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Aaron Watson Aaron Watson is the 22-year-old Director of Staff Development for TeenPact Leadership Schools. He was homeschooled throughout high school and recently graduated from Carson-Newman College with degrees in Political Science and Journalism. At Carson-Newman, Aaron served as Vice President of the student body as well as the National Champion debate team. He now speaks to teens across the country about impacting their culture for Christ while also serving TeenPact full time.
Amanda Bennett Amanda Bennett is a wife, mother, homeschooling parent, and author of numerous books for homeschooling families. Holding a degree in engineering from the University of Florida, Amanda worked in engineering and professional research before turning home to raise and educate their three children. As a home educator, she was motivated to develop a more effective means of learning for children and a more interesting method of teaching for parents, which resulted in the creation of two series of unit studies. Her Unit Study Adventures and the And What About... unit studies series have become extremely popular with homeschool families from coast to coast. She continues to develop tools that help homeschooling families, and is once again traveling around the country to speak, sharing ideas and encouragement.
Andrew Pudewa Andrew is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin are parents of seven, grandparents of five, and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.
Barry Stebbing Barry Stebbing and his wife have personally instructed over 50,000 homeschoolers in 3 day art classes throughout North America in the past ten years. He also has over 15 art texts specifically created for the homeschooling family. His belief is that God has given everyone a certain level of ability in the fine arts and that it should be nurtured with discipline and a good attitude.
Becky Cooke Becky Cooke and her husband Jim homeschooled their three children from kindergarten until college using an eclectic assortment of teaching resources. After sending her children off to university, Becky helped develop HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School program, including its high school website. She brings a wealth of experience and friendly advice to share with families who are navigating these challenging, yet exciting years. She ministers to families as she speaks at homeschool meetings and conferences. She co-authors articles on high school topics as well as brochures and a monthly high school email newsletter which reach homeschooling families nationwide. In addition, Becky provides personal consultation and a listening ear to HSLDA members with homeschool questions and concerns, along with information and direction on college admission and testing.
Betsy Ray Betsy Ray is a warm, compassionate, and fun-hearted teacher. She and her husband, Brian, have been married twenty-nine years and have eight children, ages twenty-seven to nine, andtwo grandchildren. All were/are being homeschooled through their secondary years. Betsy home educates her children, helps manage a six-acre farm, grows and preserves large amounts of food, is a part of local and statewide homeschool leadership, and is active in her community, exercising her gifts of hospitality, teaching, and counseling other women. She is also a key support to her husband, Dr. Brian Ray, in his international work as president of the National Home Education Research Institute.
Bill Jack Bill Jack is an educator with ten years' experience in secular schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Currently, Bill Jack is faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, an academic leadership program that seeks to train Christian students to think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetics and worldview training DVDs. Bill's passion is to raise up a generation who has the vision to reach their culture with the gospel, who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill and his wife, Tabby, and their three children live in Colorado.
Brad Voeller Brad Voeller was home educated through elementary and high school. He earned his B.S.B.A. in International Management completely through distance education. This was done in less than six months, and for a cost of less than $5,000. He has spent time at home and abroad researching distance and accelerated learning methods and formerly was a teacher in China. Brad has founded the Global Leadership Institute, Inc. a nonprofit organization, and its subsidiary, Global Learning Strategies, with the goal of helping students develop leadership potential through distance education. Brad is now a writer, speaker, and educational consultant. He has given presentations throughout the US and internationally. Through these presentations Brad shares the most helpful, up-to-date, and effective methods for Accelerated Distance Learning. Brad is twenty-four years old and currently lives in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois.
Bruce Shortt Bruce Shortt is a homeschooling father of three who practices law in Houston, Texas. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford, a law degree from Harvard, an undergraduate degree from Amherst College, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Dr. Shortt is on the Board of Directors of Exodus Mandate, a ministry that promotes Christian education, and has spoken extensively on radio, television, and in person about the need to expand Christian education. Dr. Shortt is also the author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools and a number of education related articles that have appeared in WorldNet Daily, homeschool publications, and elsewhere.
Camden Spiller Camden Spiller is a homeschool graduate in his mid-twenties. He is the oldest of seven children homeschooled by their father since the early '80s. In 2005, Camden founded Homeschool ALUMNI, a nonprofit organization serving homeschool graduates.
Candace Boyle Candace Boyle, certified neuroeducational consultant through the National Academy for Child Development, continually receives the fulfillment of helping children and adults overcome their struggles and limitations. She received her education in pre-medicine and elementary education. Before becoming a Consultant, she served in a Christian ministry in Illinois, focusing on teaching character in home education.
Carol Arnold Carol Arnold and her husband Brad are from Massachusetts and have been married for 32 years. They homeschooled four children from 1983 to 2008. The Arnolds serve on the board of MassHOPE where Carol is the support group Networking Director. Carol taught public high school for 6 years before having children, and is enjoying her recent new role this spring of grandma. Carol is also an EBAY Education Specialist.
Carol Barnier Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any other. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman (It’s the name: Titus. Anything that rhymes with Phlebitis is automatically suspect) to why angels need a new public relations manager. She has been a guest on many radio programs, contributor to many magazines and is a speaker to conferences nationwide. She’s also a homeschooler of 17 years, author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. Her first three books deal with the non-linear mind trying to make it in a very linear world (teaching ADHD kids, being a highly distracted mom, learning styles.) But her latest book, Engaging Today’s Prodigal, Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reason for Hope, shares her own prodigal journey and lessons learned to equip and encourage parents who are experiencing the pain of a child leaving the faith they were raised with. While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her homeschooling challenges, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows.
