton, President/CEO | Christian Family Care | Phoenix, AZ
"Jason has a heart for the church and a heart for strengthening families. Speaking from the perspective of a pastor and foster/adoptive parent his words are biblical, encouraging, and igniting."
Gary Combs, Senior Pastor | Wilson Community Church | Wilson, NC
“Jason not only inspired us, but he helped prepare us for a sustainable ministry for the cause of the orphan in which every member of our church could participate. He gave us both the “Why” and the “How” of orphan ministry, anchoring the ministry to the orphan in the gospel mandate and giving a practical strategy for activating every believer to action according to their giftedness. I highly recommend him to any church that wants to take their orphan care ministry from a silo ministry involving a few, to a saturated ministry engaging everyone."
Ryan Ross, Lead Pastor | The Parks Church, Melissa | Dallas, TX
"Jason's teaching drew the line between the work of Christ in our lives and Christ working through us in the lives of orphans more clearly than I have ever seen before. As a Pastor, it was extremely helpful to have a co-laborer come along side me to help lead our church into a deeper understanding of the Gospel and the reality of our calling to serve the orphan. Jason is a gift to the church and I commend him to anyone who desires to understand the application of the Gospel in the context of orphan care more fully."
Windy Hancock, Orphan Care Ministry Leader | Bethel Church | Richland, WA
"Jason preaches a message that is entirely gospel centered and it communicates orphan care clearly. He cast an achievable vision for our entire church with concepts and ideas that will stick with us for years to come."
"Jason has been instrumental in helping us approach the topic of orphan-care and adoption as a community. His lead to care for the fatherless in a holistic and Gospel-Centered way has been foundational here. He powerfully teaches the importance of first understanding our own stories of adoption into God's family and then echoing God's heart for the fatherless and orphaned. We are very grateful for his heart and leadership!"
Michelle Douglas, Program Director | The CALL in Arkansas | Little Rock, AR
"The CALL had the great pleasure of having Jason serve as the keynote for our annual Summit in October of 2014. His words inspired and encouraged our volunteers to serve and engage churches to care for children in foster care. Here are just a few of the things our volunteers had to say about Jason: 'Awesome! Best I’ve ever heard!', 'Very passionate!', 'I have never heard a more well-spoken advocate.', 'Very well informed and shared from the heart!'"
"Jason’s passion for foster care and his experience as a pastor enabled him to share a powerful message to our congregation that was both uplifting and convicting. The message resulted in many families understanding that, as a result of what God has done for us, we are to demonstrate His Gospel by caring for widows and orphans."
Trevor Macduff, Founding Board Member | Heart for the Fatherless | Richland, WA
"It was amazing having Jason come speak at The ONE Conference. He so eloquently, yet simply, articulated not just the need or methods of orphan care, but drew everything back to the gospel."
"We kicked off our Orphan Care Ministry by having Jason speak to our church about orphan care & how God calls each of us to participate at some level in caring for orphans. Jason spoke to us about the gospel & his heart for orphans. There was not a dry eye in the chapel. He spoke to the hearts of our church members & lead many to follow the gospel in caring for the marginalized. I can not wait to have Jason back this year to speak again."
Scott Lehr, Lead Pastor | Southbridge Fellowship Church | Raleigh, NC
"Jason helped our church see how the gospel is an adoption story."