Creators and Guests

Dr. Rick Morton
Host
Dr. Rick Morton
Husband, father, Doc to Mia, pastor, author, & orphan advocate. Ph.D. (‘99) @NOBTS, Author @Orphanology & @KnowOrphans. Tweets & thoughts therein are my own.
Appears in 7 episodes
Herbie Newell
Host
Herbie Newell
Herbie Newell serves as the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services, holds an MBA in Accounting from Samford University and brings years of experience from his work as an independent auditor at WAKM Companies, LLC. Serving as Lifeline's Executive Director since 2003, Herbie has significantly expanded international outreach, obtained licensure in 17 states, and led the establishment of the foster care arm. A passionate advocate, he co-founded (un)adopted in 2009, focusing on equipping orphaned children with life skills for community transformation. Herbie, also the author of "Image Bearers: Shifting from Pro-birth to Pro-Life," emphasizes that being pro-life extends beyond opposing abortion, urging a broader ethic that includes fighting for racial equality and embracing every individual with the love of Christ. Herbie and his wife, Ashley, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and are the parents to three children.
Appears in 37 episodes
Alton Hardy
Guest
Alton Hardy
Alton Hardy serves as the pastor and founder of Urban Hope Community Church and an ordained teaching elder of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is also the Cofounder of Urban Hope Development in Fairfield, AL. Alton is a native of Selma, AL and resided in Louisville, KY and Grand Rapids, MI for many years before returning to Alabama. Alton’s educational background includes a degree from Alpena Community College, Reformed Bible College, Calvin Seminary and a Certificate of Completion from Antioch Leadership Training in Reformed Preaching. Alton is happily married to Sandra and they have five children. In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching sports. Alton is passionate about addressing the conditions facing urban communities.
Appears in 1 episode
Blake Wilson
Guest
Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson grew up in the Athens, GA area and joined Lifeline in July of 2013. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and a Master’s Degree in Discipleship from Liberty Theological Seminary. He has over 20 years of organizational leadership experience in the for profit, non-profit and the local church arena. In his first role at Lifeline, he served as the Kentucky State Director in Louisville, KY and then moved to Birmingham, AL to focus on internal operations in 2014. In his current role as the Senior Vice President of Operations, he leads internal operations, state offices, compliance and human resources. He thrives in seeing others succeed and supporting the Lifeline staff on the frontlines of ministry. Blake and his wife, Shae, met in high school and have three children.
Appears in 10 episodes
Bucky Rogers
Guest
Bucky Rogers
My name is Bucky Rogers. I’m originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and now reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I’ve been on staff since March 2022 as the (un)adopted Regional Coordinator for Africa and Eurasia. After studying Accounting at the University of Tennessee, I went on to complete my masters degree in Christian Education from Southern Seminary. My wife, Julie, and I have 5 children: Sasha, Innocent, Xan, Brennan, and Becca. They are our joy and we pray they will be powerful tools for the Gospel in our Lord’s hands as they grow and mature.
Appears in 1 episode
Jeremy Simpson
Guest
Jeremy Simpson
Jeremy joined Lifeline in September of 2019. He has a BS in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University and Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeremy enjoys laughing and going on adventures with his wife and daughters. He enjoys backpacking, woodworking, traveling and exploring new cultures, drinking chai tea, and talking to people about life and Christ. Jeremy’s 3 simple joys are good conversation, the smell of the air in a forest, and learning.
Appears in 1 episode
Nate Bruns
Guest
Nate Bruns
Nate Bruns serves as the Missouri State Director of Lifeline Children’s Services. Nate desires to grow Lifeline’s partnership with the local church to serve families with the love of Christ, so that they can experience gospel transformation. Nate has served Countryside Christian Church for the last 10 years as Lead Pastor, and continues to do so in a dual role, while also serving with Lifeline.
Appears in 1 episode
Pastor Chris Johnson
Guest
Pastor Chris Johnson
Chris joined Lifeline in March, 2020, and serves as the VP of Church Partnerships and Government Affairs. He previously served as a pastor for 24 years and as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. Chris has also served as a consultant and has been a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences, churches, and community gatherings, sharing his family’s story and challenging others to answer the gospel call to care for vulnerable children and families. He was born and raised in metro Atlanta, GA, and currently lives in Birmingham. Chris studied Church Ministries (B.A.) at Trinity Baptist College and Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) at Regent University. He and his amazing wife, Alicia, have 10 children (7 adopted from foster care) and 3 grandchildren (2 adopted from foster care). They have also served as foster parents to more than 40 children.
Appears in 10 episodes