Carol Topp, CPA Carol Topp, CPA is a retired homeschool mother, accountant and author of ten books including Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out and the Micro Business for Teens series. Carol runs an accounting practice specializing in helping nonprofit organizations, especially homeschool groups. Carol has presented workshops on money, taxes, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management and homeschooling to community, church and homeschool organizations. She is also the host of the public television show “Starting a Micro Business” and a podcast called the Dollars and Sense Show, part of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Her website,, was awarded a Top Accounting Blog in 2014, but her greatest compliment came from an audience member who, after sitting for 90 minutes, said, “You kept my attention the entire time.” That’s high praise for a CPA! Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Engineering. She worked ten years for the US Navy as a cost analyst before staying home to homeschool her two daughters. While being a stay-at-home mom, Carol took accounting classes via distance learning. In 2000 Carol received her CPA license and opened her own practice. She is a homeschooled CPA. Carol and her husband, Dave, have been married 30 years. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have two daughters, both homeschool graduates. You can read more about Carol at
Cathy Mayfield Cathy Mayfield and her husband, Kevin, live in rural Perry County with their three daughters - Holly (18), Sarah (15), and Faith (6). Cathy has homeschooled the girls since birth with lots of fun, laughter, and variety. The two oldest have served on short-term missions trips to El Salvador and hope to use the gifts God’s given them in drama, singing, signing, and writing to serve on the mission field here and/or abroad. Cathy is a writer, as well as a homeschooling mom. Her heart is to serve other homeschoolers, hence eight years of writers’ clubs, two years as a support group leader, many years in a homeschool co-op, plus service in many other places. Cathy writes, “God blessed me with children eager to learn and friends who support me, making our homeschool years a continual blessing.”
Cheryl Carter Cheryl R. Carter is Founder/ Director of "Organize Your Life," an organization that helps Christian moms. She is a former elementary school teacher and the author of five books on time management and organization. Cheryl, a columnist for the Long Island Christian Life Times has also written for curriculum, parenting and family publications. She considers mothering her finest achievement. In her oft-stretched spare time she mentors children and adult writers through tutoring, teaching and online courses. She also serves the New York City / Long Island Christian homeschool community along with her husband. Cheryl is active in her local church and community.
Chris Hogan Chris Hogan is a life coach, a consultant, and a conference speaker. He and his wife Anne are the parents of ten children and founders of Noble Call Institute. They developed the Life Role Seminars that help people succeed in the relationships that matter most. Chris has developed the Zero to Hero training series that has helped thousands of couples restore their marriages. Chris has travelled to over twenty countries and often brings his family with him as they train and equip people to be conversation coaches, life role coaches and disciple-makers.
Cindy McKeown Cindy McKeown, founder and president of Creative Home Educators' Support Services, Inc. (CHESS) administrates the classes and activities of CHESS, a family school in south-central Pennsylvania. She has homeschooled on all grade levels for the past fourteen years, already graduating three of her four children. She also assists administratively with the Learning Center, an area co-op of thirty families.
Colin Gunn Colin Gunn is an award-winning producer/director and accomplished animator. His previous films include "Shaky Town," winner of the Best Political Film at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) and "The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women" which won the Best of Festival award there. Originally from Hamilton, Scotland, Colin lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife and eight children. His latest film is "IndoctriNation: Public schools and the decline of Christianity in America."
Collette Bailes Collette Bailes has been home educating for nine years. She has five children, ages 14, 12, 10, 8, and 5. She has taught Literature and History classes at C.H.E.S.S. for the last four years and has done the "Getting Started" seminars and curriculum counseling for the Home School Resource Center.
David Watkins & Linda Watkins David and Linda Watkins began home educating their eight children in 1986, before the Minnesota homeschool law was passed by the legislature. They met at Oklahoma Baptist University where they both graduated with BA degrees. David went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and has pastored Heritage Baptist Church in Blaine, Minnesota, since 1982. David and Linda served on the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) Board of Directors from 2002 until 2012, where David filled the role of Chairman and Linda served as the Conference Director. They have recently transitioned off the Board to enable David to become the Executive Director of MACHE, while Linda continues to serve as the Conference Director. They also work together on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (NACHEL), which is a national organization that serves the leaders of state Christian home education organizations from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. David and Linda see the eternal benefits of Christian home education and the importance of encouraging and equipping younger home educating families. Their desire is to mentor a second generation of home educators who are willing to take the baton and run well. In their spare time, David enjoys hunting with his sons and grandchildren and Linda enjoys quiet time, reading, sewing, gardening, and good music. Most of all, they enjoy the opportunities they have in helping to form the young lives of their thirteen (and counting) grandchildren.
