Matt and his wife Kristen have been married 19 years and are no strangers to adoption. They live in Hixson, TN with 3 amazing daughters, including their youngest, Kinsley, who was adopted in 2014 after gaining custody at just 19 months old.Today, they are members of RiverChurch, where Matt serves as a worship leader. Matt has worked in Customer Service for over 11 years, most recently as Customer Service Manager at OrthoBanc and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Ministry Studies from Lee University.
“We have experienced firsthand the beautiful picture of the redemption of adoption, but also the very real challenges of overcoming the effects of past trauma. I’m amazed at the parallels of how we have been adopted by God and redeemed through the blood of Jesus, yet we all still struggle with our past, and truly accepting the unconditional love of God. I’m so honored to have the chance to support families that have the calling to adopt, and to walk alongside them through that journey.”
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.
J.B. is a native Chattanoogan. After practicing law at a local law firm for about twenty years, J.B. became one of our Circuit Court Judges in Chattanooga in 2014. In that role, J.B. has presided over and finalized scores of adoptions, inspiring a passion in adoption. J.B. is impressed by every adoption he has seen, but deeply impressed by the adoptions where a host of family, friends, and supporters gather for the adoption and ceremony, demonstrating that adoption can be like a pebble in water causing ripples far and wide, touching numerous lives now and in the future. Especially touching J.B. are those adoptions of children who would have had little, if any, chance at a decent future if not for the adoption.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV).