Meet The Team
Lauren received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology in 2004 and then a Master of Science in Social Work in 2006 from the University of Tennessee. Lauren grew up in the Powell area and has been a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee her whole life. She has worked at Bethany Christian Services for over 11 years and held positions in pregnancy counseling, adoption specialist, and church engagement. Currently, Lauren serves as the Executive Branch Director and oversees the operations of the East Tennessee programs.
Carrie considers it an honor to serve adoptive families, birth families, and children through our domestic adoption program. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, and spent many years working in the veterinary field before changing vocations. After earning a master’s degree in Counseling from Carson-Newman, Carrie came to Bethany in the hopes of adopting but ended up with a career instead. Carrie and her husband still hope to grow their family through adoption someday. Outside of work, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, their teenage son, infant daughter, and the family’s five dogs.
Safe Families for Children™ Coordinator
Janet completed her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee in Child and Family Studies and a certificate in Life Coaching from CRM Empowering Leaders. Her years as a teacher, athletic director, church planter in Spain, and adjunct professor of marriage and family at the University of Tennessee laid the foundation for her role with Safe Families for Children™ and mentoring young adults. Her passion is praying for young people to know the transforming power of the gospel, experience intimacy with God, and to hear His call on their lives. She enjoys working with both her volunteer host families and mentoring the biological families. Her favorite roles are being a mother of two adult children, a mother-in-law, and a wife.
Safe Families Case Worker
Cara received her Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She has prior experience in teaching and child development. Cara has been a host family for the Safe Families for Children program for five years, and has hosted over 30 children in her home. She became a staff member at Bethany in 2014, and is excited for the opportunity to minister to both host families and placing families. She is married with four children.
Office Manager and Adoption Specialist
Gracie Reynolds joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in global studies and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. Her experience includes internships with the Public Defender Office Juvenile Division, Catholic Charities Refugee Services, and ReachGlobal in Berlin, Germany. Gracie previously worked for a foster care agency in Kansas before moving back to Knoxville.
Julia B. Martin
Julia Martin joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as an adoption specialist. After years of helping women work through spiritual and psychological issues related to grief at a crisis pregnancy center, she received her master’s degree in clinical social work. She has experience as a therapist in a residential treatment setting, working with individuals and families, and as a psychiatric forensic social worker, helping clients with overwhelming legal, mental health, addiction, and social problems related to the breakdown in family and social structures.
Lynsey S. Stubbs
Lynsey Stubbs joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 2006 and her master's degree in organizational leadership in 2013. Lynsey has over ten years of experience working with children, youth and their families in foster care, education, and, most recently, with survivors of sexual exploitation and violence. Lynsey is married to her best friend and they parent their sweet, but stubborn dog.
International Adoption Specialist
Sarah Hoskins joined Bethany Christian Services in January of 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee. Her previous work experience includes an internship with Healthy Families at Helen Ross McNabb, abstinence education through Hope Resource Center, working with children in a preschool setting and most recently has been working in the foster care system licensing foster homes in Sarasota, Florida. She is extensively trained to work with children who have come from trauma. Sarah just recently moved back to the Knoxville area with her four children and husband Eric.
Amy Greene became a licensed foster mother at age 24. Watching her foster daughter be adopted into a wonderful Christian home solidified her love for foster care and adoption, which quickly turned into her career path. Amy earned her master’s degree in counseling. She and her husband have four children of their own. In her free time, Amy enjoys coffee, exercising, reading, and spending time with friends.
Kimberly W. James
Safe Families Coordinator
Kim James is currently pursuing her master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. She was adopted in 1991 and feels blessed to assist families and advocate for parents and children through their adoption journey. Kim fully believes that God has been preparing her for this role with Bethany ever since He became a pillar in her life. Kim’s previous position as education coordinator with the Children’s Advocacy Center allowed her to make lasting relationships with community partners and agencies. Kim resides in her hometown with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their two children.