About Us

At the heart of Serving Orphans Worldwide is the belief that every child has the right to define their own possibilities.

"Fifteen years ago, it was a very terrible point. We had a completely destroyed building without windows or doors. I had debt and very often no food. It was finished..."

Our Story

The Church has always been involved in orphan care. Many organizations focused on building orphanages during the past thirty years. However, with the economic downturn of 2009, many homes struggled to survive as ongoing support declined rapidly.

That’s the crisis that sparked the beginning of Serving Orphans Worldwide in 2010. We realized that while we may not be able to bring every orphan into our homes, we can work diligently to better the homes where so many orphaned children are found today.

"Fifteen years ago, it was a very terrible point. We had a completely destroyed building without windows or doors. I had debt and very often no food. It was finished..."

53 orphanages. 27 countries. 5 continents. 1 goal.

Although they're part of diverse cultures and different contexts, all of our homes have one thing in common. They each strive to transform the lives of children with the love of Christ. Our aim is that the children of our homes will become committed Christians who take responsibility for their lives, their communities, and their world.

The power of possibility in the hands of every orphaned child..

Rescue. Train. Sustain.

Although family is the ideal solution to the orphan crisis, we understand that it's not an immediate option for most children globally. That's why we believe our place in the ever-evolving landscape of orphan care is to support orphanages and children's homes. We do whatever it takes to rescue struggling homes from failure or destitution, because we know failure isn't an option when the lives of children rest in your hands. We come alongside partner homes with training opportunities to raise their standards of care, because we believe every child has a right to a safe and nurturing childhood. And we provide the means for our orphanages to pursue self-sustainability, because we want more for them than mere survival.

The power of possibility in the hands of every orphaned child..

Every penny you give goes directly toward orphan care all over the world.

We stand by what we call a 100% Approach. The money you donate will never be spent on SOW’s administrative costs. Through the generous support of our Board, everything from paper clips to staff salaries is totally covered. We even pay the credit card fees when you donate online.

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Core values & beliefs
Compassion. Grace. Integrity. Excellence. Family.

Serving Orphans Worldwide believes the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe in salvation, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual unity of believers.

Our Approach

We travel the world to find inspiring ministries that care for orphans and vulnerable children, then we give them what they need to keep their doors open and better the lives of the children they serve. Our goal is to meet children where they are and make sure they are provided the loving care they deserve.

Learn more about our Approach

Form 990's
Audit Reports
Annual reports
501C3 Accredited
ECFA Accredited

Our Financials

Dr. John Gregory

Founder & President

Ken Anderson

Vice President of Operations

Reece Anderson

Development & Communications Director

Jenny Wallace

Assistant to COO & Office Manager

Brooklynn Owens

Bookkeeper & Assistant to the Office Manager

Susan Anderson

Development & Communications Coordinator

Jonny Moore

Project Manager for Asia

Pramod Bahadur Anderson

Field Photographer of India

Abbie Russell

SOW Intern

Our Board of Directors

Dr. John Gregory

Founder & President of Serving Orphans Worldwide

Ken Anderson

Vice President of Operations - SOW

Mrs. Sandy Forbis

Co-Owner of F&F Construction

Mr. Mike Forbis

Co-Owner of F&F Construction

Mrs. Susan K. Gregory Sorrell


Dr. Billy Kim

Chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea

Mr. Chris Hill

President of Lexus of Kingsport, TN

Mr. Glenn Wilcox, Sr.

Chairman of the Board of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. & Chairman of the Board of Tower Associates, Inc.

Mr. Timothy Burchfield

Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A, Johnson City, TN

Mr. Marc Eubanks

Club Manager of The Olde Farm Golf Club

Mrs. Erica Enders-Stevens

NHRA Pro Stock driver

Dr. Donald J. Wilton

Senior Pastor - First Baptist Spartanburg

Rocky Gill

Franchise Developer - Express Employment Professionals

Troy Mizell

President & CEO - Avkare

Dr. Douglas LeRoy

Secretary and past Church of God World Missions

Mr. Chad Sorrell

Investor & Entrepreneur at SHG, LLC

James Gregory - Attorney

SOW Advisory Board Member

Greg Tebeau - CPA

SOW Advisory Board Member

Bobby Griffin - Public Relations

SOW Advisory Board Member

Dr. Brinkley Goodson - Physician/Medical Advisor

SOW Advisory Board Member

Kate Harmon - Technical Advisor

SOW Advisory Board Member