Who is KAFCAM?
Knox area foster care and adoption ministries (Kafcam) is a regional alliance composed of local churches, agencies, ministries, and community advocates to encourage, equip, and connect to serve foster and adoptive children and families in the Knoxville area as well as advocate for family preservation when possible.

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Volunteer Leadership Team

Kristin Miller  |  Team Leader
Bio

Kristin has 2 adopted  girls from Ghana and two biological sons with her husband, Jeremy. She also has 3 adopted siblings from Guatemala. She works part time as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Trinity Medical Associates. Kristin serves as the lead of the “Chosen Children” Adoption ministry at Fellowship Church. She is so excited to see the Lord flesh out a dream He gave her in KAFCAM each day.
 Zerita Brockman |  Secretary/ Conference Coordinator
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Zerita and her husband, Brian, have been married for eleven years and have adopted two children domestically. Their son Zebedee is five, and daughter, Zoe, is three. Both adoptions are open and include sharing photos, texts, phone calls, and visits multiple times a year with each birth mom.  Zerita taught for Knox County Schools for seventeen years and currently tutors elementary and middle schools students. She serves on the Compassion Planning Team and as a team leader in the Children’s Ministry at her church. 

Chante Hensley  |  Partnership Coordinator
Bio
I have been working with Bethany Christian Services since September 2014. I come from a background of foster care and adoption, where I worked for the past eight years. I received my Masters in Social Work from Boston University and my undergraduate degree from Maryville College. I grew up living across the United States and overseas as my parents are missionaries. I lived in Moscow, Russia for seven years as a child and speak Russian. I enjoy being involved in my work with foster and adoptive families. I help run a small non-profit, Fostering Hope TN, that provides backpacks and suitcases to youth in care, teach foster parenting classes, am the lead for Fellowship church on the foster care team, and am a board member of KAFCAM. I am a foster and adoptive parent as well. My husband and I have adopted three children from foster care and currently have two children whom we foster. We are very blessed to have such a large family and I enjoy working to support adoptive families.
Julie Gillen – Treasurer
Bio
I am blessed to have been married to my best friend since 1998, and we have four children. Our two oldest were adopted via international adoption, and our two youngest via foster care. We also run a local ministry which provides foster and adoptive families with clothes and baby items. Adoption and foster care are very close to our hearts, and we are burdened and pray for more families to rise up to care for the fatherless.

Tomma Battle  |
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Matthew Parsons  |  Communications
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Matthew Parsons was born to a 15 year old girl who got pregnant by her 18 year old boyfriend, from the moment of conception, the choices of a pregnant teen were relevant to Matthew’s life. Through a series of miracles, Matthew was given up for adoption in 1976 and was adopted by an amazing family that loved him, cared for him, and supported him his entire life. But, the story doesn’t stop there. Matthew married his beautiful wife who and together they had three kids. They then became foster parents and adopted two more. Then, seven years after having a vasectomy Matthew and his wife find out they were pregnant! Then, a year later they adopted again. In case you lost count, as even he sometimes does, that’s 7 kids! Each one of them with their own amazing story of love, redemption, and opportunity through adoption.

Matthew received his bachelor’s in Youth Studies and served over 5 years in churches and another 6 years with Hope Resource Center. He also developed his graphic design, website development, and video production skills during this time which led him to a marketing career. Today, Matthew is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams and uses his marketing and ministry background to help clients buy and sell homes and property.

Dave Resseguie
Bio

David has been married to his wife Haley since 2005 and they have four children. Their two youngest were adopted through the foster care system and David is honored to serve with KAFCAM to encourage and equip other foster and adoptive parents in the Knoxville area. David and his family attend Northstar church where he and his wife serve on the multimedia team and in the children’s ministry. David holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Tennessee and works for PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Emerging Technology Director. In what little time is left after family, work, and ministry activities, David enjoys reading, drone racing, and building robots.

Courtney Little  |  Event Calendar
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Courtney is currently in the domestic adoption process with her husband, Andy, who was adopted at birth. She works as a part time elementary school secretary for Knox County. Her love for adoption, foster care, and family preservation began when she started volunteering with an orphan care non-profit called Show Hope as teenager. She and Andy currently serve at their church, Sevier Heights, in the adoption/foster care ministry and also in the youth ministry. She is a firm believer that not everyone is called to adopt or foster, but everyone is called to be a part of caring for vulnerable children and their families.

Sherry Sewell  |  DCS Liasion
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Sherry Denise Sewell, born in Knoxville, Tn.  Mother of three adult children and seven grandchildren. Member of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Inc., Born again Christian and servant of Jesus Christ. Department of Children Services Worker for the past 24 years. Hobbies include reading the Bible and other Biblical material, serving as a deaconess, serving as a Sunday School, serving as a church choir member, serving as a church van driver, serving annually in the Mission of Hope Ministry in the Appalachian area, walking, swimming, serving in a monthly feeding and nursing home ministry and spending quality time with my grandchildren who are the joy of my life. 

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Melanie Cahill  |  Community Connection Coordinator
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I am looking forward to 28 years as wife to Bill. We are parents to four boys, three in college and one graduated and working in DC. I currently work part time as a cognitive stimulation specialist with a local care management company. The idea of adoption has long been a part of my family story; both of my sisters chose adoption when they became pregnant as teenagers. My oldest sister, unable to have any additional biological children, adopted my two nephews domestically as infants. Bill and I, along with a dedicated group, help run the Compassion Team for Cornerstone Church of Knoxville. It is through this experience that we have become increasingly aware of the plight of orphans world-wide. We were privileged to be a part of organizing several orphan care seminars at our church and watch as a growing number of families within the church sought to adopt and become foster parents. Yet it was a trip in May of 2014, to Ghana with Feeding the Orphans to see their work with orphans that was truly life changing. I am grateful for the opportunity to come along side families with hearts to foster and adopt.

Wes & Brandie Brown  |  Leadership team member and event Calendar
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Brandie has been married to her high school sweetheart, Wes, for 13 years. Their passion for adoption and orphan care is actually what initially drew them together as they both had spent several years working and serving in orphanages in places such as the Ukraine, Siberia, and Uganda.  Although they were born and raised in Maine, they have proudly called South Knoxville home for 7 years. They have 2 biological sons, Emerson and Owen, and 1 daughter, Mary Alex, who was adopted from Malawi in 2013. Brandie spends her days homeschooling her kiddos and being an active part of their homeschool co-op, Classical Conversations. As adoption and orphan care continues to be a big passion of Brandies and her family, they are prayerfully seeking out ways to be more involved in the local and international (Malawi) adoption/foster care community. 

Chyrstal McDill |  Event Calendar
Bio

Chrystal relocated to Knoxville, TN from Panama City Beach, Florida in September of 2017. She joined the staff at Fellowship Church at the beginning of 2018 and is excited for the opportunities to work alongside KAFCAM through that role. Chrystal finds joy in building community and looks forward to opportunities to serve foster and adoptive families in the Knoxville area. In her free time, Chrystal enjoys trying new recipes, getting a workout in, and quality time with friends (usually with a cup of coffee in hand). Chrystal leads a high school girls life group at Fellowship Church and helps with the events calendar at KAFCAM.