Our Team

Stacy and husband

Stacy Knox


Stacy serves as our Director of Spirit of Faith Adoptions, and joined the SOFA Team in 2007, at which time, Stacy was a single mom raising one daughter.

Ellie with her kids

Ellie Hartford

Adoption Support Specialist

Ellie serves adoptive families as our Adoption Support Specialist.  Her family grew through the blessing of open adoption in 2009 through Spirit of Faith Adoptions, and later joined the SOFA Staff.


Jennifer Mae Cothern

Adoption Assessor & Founder of Fireweed Retreat

Jennifer lovingly placed her first born child with an adoptive family, with the assistance of SOFA’s Founder, Phillip Wurster. Two years later, SOFA opened its doors, and Jennifer Mae now provides care and support for expectant parents and birth parents.


Kathryn Gorney

Adoption Supervisor

Kathryn supports adoptive families and our staff as our Adoption Supervisor. She has provided support to adoptive and foster families for 10 years, and has many foster/adopted siblings.

Barbara and husband

Barbara Hargenrader

Outreach Coordinator

Barbara is our Outreach Coordinator, and joined the SOFA Team, first as an adoptive mom in 2009. Barb and her husband Craig are parents to 5 children, one adopted through Spirit of Faith Adoptions, and three from foster care. 

Keith with his family

Keith Simpson


Keith serves on our SOFA team as Chaplain. He is the pastor at Holland Free Methodist Church. He has been married to Rachel since 2002, and they have six children, 3 of which entered their family through the blessing of adoption. Pastor Keith has degrees from the Moody Bible Institute and the University of Toledo.

Phillip and family

Phillip Wurster

Founder of SOFA & Chief Executive Director

Phillip had a vision to establish SOFA, a Christian adoption agency over twenty years ago. He now serves as the Chief Executive Director of SOFA as well as a member of its Board of Directors.  He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of five children, 2 biological and 3 adopted.

Emily and family

Emily Gallagher

Training Coordinator & Adoption Assessor

Emily Gallagher has worked in foster care & adoptions since 2006. Emily and her husband have four children, and two of them were adopted into their family.