Brandon and his wife Misty founded Connected Hearts Ministry together in late 2013. As they volunteered at various orphan care ministries, their eyes were opened to the millions of orphans around the world who desperately needed a family. In particular, they realized that orphans who are older, part of a sibling group, or who have a special need, are often overlooked for adoption. Through that experience God laid it on their hearts to pursue the adoption of a 7 year old girl from China with cerebral palsy. While they were going through the adoption process they were able to see first hand the struggle of trying to raise the funds necessary to bring their daughter home. In addition, while they were going through the adoption process, they met several people who told them that they would love to adopt; however, they could not afford it. They quickly found out that lack of funds is one of the main reasons people do not move forward with adoption. After much prayer and studying scripture, they were confident that God was calling them to start a ministry to provide funds to help families adopt the most vulnerable orphans around the world. What started as simply adoption funding has now grown into a variety of programs for children in the United States and around the world.
Brandon, his wife Misty and daughter Maya (now 13 years old!) all enjoy spending time together and traveling any chance they can get. Brandon is still trying to convince them that watching sports is a fun and exciting activity, although he has had little success in this area. He and his family live in the Southeast.
Co-Founder and CEO
After working in management in state government for most of his 29-year career, Mark is now pursing his passion of adoption and orphan care. After two biological boys, God awakened a heart for adoption in Mark and and his wife Molly, and they’ve adopted three kids from China, all with varying special needs. Mark loves to talk with adoptive families and hear their unique stories. He is excited to help families as they pursue their calling to adopt the most overlooked orphans.
In addition to talking adoption, in his spare time Mark enjoys the outdoors, coffee, cheering at his kids’ soccer games, and being a mediocre guitar player. He and his family live in the Pacific Northwest.