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Speaker... Author... Teacher... Maker of Home


Lorie is a speaker, writer and busy homeschooling mother of seven children, including twins and two children who were internationally adopted - one from Haiti and one from Liberia. She and her husband are also currently in the process of adopting another orphaned child from Africa.

Lorie’s first book, A Cup of Cold Water Given in His Name, is to be released with Discovery House Publishers in spring 2012.

Although her background is in elementary education, Lorie enjoys free-lance writing and is a speaker at Christian Retreats and Women’s Ministry Events. She is a contributor to the online mission magazine,, where her article, I’m Done Playing Church, has become the E-zine’s most read article. Lorie has been a guest on Moody Broadcasting Network’s Midday Live Connection during their Women Making a Difference Series and her writing has been published in Hearts at Home, Truth Media's Power to Change, and Proverbs 31 Woman magazines.

Lorie has taught and ministered in Bible Studies for fifteen years. She is the founder of an orphan ministry which enables over 250 impoverished African orphans to receive regular food, clothing, and education through a partnership with Children's HopeChest. Lorie has also worked directly with various Christian ministries such as FamilyLife Today’s Hope For Orphans, Children’s HopeChest, Interfaith Hospitality, and Miracle Making Ministries. She currently leads groups of US speakers on international mission trips to teach and minister to women in impoverished nations.

Lorie, her husband Duane, and their seven children make their home in the mountains of North Carolina.


chocolate, and chocolate!, picnics, long walks, summer-time on the lake, bubble baths by candlelight, christmas at grandmother ward's, purple popcicles, decaf peppermint mocha with whipped cream and sprinkles, some of my favorite things... chocolate, fuzzy slippers, red roses, shopping trips with my daughters, warm caribbean sand between my toes, and laughing with my girlfriends until my gut hurts!