Pastor Farrell Lemings- Grace Covenant Church
Pastor Farrell Lemings serves as the lead pastor at Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius. He has the heart of an encourager and is compelled to see individuals come to Christ, be discipled and then released into ministry. In addition to establishing ministry philosophy and casting vision for a church which reaches more than 3,000 individuals, his primary responsibilities include shepherding, preaching/teaching and leadership development.
The Father’s Heart, which is an adoption and foster care ministry created by Pastor Farrell, is founded on James 1:27: “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans…” (NLT). The mission of The Father’s Heart is to bring hope and help to children through foster care and adoption, and its purpose is to engage, educate and support those involved in its mission.
Pastor Farrell is an Arkansas native, who holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Life Bible College East, in Christiansburg, Virginia. He and his wife Sharlot have two children, Caleb and Grace.
Wayne St. John’s Photography
Mary and Wayne St. John adopted three beautiful children and own a photography company specializing in children’s portraits. So, it was an easy decision to help bring the Heart Gallery to Charlotte after reading about it years ago in a magazine. It breaks their hearts that so many children still do not have permanent homes, but they feel the portraits taken for the Heart Gallery of children awaiting adoption can help. Their children are, Savannah, now 15, and twin siblings Roman and Sierra, both 13.
Mary Jane Postiglione- Mosaic Adoption Ministry at Carmel Baptist Church
Mary Jane Postiglione is part of the leadership team of Mosaic Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry at Carmel Baptist Church located in Matthews, NC. Mary Jane has her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University and her BA in Communications from the University of Scranton. She has been married ten wonderful years to her husband Todd and they live in Wesley Chapel, NC.
She spends her time at home caring for her two five year old daughters, Harper Lily and Talia Mei that were both adopted from China's special needs program. In her free time she enjoys blogging, moderating Facebook adoption support groups and ministering to adoptive parents pre and post adoption.
She is grateful to be able to commit her life to caring for "The least of these" and is always seeking ways for the church to come alongside adoptive and foster families, as well as, the children stuck or left behind. Mary Jane's heart is heavy for children with significant medical and attachment needs. She advocates on a daily basis for harder to place children and she strongly believes every child deserves a home.
Reverend Glencie Rhedrick-First Baptist Church-West
Reverend Glencie Rhedrick, an Ordained Baptist Minister preaching the gospel wherever God leads her, is currently an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church-West where she leads the Bereavement and Youth Ministries and teaches an engaging weekly adult Bible class. In 2007, she received her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.
A community activist, Rev. Rhedrick is Past President of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization of approximately 100 houses of faith. She is an active member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. An advocate for children and youth also, Rev. Rhedrick is one of several FBCW representatives to “Congregations for Kids,” a community group focused on finding loving and supportive homes for children in our foster care system. She works tirelessly with young people in all aspects of their lives from advocating excellence in education, to eliminating bullying to reducing the outcomes of trauma for children in domestic violent homes and to safe and healthy living environments. Children gravitate to her because of her unconditional love and compassion.
Jennifer Davidson-Venture Church
Jennifer Davidson has been married for almost 15 years to Jonathan Davidson. They have 3 bio children (Chloe-13, Riley - 10, and Kendall -9) and adopted Joshua, who is now 10 also, in December 2013. Jennifer is passionate about helping find adoptive families for waiting children in NC. Jennifer help lead the adoption ministry at Venture Church. In addition, she has spoken at area churches and adoption events to advocate and educate people on the need for families to adopt older children in the North Carolina Foster Care System.
Bishop Martin-Bennett Chapel
For more than twenty years Bishop W. C Martin has served the community of Possum Trot, Texas as pastor of Bennett Chapel. In 1997, he and his wife Donna, adopted two children and began a miraculous adventure that has become one of the premier adoption stories in America.