upcoming engagements


Fall 2016 (date TBA): Podcast interview with Ellen Stumbo at Disability Matters


Nothing currently scheduled. 

(I've turned down all requests so far for next year, as I'm creating margin in my life to focus more intentionally on my writing and my family. That doesn't mean I'll say no to everything, though, so feel free to reach out if you have something in mind. I'd love to talk it over, even if I can't say yes at this time.)


previous engagements


July 2016: Radio interview about trauma & church inclusion, Moody Radio Cleveland

May 2016: Christian Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) Summit, Orlando, FL

April 2016: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA

April 2016: A Church For Everyone, McAllen, TX

February 2016: Refresh Conference, Seattle, WA

January 2016: Evangelicals For Life, Washington, D.C.



November 2015: How to Be a Welcoming Church for Special Needs Foster & Adoptive Families webinar; Christian Alliance For Orphans, online

November 2015: Together For Adoption, Durham, NC

October 2015: Guest on the Adoption Perspectives Radio Show, online (listen here)

October 2015: LifeWay's Kids Ministry Conference, Nashville, TN

September 2015: Joni & Friends Irresistible Church Southeast Disability Ministry Summit, Charlotte, NC

May 2015: Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit, Nashville, TN

April 2015: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA

February 2015: Global Access Conference, Los Angeles, CA


2014 and earlier

May 2014: Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit, Chicago, IL

April 2013: Bifrost Arts' Cry of the Poor conference, Philadelphia, PA

September 2012: D6 Family Ministry conference,  Dallas, TX

April 2012: Accessibility Summit, McLean, VA


interested in having me speak at your event?

If you're interested in having me speak, click the contact me button. I'd love to talk about whatever you have in mind! At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of recent topics, but I'm happy to discuss something specific to your needs.

That said, I am intentionally slowing down my travel-intensive speaking commitments after criss-crossing the country with a dozen speaking engagements during the 2015-2016 conference season. Meanwhile, I'm ramping up my home-based yeses - like radio/podcast interviews and webinars - so that I can be more present with my family. I'm still traveling, just not as much as I have recently. I'm more inclined to say yes to travel if I am a main stage or keynote speaker rather than a workshop/breakout presenter (in other words, if the audience I'll be engaging is large enough to justify the time away from my family). 

I do get more requests than I can accommodate at this time, but I promise I will reply - even if the answer is no!


speaking topics from past events

Unhandicapped Community: The Five Stages of Disability Attitudes

Saying Yes to Inclusion: Stories of Disability-Welcoming Churches

Already Enough Already: How the Full Sufficiency of Christ Makes Us Fully Sufficient

Smelling of Smoke: When We Don't Leave Our Daniel 3 Furnace Unharmed

The Spiritual Act of Self Care (And Why It Isn't Selfish)

Unsanctioned Faith: Loving Those Who We Are Told to Condemn

No Shame: Parenting Kids with HIV & Other Stigmatized Conditions

But I Never Wanted to Be a Special Needs Mom! Living the Life You Never Imagined

Discussing Differences with Our Kids: Frank Conversations about Race, Disability, and More

Church After Sexual Assault: 10 Ways to Be a Safe Place for Survivors

Pro-Life, All Life: How the Bible Calls Us to Value Life at All Stages and of All Abilities

Disability and the Church Across the Lifespan: Affirming Humanity Across All Abilities and Ages

Post-Placement Church: Five Ways to Love Foster & Adoptive Families Well

Can We Do This? Myths & Truths of Special Needs Adoption & Foster Care 

Trauma 101: What Churches Need to Know to Love Well (can be KidMin focused or more general)

Inclusive Ministry 101: The Nuts & Bolts of Special Needs Ministry

Making Sense of Sensory Issues: Creating Sensory-Sensitive Sunday School Environments

Teaching ALL Learners: Modifications & Accommodations for Kids of All Abilities

Respite Care & More: Successful Outreach Events for Special Needs Families

Loving the Unique Design of Each Child: Thriving and Not Just Surviving as a Parent

Gaining, Training, & Retaining Volunteers (for Special Needs or Children's Ministry) 

Family Ministry in the World of Disability: Creatively Supporting Special Needs Families

What Does the Bible Say About Disability? (Hint: A Lot.)

and more, so please reach out if you're looking for something not listed here!