Debra Bell Debra Bell, Ph.D., is the best-selling author of the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens, and the Ultimate Planners for moms, teens, and students (Apologia Press). Writers-in-Residence: A Writing-Focused Language Arts Program and Readers-in-Residence: A Literacy Program will be released in 2015, along with a companion website. She also serves on the board and executive committee for the Global Home Education Conference, to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, March 2016. A former high school and college English teacher, Debra and her husband Kermit home educated their four kids K-12; all of whom are now married, degreed, and employed (They also love Jesus). Her articles on homeschooling have been widely published, including, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Homeschooling Today, The Teaching Home, and Thriving Families Magazine. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at numerous international and national venues for more than twenty-five years. Recent venues have included Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany; Manila, Philippines; Guam; Budapest, Hungary; Malaga, Spain; Hakuba, Nagano, Japan, and HSLDA’s National Leaders Conference, USA. Debra holds a bachelor’s of science in communications education, and a master’s degree in English. After homeschooling, she completed a Ph.D. in educational psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she also held a teaching assistantship in the College of Education. During her homeschooling years, Debra founded three homeschool co-ops which continue today (one for elementary, one for high school, and one for drama). She and her husband, Kermit, also founded Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, a major non-profit ministry serving women unprepared for pregnancy throughout South-Central Pennsylvania. A pioneer in online education, today she is executive director and lead teacher for Aim Academy, which provides online college prep and AP courses for 7th-12th graders both stateside and abroad. More information about Debra can be found at
Derek Carter Derek Carter is the President of Foundations for Family Success. The ministry conducts practical workshops and seminars on marriage, parenting, and families. In addition he does biblical counseling. He is a Clinical Member of the National Association of Christian Counselors. He has worked with families in crisis for over nineteen years and holds degrees in Urban Studies and a Masters of Science in Urban Policy/Admin. He is active in the Long Island, Greater New York City Christian Homeschool community where he serves as LEAH Regional Representative. Derek is also an author who has written on marriage and fathering issues. He has a vision to see all men rise to be like Christ in their homes.
Derek Carter & Cheryl Carter Derek and Cheryl Carter have worked with families for over twenty years and have been married for twenty-five years. They are founders of Foundations for Family Success, a ministry dedicated to strengthening marriages, empowering parents and helping families better manage their time. Derek and Cheryl are both adjunct professors. They also manage Christian Leadership Academy, an online school that teaches college preparatory skills to homeschool students. Together the Carters have written Seven Biblical Foundations that Every Family Should Build On. Individually they have written parenting, fathering, and time management books including: Chasing God and the Kids Too, How to Have a Presence in Your Absence (for Fathers), How to Get Organized and Stay Organized, and Organize Your ADD/ ADHD Child. They currently homeschool their two daughters. Their son, a homeschool graduate, is a junior in college. The Carters are active in the Christian homeschool community and enjoy encouraging others to draw close to Christ as they disciple their children. Visit for further information.
Dewitt Black, Esq. Dee Black is Senior Counsel with Home School Legal Defense Association, where he has served Pennsylvania families for the past 24 years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Memphis State University School of Law and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. He has been practicing law for 41 years. Dee and his wife Ricci have four children, all of whom were homeschooled.
Diana Waring Diana Waring, author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and the History Revealed curriculum published by AiG, discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship." Beginning in the early 80's, Diana homeschooled her children through high school—providing the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was to honor Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents.
Diane Kummer Diane Kummer and her husband Tom homeschooled their children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Both children graduated from college and are well into their careers. She’s an education consultant with Home School Legal Defense Association and helped develop its Homeschooling through High School program ( ). Diane speaks nationwide at conferences and symposiums where her practical and encouraging seminars inspire parents to confidently teach their teens. At CHAP, Diane will be part of a track “After High School – What Then?” Diane writes articles for the Homeschool Enrichment and Court Report magazines as well as other publications, and her monthly high school newsletters ( ) are filled with helpful tips. She reviews resources, provides personal consultation, and is a guest speaker on HSLDA’s Homeschool Heartbeat radio program. Read her informative entries on HSLDA’s Homeschooling Now Teaching Tips blog ( ). Diane taught high school math classes for homeschooled teens for many years, and now in her spare time enjoys teaching ladies’ Bible studies and volunteering for pro-life ministries.
Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, is a former homeschool mom who has a Master's degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has 25 years' experience teaching bright, hardworking children who have to work too hard to learn. She teaches parents across the country how to help their child learn faster and easier, using therapies and strategies that are very effective while being very inexpensive. Dianne is passionate about training parents to make learning easier for their homeschooled children. Her workshops are very informative and often entertaining. She is a Certified Natural Health Professional specializing in natural treatments for children with attention, learning, and behavioral issues. Dianne is president of the educational consulting firm, Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, Colorado.
Dick Karman Dick Karman and his wife, Dorothy, have been in homeschool leadership since 1985. They have enjoyed seeing their children's children grow in grace and knowledge. They travel together to speak to and encourage home educating families and homeschool leaders. Dick loves the opportunity to share and exhort fathers with personal experiences and lessons from the Bible. They have had the privilege of working with the CHAP board for several years.
Don Catlett & Darlene Catlett Don and Darlene Catlett began homeschooling in 1988, graduating the youngest of their four children in 2010. But they're not retiring! They hope to continue to spread the vision to homeschool through high school for many years. Don and Darlene have created and maintain many websites to both encourage and educate homeschooling families. Serving together on the CHAP Board since 2008, they are also the editors of the CHAP Magazine.
Donna Faturos Donna Faturos has been fascinated by foreign languages since she was a small child. In high school she studied German, French and Spanish; in college she studied German, Swedish, Russian, Polish and French. Since then she has dabbled in several other languages. Mrs. Faturos imports children's books and language materials from many countries and assists parents and private schools in developing foreign language programs. She is the mother of three teenage boys, each of whom has studied three foreign languages.
