About

Our Role

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Our Role

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Executive Team

Meet the team that makes Backyard Orphans happen on a daily basis.

Eric Porter

Eric Porter

Founder/President

Trisha Porter

Trisha Porter

Vice President

Airika Williams

Airika Williams

Program Director

Lynette Davidson

Lynette Davidson

Associate Director

Brett Bouck

Brett Bouck

Executive Assistant

Melissa Ingwerson

Melissa Ingwerson

Communications Coordinator

Support Team

Meet our support team who helps expand our reach, our abilities, and our impact. We are so grateful to have them a part of our team.

Bethany Johnson

Bethany Johnson

Content Coordinator

Kelly Weinberg

Kelly Weinberg

Hospitality Specialist

Jen Kinnamon

Jen Kinnamon

Trainer

Ken Kinnamon

Ken Kinnamon

Network and College Event Coordinator

Shauna Whidden

Shauna Whidden

Trainer

Yiema John

Yiema John

Communications Consultant

What People are saying

“Northplace started their Orphan Care Ministry over 4 years ago. Backyard Orphans has provided guidance, strategy consultation and encouragement every step of the way. They were the impetus to get us started!”

Crystal Liechty

“Backyard Orphans is one of the greatest resources in helping churches reach the hurting children in America. They are setting up ministries all around the country that will impact kids’ lives for eternity.”

Pastor Scott Wilson

“Backyard Orphans has helped us in our understanding of the need of children in the orphan care space. We have infused that both into our personal lives by taking in a girl who needed us, and into the ministry life of the church we pastor. We are honored to partner with this team to see every hurting child find a healing home!”

Pastor Josh Morgan

“We have worked with Eric and Trisha Porter for a few years now in the area of orphan care. Our own efforts, in this area of ministry, have been advanced because of our partnership with them. I am thrilled they are broadening their hearts and skills for global impact through Backyard Orphans.”

Dr. Bryan Jarrett

“Backyard Orphans is committed to seeing more families waiting for children than children waiting for families! They are a valuable resource to the local church when it comes to living out the mandate of James 1:27. We are all called to do something in orphan care and Backyard Orphans will help you discover and develop that something! If every church does a little, we can do a lot for children and families in need!”

Bishop Aaron Blake

“Backyard Orphans’ nailed the church training for our lead team. Six hours of staff and key volunteer time spent exactly right: equipping Peoples Church and Network for true religion.”

Pastor Chris Beard

Who we work with

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