Foster Movement Podcast: Alex

February 20, 2018

When Alex Lyons entered foster care at 8-years-old he was placed with a Presbyterian choir director named Helen who was in her late 50s or early 60s.  Alex loved it there.  Helen was everything you’d ever want a foster parent to be.   

Alex was only in Helen’s home for about 18 months.  But her impact on him during that time was profound.  Alex is now married, has kids and is on staff at a church.  He shared, “Though I was only with her for about 18 months, she made an impact on me. I view motherhood really through her lens. She sung songs to me that I now sing to my daughter and my unborn child.”

Many people have the desire to help kids and families in foster care in various ways but wonder if they really have enough to offer to make a significant difference.  So many of us feel limited by time and space and resources.  This episode explores the impact that each of us can make even amidst these limitations.

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"Look, you may have a kid in your house for a short amount of time and then they may be gone, and that may break your heart, but at least your heart is broken because you chose to love that child, and that impact of the time that you spent with that child will be able to carry on for who knows how long, heaven knows how long. Maybe you don’t, and maybe that’s not the point, but know that you will be making an impact on that kid." - Alex Lyons

Meet Our Guests


Alex is a lot of things. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father, native Chicagoan, Telly-award winning documentary filmmaker, church communications staff member, international missionary, speaker, entrepreneur, soft pretzel connoisseur, old school 8-bit gamer, foster care alumnus, and orphan care advocate. Currently, Alex is the Video Production Director of Brentwood Baptist Church overseeing all video content produced across their six campuses.


Chelsea grew up in Aurora, Colorado (and she’s pretty proud of that). She learned about foster care at an early age when she gained three siblings from foster care and adoption. Throughout college, she worked with a center for vulnerable children in Swaziland, and saw how important a family and support network is in the life of a child. She graduated from Nyack College in New York with a degree in English, and then moved to Washington, DC to continue her work with The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative on their LRA Crisis Tracker, a map and database that tracked and analyzed the movements and child abductions of a rebel army in Central Africa. She then moved on to launch DC127 in 2013 where she serves as Executive Director.