Donnie Rosie Donnie Rosie has served at Miracle Mountain Ranch for 15 years, first as a student and now as Marketing Director, student advisor, and an instructor at the School of Discipleship. For the past ten years, he has expanded his experience as he has marketed national events, produced video and photography projects, become an experienced public speaker, and helped businesses and organizations grow. When he is not working for Miracle Mountain, he runs Rosie Marketing, a branding and strategy firm. After Donnie was home-educated through high school, he completed a degree in Business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He and his awesome wife, Tonya, a history teacher, have three sons – George, Cole and Grant. You can read more about Donnie and Miracle Mountain Ranch at
Douglas Phillips, Esq. Doug Phillips is the founder and director of Vision Forum, a discipleship and training ministry that emphasizes Christian apologetics, worldview training, multi-generational faithfulness, and creative solutions whereby fathers can play a maximum role in family discipleship. He is a passionate communicator with a heart for home education and the restoration of Christian family and culture to the glory of God. As a constitutional attorney, Doug served six years at Home School Legal Defense Association and as Director for the National Center for Home Education. Doug and his wife Beall have eight children - Joshua, Justice, Liberty, Jubilee, Faith Evangeline, Honor, Providence, and Virginia Hope. They live in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Brian Ray Dr. Brian Ray is the president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) and founding editor of the quarterly, refereed, academic journal Home School Researcher (est. 1985). He has published numerous journal articles and books, been repeatedly interviewed by major media, served as an expert witness in court cases on homeschooling, and testified to legislatures regarding educational issues. Dr. Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling. In addition, he has been both a classroom teacher and a university professor through the graduate level. He earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from Oregon State University and his Master of Science in zoology from Ohio University. Brian and Betsy have been married twenty-eight years and have eight children, all of whom they have home educated since birth,and two grandchildren.
Dr. Bruce Eagleson Dr. Bruce Eagleson and his wife exclusively homeschooled all four of their children. Two of the children graduated from college at home. He has listened to over 900 homeschool presentations, attended over 50 homeschool conventions, published homeschool research, and worked for 20 years to improve the homeschooling law in Pennsylvania. Dr. Eagleson is a homeschool evangelist. Bruce is recognized nationally as the founding chairman of The National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership. Dr. Eagleson is the author of the CHAP book on getting started in homeschooling, Keys to Homeschooling in the Keystone State. Bruce’s teaching has been enthusiastically received at many conferences including ENOCH of NJ, Mass HOPE, TEACH CT, HoME, CHAP, Sandy Cove’s and Harvey Cedars’ Bible Conference homeschool week, HSLDA’s National Leadership Conference and the National Alliance of Home Education Leadership. Dr. Eagleson has been described as a principled, courageous, and visionary national home school leader. Perhaps, more importantly, Bruce has been blessed with the ability to see humor in everyday life.
Dr. Dean Kincaid Dr. Dean Kincaid, D.M.A., A.A.G.O., has taught privately and institutionally for over forty years. Along with maintaining a home studio, he has taught piano, organ, and theory at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Organ and Music Theory (department chairman) at The American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, and Organ and Church Music at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL. He served seven years on the Board of the Chicago Chapter, American Guild of Organists, the last two as Dean. Throughout this period he has served as choir director/organist at five different churches, and has produced 15 books of hymn arrangements for piano, as well as a book on hymnology and a book on music theory, and the Christmas cantata, "The Good News of Christmas." He presently teaches music theory at the Advanced Training Institute in Indianapolis.
Dr. Howard Richman Howard Richman is coeditor (with wife Susan) of PA Homeschoolers which has served the homeschooling community in Pennsylvania for 18 years. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh and is an author of books, guides, and articles about homeschooling as well as research papers in the fields of education and cognitive psychology. His four children (aged 13 to 23) were always homeschooled up until college. His three eldest are now in college and graduate school at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. James Stobaugh Jim Stobaugh, and his wife Karen, have four home educated adult children. They have a strong burden for the new leadership group that God is calling forth from the homeschooling community. Jim is a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University and holds a B.A. cum laude from Vanderbilt, an M.A. from Rutgers University, a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An experienced teacher, Dr. Stobaugh is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published several books for students and teachers. Some are in the series Preparing Thoughtful Christians to be World Changers, with both student and teacher editions: Skills for Literary Analysis (2005), Skills for Rhetoric (2005), World Literature (2005), American Literature (2005), and British Literature (2005). Stobaugh has also published Fire That Burns but Does Not Consume (2003), A Gathered Inheritance (2004), and the highly valued SAT and College Preparation Course for the Christian Student (1998; revised edition, 2004). Karen is a national prayer leader in the women’s international intercessory prayer organization, ASK. Most recently Dr. Stobaugh finished a seven volume world social history. Dr. Stobaugh and his wife Karen live near Hollsopple, Pennsylvania, and travel widely to speak about literature, teaching, SAT/ACT Preparation, and education.
Dr. James Stobaugh & Karen Stobaugh After meeting at Harvard University, Jim and Karen Stobaugh were married forty years ago and have four home-educated adult children. Jim’s education includes a BA cum laude, Vanderbilt; MA, Rutgers; MDiv, Princeton Seminary; Charles E. Merrill Fellow, Harvard University; DMin, Gordon-Conwell Seminary. For nearly half a century, Jim has been a counselor for SAT preparations and college admissions. His students are recruited by the most competitive universities in the world. Meanwhile, Jim is the pastor of an evangelical church at Boswell, Pennsylvania. In the Laurel Highlands, Jim and Karen reside on their farm, the Shepherd’s Glen. They enjoy playing with their three fuzzy cats and two black Labrador retrievers. You can see more of Jim’s ministry and literary works at
Dr. Jay Wile Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published more than 30 articles in nationally-recognized journals and has 8 books to his credit including Reasonable Faith: The Scientific Case for Christianity. Dr. Wile founded and previously owned Apologia Educational Ministries, a company dedicated to giving people scientific reasons to believe in Christ. He has authored or co-authored 8 award-winning science textbooks designed to be used in a homeschool setting.
