Brian K Smith
Brian and his wife have been married since 1994. They have five children, ages 19 to 6. They have lived in the Chattanooga area since 2000. The family loves to get outside as much as possible to enjoy God’s great creation. Brian has been in pastoral ministry for 26 years and has served churches in Georgia and Tennessee. Brian graduated from Carson-Newman University in 1993 with a double major in Religion and Psychology. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Becky Johns loves serving the Lord alongside her best friend and husband Zac, music minister at Stuart Heights Baptist church. In their spare time, they love spending time outdoors, dining out, listening to and making music, relaxing and traveling. They do not have children of their own yet, but they love helping in the children’s ministry. Becky leads the preschool children’s choir, coaches Upward basketball, and helps lead VBS each summer. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Carson-Newman University. She has been an accountant for 9 years and is currently accounting manager at the Hutton Company.
Julie is an energetic mother of four, including one internationally adopted blessing named Gracie. Managing six schedules and homeschooling her middle schooler keeps her busy, but she still makes time to play kickball with the neighborhood kids.
Julie’s alias is no joke. She worked as a weather forecaster across the Southeast. Her last stop was the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga where she earned her professional meteorology degree while working full time. Yet her greatest talent is not in front of a green screen but in front of an army of volunteers, working to recruit, organize and plan events. Julie brings the thunder when it comes to fundraising, especially when it involves her passion for adoption.
Julie’s abilities go beyond the news room with experience in non-profit, fundraising, real estate, and as a small business owner. But she will fast tell you her greatest accomplishment is being a mother. Traveling the road of special needs adoption has opened her eyes and heart to a child’s greatest need…the need of a forever family. She is looking forward to connecting with other families through Little Biscuit who share that same passion.
Alyssa Friese currently serves as the Marketing Director for Little Biscuit Adoption Fund, promoting our organization through various media, including radio, television and social media.
Alyssa has more than a decade of experience in the news business, most recently, as Weekend Anchor at NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga. Alyssa left the business in early 2018 to pursue a career in corporate communications, where she currently works as a contractor for Tennessee Valley Authority as an IT Technical Writer.
When Alyssa left the business, she always hoped she’d find something to dedicate her life outside of work to where she could use the talent God blessed her with to help others and make a difference. When the Arter family and her Pastor approached her about the opportunity, it was a no brainer and Alyssa knew she had to be a part of it.
While Alyssa and her husband, Stephen don’t have any kids just yet, both of their hearts are tied to adoption and love to hear stories of how adoption has changed the lives and hearts of families around them.
In her spare time, Alyssa loves spending time with Stephen exploring new places around Chattanooga and spending time with their car club showing their two Mustangs! They also love taking their two dogs, Bella & Bentley for walks and car rides.