About Miriam’s Promise

Founded in 1985 by the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide unplanned pregnancy counseling and parenting and adoption services.

Our History

What’s in a name?
For Miriam’s Promise,

From the very beginning, the pregnancy, parenting and adoption agency was inspired by the biblical story of Miriam, the sister of Moses. Found in Exodus 2:1-10, the passage tells the tale of a woman who hid her baby in a basket in the Nile, fearing for his life. At the time, the Pharaoh of Egypt feared that the growing population of Israelites in his country might side with Egypt’s enemies; he ordered that all baby boys delivered by the Hebrew midwives be killed.

But this woman made a plan for her son—the boy who would grow to become Moses, leader of his people. His sister Miriam watched from the banks, and when the Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the child and decided to adopt him, Miriam stepped up to offer the baby’s mother as a wet nurse.

The mother made a loving choice. The adoptive parent took him in. And the sister helped bridge the gap.

Today, Miriam’s Promise serves as that bridge. Originally intended to be a small satellite office of Holston United Methodist Home for Children of Greeneville, Tenn., we’ve grown to offer a great variety of services for children and families alike. Miriam’s Promise was established in 1985, and became an independent not-for-profit adoption agency in 2003.

Our Core Values

Along with our mission to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families, we look to these core values to guide all that we do.

Permanency for children

We know that to make healthy attachments, children must feel safe and cared for consistently.

Family nurturing

We take a holistic approach to the family unit and don’t focus on only one member of the adoption triad.

Respect for individuals and choices

It is not our job to force anyone to do anything they do not want to do. If an expectant parent chooses to make an adoption plan, we support them. If an expectant parent chooses to parent their child, we support them.


Our hope is to always assess the expressed needs of the community and then engage in ways that are helpful and hopeful.

Diversity, equity, &

Miriam’s Promise is committed to welcoming and affirming all voices and perspectives throughout our organization. All humans, regardless of color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or different abilities are valued. We know that only through diversity, equity, and inclusion will we reach our full potential.

Faith in God

It is through our faith that we, as an organization, can continue to enable our clients to create family situtations that are best for them.

Our team

Meet the Staff

J. Dietz Osborne, M.S.​

President & CEO

Dietz is originally from Little Rock, AR and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UA Little Rock and a Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Western Governors University.

Lee-Ann Higgins, LMSW

Director of Program Services

Lee-Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Tennessee.

Joanna Torres, M.A.

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Joanna Torres earned her Master’s degree in Human Behavior from National University in Costa Mesa, CA, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. 

Michael McGarvey

Mission & Program Coordinator

Michael McGarvey is a Nashville native and holds a B.S. in Religious Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. He is working on his Master of Science at Belmont University. 

Jackie Kutcher, LMSW

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Jackie holds a B.S.W. and an M.S.W. and is a certified TBRI practitioner. 

Charlsey Gibson, LMSW

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Charlsey is a native Nashvillian who earned her BSW from Belmont University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.   


Miriam’s Promise Stories

Our Board of Directors




Mr. Joe Bass, Communications Strategist, Pinnacle Financial




Mr. Johnny Peppers, Owner, PMI. Adjunct Prof. NSCC

 Incoming Chair:

Ms. Ferrol Thomas, DNP, RN Director of Workforce Strategies, Tennessee Hospital Association

President & CEO:

Mr. J. Dietz Osborne, M.S.


Mr. Fred Brown, Chaplain, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital


Directors continued

Mr. Will Ferrell, Certified Lay Servant, Calvary United Methodist Church

Dr. Helen Cavasin, OB/GYN: Hendersonville Obstetrics

Mr. Rick Fox, Principal/Owner, Fox Associates 

Ms. Elisabeth Garcia, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Sup. Feltz Therapy Services

Ms. Kasey Hamilton, Early Childhood Education Specialist, Tennessee Department of Education

Ms. Ann Rybka, Director, Atlas Insight LLC

Rev. Sarah McWhirt-Toler, Pastor of Community Life, Connell Memorial UMC

Mr. Jay Rogers,  Senior Clinical Imaging Systems Administrator, HCA Healthcare

Be Part of the Team

We are interested in highly motivated individuals with a heart for pregnancy counseling, parenting coaching, and adoption-related services. Since 1985, Miriam’s Promise has offered hope and healing to thousands of Middle Tennessee expectant parents, birth parents, children, and adoptive families coping with issues of grief, loss, and transition. If you are interested in being part of our team, please email Dietz Osborne. We currently do not have any postions open.

Miriam’s Promise is an equal opportunity employer, fully committed to ensuring equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, creed, gender, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or veteran status. Miriam’s Promise’s commitment to equal opportunity is reflected in our advertising, recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotions, transfers, training, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Support Our Mission

We rely on the generous support of volunteers and donors to make a difference