Dr. Scott Turansky Dr. Scott Turanskyand his wife Carrie have five children and three grandchildren. They have been involved with homeschoolers since they began homeschooling their oldest son 25 years ago. Dr. Turansky is a pastor, author, parenting coach, and nationally-known speaker. His passion is to help parents understand a heart-based approach to parenting.Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, and her husband Ed have two grown sons. Both of these young men were schooled at home from kindergarten through high school. Joanne is a pediatric nurse, author, and speaker.Dr. Turansky and Mrs. Miller co-founded the National Center for Biblical Parenting and Biblical Parenting University, an online school for parents and teachers. They have trained over 80 presenters who teach their parenting material around the country, using parenting seminars as outreach to the community. The Turansky/Miller books, videos, workbooks, seminars, and parent training materials focus on giving parents practical, biblical tools to make lasting changes in their families. Using drama, stories, and the scriptures, Turansky and Miller give parents the strategies and routines they need to help children change their hearts. Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have been team-teaching for over 15 years. Their dynamic presentation and practical, biblical material is refreshing and hopeful. Homeschool parents especially realize how the strategies offered by the National Center for Biblical Parenting enhance their schooling as well as their family relationships and lifelong goals for their children.
Dr. Scott Turansky & Joanne Miller, RN, BSN Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. They have a passion for equipping parents and grandparents with a heart-based approach to parenting that revolutionizes the family. Dr. Turansky and his wife, Carrie, have five children and four grandchildren. Dr. Turansky is a pastor, author, parenting coach, and nationally-known speaker. He has dedicated his life to studying God’s Word and the parenting process, and has developed many practical tools that equip families for success. Scott and Carrie homeschooled their five children and have equipped many homeschool familiesjoanne with tools and strategies over the years. Mrs. Miller and her husband, Ed, have two grown sons. Joanne is a pediatric nurse, author, and speaker. She loves to provide parents with strategies that reach the hearts of their kids. Ed and Joanne homeschooled their children and have a passion for equipping homeschool families with the keys for success, both academically and in their relationships together. More information about Scott and Joanne can be found at
Dr. Stephen Guffanti Who would have thought that the kid who was nearly kicked out of every school— and voted by his family likely to end up in jail—would become an inspiring, approachable, hilarious and sought-after convention speaker? (Not to mention a successful medical doctor, author, and happily married husband and homeschool dad.) Probably just God. No wonder one of Stephen Guffanti MD's favorite messages is this: "Your child may never be normal—but he can be extraordinary!" As a medical doctor, author, and homeschooler, Stephen Guffanti, M.D., offers a unique background and tremendous insight, and communicates with warmth and humor. Not only is Stephen a physician, but he's also dyslexic and ADHD, and from this unusual perspective he brings hope, understanding, and practical solutions to families. Born with a passion for education as well as medicine, Dr. Steve has served as the medical director of a clinic specializing in learning disorders and has studied nutrition and its effects on learning. Dr. Steve's books include Rocket Phonics, The Purpose of Passion, and Does Your Child Really Have ADHD? He has lately been creating podcasts for iTunes, and was delighted to learn they've had nearly 15,000 downloads in under 3 months!! He is currently working on his next book, ADHD: Parenting the Extraordinary Child. A popular guest on radio talk shows and webinars, Dr. Steve has written many articles in homeschooling publications including The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Crosswalk, CHAP Magazine, WHO's News, and more. Dr. Steve's passions include creating curriculum to meet the needs of all kids, following God's plan, and encouraging homeschool families with fresh insights, useful everyday tools, and humor.
Dr. Tedd Tripp Tedd Tripp has served as pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Hazleton, Pennsylvania since June of 1983. He received his BA in history from Geneva College. Prior to seminary, he worked in the industry and building trades. Pastor Tripp received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He served as a counselor for the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation from 1985 to 1998; as a teacher and principal of Immanuel Christian School, from September 1979 to 1983; as the founder (with wife, Margy) of Immanuel Christian School; and as a board member of Immanuel Christian School from 1979 to the present. He and his wife, Margy, have three grown children who, by God’s grace, are all believers and he is also a grandfather. Dr. Tripp is the author of the well-known book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart.
Elaine Miller Elaine Miller is a pioneer for the sport of debate in Pennsylvania. Practice and qualifying debate tournaments were first initiated by her four years ago in Pennsylvania. She has coached several teams and contributed to the enrichment of debate with other neighboring states. Elaine is a member of the Pennsylvania Homeschool Debate Committee, a statewide committee to support parents and students in debate instruction and competition. She and her husband continue to homeschool their two daughters.
Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith, wife of Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike Smith, taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996, when the youngest entered college. For over 25 years, Elizabeth's practical wisdom has encouraged audiences at homeschool conferences, symposiums, and women's retreats throughout the United States. Michael and Elizabeth have appeared several times on Focus on the Family's radio program. Elizabeth is the Director of Development for the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA, and serves on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry. She is also a founding Board member of the National Black Home Educators, and teaches women's Bible studies at her local church. She serves as an Area Director over 9 counties for the state of Virginia Auxiliary to Gideons International. Elizabeth has lobbied on pro-family issues in her state capitol and in Washington, D.C., for the National Center for Home Education and the Family Foundation of Virginia since 1993.
