Our Staff at Lifeline is comprised of passionate and experienced Ministry Leaders and Professionals who desire to share their knowledge and expertise with you, your church staff, other network professionals, etc. Below is a picture and brief bio for Staff that you may wish to invite to share with your congregation on the needs of, and ministry to, orphaned and vulnerable children. In addition, you will find several professionals who are available for specialized trainings relating to: caring for children from hard places, wrapping around families who are adopting or fostering, and a host of other trainings focused on attachment and/or medical special needs.

Herbie Newell
Executive Director

Herbie’s passion for the gospel is the driving force for his leadership at Lifeline to reach orphaned and vulnerable children with the light of eternal hope. He is a regular speaker for the National Council for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Together for Adoption and Care-Net. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are parents to son, Caleb, and daughters Adelynn and Emily.

Rick Morton
VP of Engagement

At Lifeline, Rick shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of the recently released KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology.

Blake Wilson
VP of Operations

In his current role, Blake focuses on internal operations as he works closely with our Executive Team, State Offices as well as the Human Resources Department. Blake and his wife Shae have three children through the miracle of adoption.

Blake Rogers
GA Director

Blake joined the Lifeline team in June of 2017. Originally from Milan, Georgia, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College and then an Advanced Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Blake has seven adopted siblings from China and is personally passionate about seeing the local church take ownership of its mission of caring for orphans. He and his wife, Abbie, have one son, Canon.

David Wooten
Florida Director

David joined the Lifeline staff in September of 2012 having admired the work of this ministry for years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Bible/Theology from Crichton College in Memphis, his hometown. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor with twenty-four years of experience as a pastor.

Matt Laughlin
Director, (un)adopted

Matt’s heartbeat in ministry is empowering indigenous believers to spread the Gospel in their communities, bringing about transformation of lives and families. Matt and his wife Kadie have been married since 2001 and they have four children, Everett, Reid, Rylie and Knox.

Josh Caldwell
International Director

Josh has served on staff at two churches in the Birmingham area and one Christian School, working with children, youth and families for the past 10 years. His passion is to live out James 1:27 on a daily basis and help others find ways they can do the same.

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