About Amy Fenton Lee
About Amy Fenton Lee:
Amy Fenton Lee is the Special Needs Consultant to Orange and is responsible for developing content and resources offered through The reThink Group. 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. While Amy teaches in “typical” children’s ministry settings, she is always prepared to include a child with special needs or learning differences.
Amy extends her ministry by equipping church leaders to successfully include children with various neurological and physical differences. Amy researches for her writing and speaking by interviewing secular professionals and experienced children’s ministry leaders. Amy has also conducted interviews with more than 100 parents of children with special needs. Some of her best insight has come from attending continuing education seminars for special education professionals as well as visiting special education classrooms and autism camp. Amy has presented workshops at a number of ministry conferences including:
Amy’s book, Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families (The reThink Group, 2013) will be released at The Orange Conference on Apri 24th, 2013 and available through the Orange Store.
Amy’s most popular teaching topic, Surviving to Thriving: Successfully Including the Child with Special Needs (The reThink Group, 2012) is available for purchase as a volunteer training DVD with downloads 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 see live interviews of Amy at the 2011 Orange Conference and the 2012 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.