Gail Busby Gail Busby is one of the pioneers in the homeschool movement. She began homeschooling her own children in 1977. Since her children are now grown, she has continued to teach homeschoolers, homeschooling parents, teachers, her grandchildren, and children of past students. Mrs. Busby and her husband, also, founded the homeschool XL Choir in 1986. Mrs. Busby has co-authored the textbook Latin in the Christian Trivium. She is the author of the series Basic Bible Truths for Beginners and Phonics Workshop Handbook. Mrs. Busby has been teaching thirty-seven years. She has taught in public school, private Christian day school, and on the university level. She now teaches classes in her home. These classes include the Spalding reading method, composition, history, math, Latin, and Master's classes in "How to Teach." Mrs. Busby's husband is a pastor and they reside in Redding, California.
Gary Demar Gary Demar grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has lived in the Atlanta area since 1979. Gary and his wife are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA— a conservative denomination founded in 1973). Gary is president of American Vision, a Christian educational and communications organization whose purpose is to equip and empower Christians to restore America's Biblical foundation. Gary is the author of more than twenty books covering a full range of topics. He is also the general editor and co-author of A New World in View, Building a City on a Hill, and On the Road To Independence, the first three volumes in the To Pledge Allegiance American history textbook series. Gary is the host of two national radio shows. "History Unwrapped" is heard on over 250 stations nationwide. The Gary DeMar Show is heard live every Saturday at noon on Sirius Satellite Radio and other major markets nationwide. Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio, television interviews, and newspaper interviews. American Vision also publishes The Biblical Worldview, a monthly magazine edited by Gary.
George Sarris George W. Sarris is an actor/narrator/spokesman, working primarily in the commercial environment of New York City. He has been the principal spokesman for radio and television commercials and industrial films for companies such as AT&T, IBM, American Express, Burger King, Duracell, Pizza Hut, Sprint, and Honda. Mr. Sarris holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University, and Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served on the staff of the Mass Media Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ for 4 years, and served on the Board of Directors for Screen Actors Guild in Boston for 6 years. He is currently Executive Coordinator of Mastermedia International/New York. Mr. Sarris has developed a unique, one-man show entitled, The World's Greatest Stories. The texts for the stories he tells are taken directly, word for word, from the Bible. They are told, however, using the art of a dramatic storyteller. The live performances of these stories have been enthusiastically received by a wide variety of audiences at conferences, in churches, at Christian Schools and camps, and for local community events. The CD's and video cassettes are enjoyed by many thousands of people. Mr. Sarris is publisher of Ecclesiastes by Solomon, in cooperation with the International Bible Society. He is a featured speaker at conferences throughout this country, addressing issues related to both teens and adults. Mr. Sarris resides in Trumbull, CT with his wife, Suzan. They have 5 children.
Greg Sabouri Greg Sabouri is a cofounder of Teaching Textbooks™. He holds two masters degrees from Harvard and is the former head of a small, private school for academically-gifted students. Mr. Sabouri's unique experience has allowed him to see firsthand how homeschooling beats traditional public and even so-called elite private schools in the key areas of academics and character development. He currently spends his time creating math products designed to assist parents with the challenges of homeschooling through high school.
Hal Young & Melanie Young Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men and My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (three grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina. You can see more information about Hal and Melanie at and
Hannah Eagleson Hannah Eagleson is a homeschool graduate, a writer, a harpist, and a Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature at the University of Delaware. In between these occupations, she indulges her hobbies of reading and tea.
Heather Paulsen Heather, 26, was home educated form 6th grade through high school. She has worked with teens and singles since she graduated college. In the past five years, God has opened her eyes to understanding the meaning of emotional purity during her unmarried years. Currently Heather works, as needed, for her father’s home-based construction consulting business and also for the ministry she founded, Emotional Purity.
J. Michael Smith, Esq. Mike Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization which he has been involved with since its beginning. HSLDA was established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home. HSLDA now represents over 81,000 member families. Mike became involved in defending homeschoolers after he and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to homeschool their children. They have four children. Three have been homeschooled and have all graduated from college. Mike has been doing keynote speaking to homeschool conferences for over 25 years. His desire is to communicate in every message the benefits of home education and his overriding belief that God has raised up this movement for a special purpose at this time in history. Mike communicates that the benefits of homeschooling far exceed the burdens, with special emphasis on encouragement.
Jack Hubley Jack Hubley has been a multi-media advocate for the natural world for more than 30 years. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, he has hosted three nature shows on WGAL-TV, the area's NBC affiliate, during the past 25 years. His "Wild Moment" nature vignettes appear weekly on the station's Friday, 5:30 p.m. newscast. Jack lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Tina, and a host of animals with eight legs, six legs, four legs, two legs and no legs.
James Mason, Esq. James R. Mason III is Vice President of Litigation and Development for Home School Legal Defense Association. Since joining HSLDA to lead the litigation team in 2001, Jim has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations and has set precedents that have expanded freedom for the homeschool community. Under Jim’s leadership, HSLDA’s 4th Amendment litigation work has changed the way three states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico) approach social services investigations. In Wilson v. Russo, HSLDA won a $700,000 settlement for our client, a single parent whose children were seized by a rogue social worker. Jim was instrumental in litigating the 2008 California case, Jonathan L., in which a federal appellate court reversed its previous ruling that homeschooling was illegal. This put an end to years of controversy over the legal status of homeschooling in California and set a precedent that affects other states as well. In addition to penning many of the most popular articles in HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine, Jim serves as the president of Before coming to HSLDA, Jim represented numerous right-to-life groups in campaign finance cases and clerked for an appellate court in Oregon. He graduated with highest honors from Regent University School of Law in 1996. Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on active duty in Operation Desert Storm. Jim and his wife Debbie live in Winchester, Virginia. They have seven children and one granddaughter. The Masons homeschooled all of their children: five have graduated and two are still being taught at home. In his spare time, Jim is an avid birdwatcher, waffle connoisseur, and abstract art fan.
