About Amy Fenton Lee
About Amy Fenton Lee:
Amy Fenton Lee is the Director of Special Needs Initiatives for Orange. Amy has written extensively on the subject of special needs inclusion in children’s ministry and student ministry environments. Amy’s writing has been published in dozens of in-print publications, journals, and websites. In 2012, Amy served as the Special Needs Columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine.
As an active children’s ministry volunteer and the daughter of a church senior pastor, Amy understands the unique subculture of the church. Amy has been a volunteer leader in virtually every type of children’s and preschool ministry environment, including Sunday morning small groups, Wednesday night programming, Vacation Bible School, and summer camp. Amy researches for her writing and speaking by interviewing secular professionals and experienced ministry leaders. Amy has also conducted interviews with more than 100 parents of children with special needs. Amy has presented workshops at a number of ministry conferences including:
The Orange Conference
The Orange Tour
The Illuminate Conference
Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference
Georgia Baptist Association of Christian Educators
Focus Children’s Ministry Leadership Conference
Southeastern Disability Expo -Exceptional Ed Events
The Children’s Pastors’ Conference
McLean Bible Church’s Accessibility Summit
Children’s Ministry Expo
Blown Away Conference (Canada)
Joni & Friends International Disability Center
Amy’s book, Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families (The reThink Group, 2013) is available through the Orange Store and Amazon.
Amy’s workshop, Surviving to Thriving: Successfully Including the Child with Special Needs (The reThink Group, 2012) is available for purchase as a volunteer training DVD through the Orange Store.
See The Premise of the Inclusive Church Blog for more on the background of this blog and the audience for which the content is developed. You can watch live interviews of Amy at the 2011 Orange Conference, 2012 Orange Conference, and 2013 Orange Conference.
In a previous life Amy was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young and has degrees in accounting from Baylor University and The University of Alabama. Currently, Amy lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia along with her husband and young son.