These are the people who are helping change the world.
Board of Directors
Suzanne (President) and Jay Faske
Suzanne and Jay are the founders of Here I Am Orphan Ministries. They are the parents of three birth children, Jacob, Joshua and Gabriella. TThey have also adopted twenty-six children, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Andrew, Naomi, Abigail, Phoebe, Julia, Samuel, Hannah, Sarah, Nathaniel, Tabitha, Lydia, Joseph, Rachel, Olivia, Miriam Grace, Joy, Jonah, Sophia, Caleb, Bethany, Jayson, Cherish, Lillian, and Jonathan. Their adopted children are from India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Ethiopia, and the United States. The Faskes live in Burton, Texas and are members of Brenham’s First Baptist Church.
The Faskes first considered adoption after watching a documentary on orphanages in China. It was then that the Lord spoke to their hearts and both realized they had a desire to adopt. From that point on, adoption became a part of their lives. It is the Faske’s desire that every child know the love of a family and their Heavenly Father.
In 2002, after much prayer and discussion with Paul Pennington of Hope for Orphans, the Faskes accepted the challenge to start an orphan ministry in their current church and community. They began with forming Forever Families, an adoption support group. After the 2003 Kazakhstan summer program, the Faskes felt led to start a more comprehensive orphan ministry that served children through missions, adoption advocacy, and orphan care. It was then that Here I Am Orphan Ministries was established.
Samantha Crumrine (Vice President)
Samantha Crumrine and her family live in San Angelo, Texas. Samantha attends St. Luke United Methodist Church and is passionate about orphan ministry.
In December of 2005, Samantha met a child protective services caseworker for the first time in her life. That day, she learned that there were more than 200 children from her community who were currently living in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. After some research, she found that 80% of children who entered foster care in her city were being placed in homes outside of her entire region. That information changed her life forever.
Samantha founded the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas which helped find adoptive families for 109 children. Samantha's big dream is to build a children's village near San Angelo to offer a family, home and resources to children who enter the foster care system. Samantha and her husband adopted their oldest son through foster care in November of 2017.
Today, Samantha is attending the University of Texas at Arlington in pursuit of a Masters of Social Work with a concentration on Children and Families. She also serves her family as a stay at home mama - spending what feels like eternity cooking for four kiddos with extremely huge appetites, helping them with homework, driving them all over creation, and stealing all the sweet snuggles she can.
Cheri (Secretary) and Joe Baker
Joe and Cheri are the parents of two children, Christopher and Bronson. They have been house parents at Miracle Farm in Brenham for nearly two decades. They both have a desire that all children are given opportunities for success in life and that each child comes to know Jesus Christ as their savior. Joe was introduced to the importance of adoption early in life through his Dad’s career with Buckner Benevolences. Joe and Cheri are members of Brenham’s First Baptist Church.
Chelsea and David Sparks
Chelsea and David Sparks have 6 children and attend Woodland Oaks Church of Christ in The Woodlands, Texas. David grew up with his aunt and uncle after experiencing a tough childhood in a broken home, which forever shaped his worldview. After seeing children who had no parents as a little girl, Chelsea knew she would adopt one day. After adopting their first child from Ethiopia, Chelsea grew more and more determined to equip herself and her family on adoption issues. Since then, Chelsea and David have adopted three more children and had two biological children. They are passionate about orphan ministry because they know firsthand the unique challenges both children and forever families face after being united together. David works in Learning and Development at a major manufacturing company where he works to improve training activities and speak on leadership principles.
David and his wife, Kacy, are members of First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, where David also serves as a deacon. They have 3 girls – Adelaide, Rachel, and Lilly. David and his wife are both registered nurses, having worked in various areas including critical care and hospice, and both have a love of serving people. David recently traveled to Colombia and worked in the orphanages with his church and HIAOM. God touched his heart for this ministry after seeing the needs first hand. He enjoys telling of God and His ways, his family and friends, money management, and gadgets in his spare time. He is known to his friends as gadget man.
Jan Rhodes (Treasurer)
Jan and her husband Richard live in Cypress, Texas with their 3 children and attend Fairfield Baptist Church. Jan is a CPA and works part time for a CPA firm. The Rhodes started an Interior/Exterior painting company 3.5 years ago so she now works for that company as well. However, her job as Mom remains her favorite! Being a mom has been one of Jan’s greatest joys and blessings.
Jan and her family participated in the 2016 Journey of Hope China Hosting Program and hosted a wonderful 8-year-old boy. This special boy has changed her heart forever as she watched the world through his eyes and saw him experience worship in Jesus Christ for the first time. Jan participates in her church’s Families for the Fatherless ministry and has become an advocate for kids. She is committed to serving orphans through Here I Am Orphan Ministries and any other ways God calls her to say “Yes.”
Ashley lives in Montgomery, TX along with her husband, David, and their six children. God has given Ashley a heart for the fatherless, especially those that much of the world views as the "least of these"--children who are born with disabilities, deemed imperfect in the eyes of their society, and most vulnerable to the perils of this world. She is passionate about advocating, serving, and sharing about the beautiful reflections of God that each of these precious children embody. As John 9:3 tells us, she believes that the works of God are uniquely displayed in and through children such as these. Ashley first came to Here I Am Orphan Ministries for a pre-adoption Lighting the Way workshop in 2010. Since that time, HIAOM has played a significant role in the adoptions of their son, Alex, and daughter, Rose. She is now honored to serve alongside the amazing team at Here I Am Orphan Ministries.
Pam Mossbarger and her family live in Brenham, Texas. She, her husband Steve, and grandson, attend Brenham’s First Baptist Church. Pam works full time for Faith Mission as Client Services Director. She is passionate about orphan ministry because all children need to know that someone cares about them and that their voice is heard.
Brittany Burianek, Executive Director
Brittany’s professional background is in international development, and her first experience with orphan ministry was on a mission trip to Moldova in 2013. After visiting Moldova several times and seeing firsthand the effects of growing up without a family, she began praying about a career transition into orphan ministry and adoption advocacy. She loves serving children and families through Here I Am and her church home in Houston.
Kim Rike, Communications Specialist
Kim and her husband, Fred, are the parents of four daughters, two biological and two adopted from foster care. Through the friendship and spiritual mentoring of a fellow adoptive mom, the Lord began to call Kim to orphan care over 18 years ago. In 2011, Kim and Fred responded in faith to God’s call and became certified foster parents. Their family welcomed Briley and Emberlin as a “temporary” placement in December of 2011. In May of 2014, the Rikes adopted Briley and Emberlin into their forever family. Together with their now adult daughters, Allie and Jessie, the Rikes enjoy each new day of love and laughter with their “littles.” Kim, a former teacher, and Fred, a former college basketball coach, feel privileged to share the love of the Lord Jesus Christ with their family and community through life-on-life discipleship.