Janice Campbell Janice Campbell is a lifelong learner, writer, and conference speaker who has enjoyed homeschooling since the late 1980's. She and her husband, Donald, have seen the benefits of home education in the lives of their four sons, and she takes joy in sharing what she has learned with others. Through her home-based business, Everyday Education, Janice offers workshops on writing and on homeschooling through the teen years, with a focus on making the most of high school through early college or entrepreneurship. Janice graduated cum laude from Mary Baldwin College with a B.A. in English. She is author of Transcripts Made Easy, Get a Jump Start on College! A Practical Guide for Teens, and Zeitgeist Literature; editor of The Virginia Homeschool Manual; and creator of the Beat-the-Clock Essay Workshop™, an innovative one-day workshop that prepares students for the SAT and other timed essays. Her website,, offers information, resources, inspiration, and a free e-newsletter.
Janice Vreeland Janice Vreeland and her husband, Mark are the parents of ten children (7 girls & 3 boys). None of their ten children have been in a conventional school. Since 1992 the Vreeland family have traveled to home school groups and conferences with their family business called Family Learning Connection. They reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.
Jeanne Mulligan Jeanne Mulligan is a mother, grandmother , teacher, author, and graduated homeschool mom. She and her husband, Charlie, have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Known in northeastern Pennsylvania as the "pioneer of homeschooling," her family began homeschooling in 1984. Her background is in education, special education, communication, and computer technology. She is a resource person for homeschooling parents of children with special needs. Mrs. Mulligan is the author of Pencil Playground, a creative writing curriculum for all students on the elementary and junior high levels. Pencil Playground is published in three languages and distributed throughout the world. This year at the CHAP Convention in addition to talking about creative writing, Mrs. Mulligan will team up Mr. John Rowe of the Harrisburg Fire Department in a presentation about homeschool fire safety. A few years ago, the Mulligans survived a fire that leveled their home and their business.
Jerry Schmoyer Jerry Schmoyer is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and has served 21 years as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Doylestown, PA. He is the father of six ranging in age from 6 to 22. The Schmoyers have been home schooling for 18 years. He has been the leader of Bucks Area Home Schoolers for 16 years and currently teaches a Home School Ministry Training Class for home schooled teens. He provides an annual home school family retreat in spring. He and his wife Nancy, a part time nurse, have been married for 23 years. Their teens operate a family music service that performs and provides lessons. His first two sons are studying for the ministry at Philadelphia Biblical University. His third son is a member of the US Men’s National Field Hockey Squad and attending The Masers College in California. His oldest daughter is an accomplished and experienced actress and singer.
Jessica Hulcy Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Character Curriculum, the first homeschool curriculum written for homeschool by homeschoolers in 1984, will delight you with her sense of humor and refreshing openness about her homeschool experiences. She will encourage us to enjoy our children and to educate them in a way that builds love and togetherness in our families, while teaching to the head and heart of each child. Jessica is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and has done postgraduate work at Texas A & M at Commerce. She speaks nationally on a variety of public education and homeschool topics, writes curriculum for KONOS, contributes articles to several homeschool magazines, has taught for 31 years with 24 of those years spent homeschooling her four boys ages 31, 27, 24, and 18, lives with her husband Wade on 75 acres north of Dallas, TX, and has just started a new business called designed to train the next generation of homeschoolers.
Jim Weiss Jim Weiss and his wife Randy founded Greathall Productions in 1989. It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming into fashion. Raised by parents who valued literature and history and with the additional influence of grandfathers who loved to tell stories to their grandsons, Jim grew up in the presence of literary and real-life characters in the tradition of oral language. Jim graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing profession. At forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to trust their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read would provide a wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age. This year, Jim and Randy Weiss are celebrating Greathall Productions’ 25th Anniversary year of business Married for 38 years, Randy and Jim reside in Charlottesville, Virginia and are the proud parents of a married daughter and son-in-law. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 48+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history; masterful and thoughtful readings of G.A. Henty Titles; unabridged readings of The Story of the World Volumes I-IV; Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham and Ralph Moody’s, Come On, Sea Biscuit, and a variety of Read-Along Book/Cd Sets. Weiss is the recipient of 100+ national awards from The Old Schoolhouse, Mary Pride’s Practical Homeschooling Reader’s Choice, The American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Film Advisory Board, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, AudioFile, Creative Child Magazine, Children’s Media, and many more. Jim Weiss recordings are highly praised and recommended by leading home school journals and reviewers including Home Education Magazine, Homeschooling Today, Greenleaf Press, The Well Trained Mind, Family Times, The Old School House, and countless others. Jim travels extensively across the United States and Canada presenting library, school, store and community events; teacher workshops; and his favorite, HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCES.
