Conversation with Lisa Qualls and Melissa Corkum

  • Today, we will be talking with Lisa Qualls and Melissa Corkum, authors of their new book called Reclaimed Compassion: The Adoptive Parent's Guide to Overcoming Blocked Care with Neuroscience and Faith. They discuss that and their work in the adoption and foster care community. 
  • Lisa Qualls is the author of The Connected Parent (with Dr. Karyn Purvis), a TBRI Practitioner and a Christian spiritual director. As a birth mom and adoptive mom, she writes and speaks with wisdom about the challenges and beauty of adoption. Lisa and her husband Russ live in Idaho and have twelve children and two granddaughters. 
  • As an adoptee and adoptive mom, Melissa Corkum provides insight and resources to adoptees and their parents through her writing, coaching, and speaking. She is a Safe and Sound Protocol Practitioner and Certified Enneagram Coach. Melissa and her husband, Patrick, live in Maryland and have six kids and two grandchildren. 
  • Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.
  • Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children's Services.
  • Mission Kid is a free resource for churches or families to perfectly complement your camp, Backyard Bible Club, VBS, or other ministry program for children. 
  • New for this year is Mission Kid India! We will journey to India and explore how God is working through our partners to share eternal hope through practical care and the gospel.  
  • Lifeline’s curriculum includes lesson materials such as daily videos, teaching guides, and promotional materials like printable flyers and graphics to use on social media.  
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  • The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 
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Creators and Guests

Herbie Newell
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.
Rick Morton
Rick Morton
As Senior Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton 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. Prior to Lifeline, Rick served for 15 years as a college and seminary professor, and he also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 32 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. God has continued to grow their family, and he now enjoys the role of “Doc” to his precious granddaughter!