John Erickson John Erickson grew up in the small Texas Panhandle town of Perryton. After high school, he attended the University of Texas, graduated in 1966, then moved north and spent two years studying at Harvard Divinity School. One day he glanced around the Harvard Yard and realized that he wasn't one of "them." A month later, he and his wife Kris, a Texas gal, moved back home. In 1970 John and Kris paid a visit to John's folks in Perryton and Erickson says, "We just never got around to leaving." John spent the next twelve years doing various kinds of work to make a living. He worked as a bartender in a "dry" county, farm hand, carpenter's helper, handyman, and ranch cowboy. That put bread on the table, but he never doubted that his real life's work was as a writer, and he worked at his writing with fanatical discipline, four hours every day in the early morning hours. For fifteen years he sent of manuscripts to publishers and got them all back with rejection slips. By 1982 he'd had enough, borrowed $2,000 from a foolish banker, and start his own publishing company, Maverick Books, in his garage. From that humble beginning, in a part of Texas that didn't even have a bookstore, old Hank has gone on to become a national character and one of the most popular children's series in the land. That still amazes Erickson, since his original audience was adults involved in agriculture, and he knows nothing about writing children's books. Nevertheless, Hank's books and audiobooks have sold over 7.7 million copies, have been translated into Spanish, Danish, and Chinese. Hank's 61st adventure came out this spring, and there are also 7 "audio only" stories available.
Joyce Herzog Joyce Herzog is the author of Learning in Spite of Labels, Scaredy Cat Reading System, Luke’s List, Stepping Stones to Bigger Faith and more. She has been speaking and writing for homeschoolers for the past ten years as well as working directly with many families on an individual basis for over ten years and has over 25 years classroom experience. She offers 17 different workshops, speaking on such varied topics as learning disabilities, choosing curriculum, multilevel teaching, and worldview. Whether addressing small workshops or huge auditoriums, she enjoys rapt attention from the audience. Even the children are touched by her humorous style filled with anecdotal stories. She also provides a wealth of practical, helpful hints gently embedded in a sensitive philosophical approach. When she is able to remain in the area for a few days, she can provide in-home consultations for families needing advice regarding curriculum, scheduling, organization etc.. This ministry, which she calls “HomeSchool Therapy” includes the services of her husband, Tom, to tackle the family’s “Honey Do” list and apprenticeship the children who are not directly working with Joyce.
Julie Hiramine Julie Hiramine is the Founder and Executive Director of the ministry Generations of Virtue that equips parents to empower their children to be pure in our culture today. As a noted speaker, author and Christian leader, Julie has encouraged and impacted parents both in the US and internationally through her speaking and written materials. Julie is based with her husband, Kay, and family in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at their other home in Conesus, New York. Julie is homeschooling her five daughters: Brianna, Stacia, Alissa, Hana and Mikayla.
Julie Shorey Julie Shorey is mom to four grown children and four teenagers (the fourth recently adopted), and is in her 25th year of homeschooling. She is director and tutor at Good Company Tutorials, serving over 100 homeschool families. She's been a single mom since 1997.
Karen Boyd Karen Boyd and her husband David, have homeschooled their children since 1988. During this time she has served the homeschool community in many ways including several years as a support group leader and assistant coach of a winning MATHCOUNTS team. As a Pennsylvania certified teacher, she has written hundreds of evaluations since our current law became effective. Karen is currently treasurer of the Board of the Pennsylvania Homeschooler's Accreditation Agency. While she still continues to homeschool her daughter, her son is now in college.
Karen Stobaugh Karen Stobaugh and her husband, Jim have homeschooled their four children for the last twelve years. They have a growing business, For Such A Time As This Ministries, committed to challenging this generation to change its world for Christ.
Katherine Loop Katherine Loop, a homeschool graduate, has been ministering to homeschool families since her graduation in 2003. She is the author of a variety of homeschool resources, including several family devotionals and a book titled Beyond Numbers: A Practical Guide to Teaching Math Biblically. She speaks candidly of her experiences as a home-school child and her struggles and triumphs since graduating. Her heart is to point people to "Seek the LORD, and his strength" (Psalm 105:4) in everything. Katherine lives at home with her parents and brother in Northern Virginia, where she works from the home for her state homeschool organization and operates Christian Perspective, an online ministry to homeschool families.
Kathy Kuhl Veteran homeschooler and author Kathy Kuhl ( offers ideas and encouragement for all parents, but especially those whose children are struggling, discouraged, gifted—or all three! The author of Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, Staying Sane as You Homeschool, and the upcoming Encouraging Your Child, she gives phone consultations, speaks internationally, and offers book reviews and tips at her website.
Ken Ham Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham— president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the new highly acclaimed Creation Museum (with over 719,000 visitors in its first two years)—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests (in one year alone he appeared on: Fox's The O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends in the Morning; CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC's Good Morning America, the BBC, etc.). Each year Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults (he receives many hundreds of invitations to speak annually) on such topics as the reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church (which is seeing a massive exodus of young people), witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, "races" (such as the co-authored book Darwin's Plantation), etc. Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. He is heard daily on the radio feature Answers ... with Ken Ham (broadcast on more than 900 stations—and dozens more worldwide), and is a frequent guest on national TV talk-show programs. He has also recently appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis to the life of the average Christian, and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators. Ken is also able to reflect on some of the "hot button" topics of our day (e.g., the breakdown of the society and the family unit, "gay" marriage, school violence, creation/evolution in public schools, abortion, homosexual behavior, lawlessness, etc.) and relate them to the book of Genesis. Ken's bachelor's degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia). In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ken and his wife Mally reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and five grandchildren. Ken states: "The devastating effect that evolutionary humanism has had on society, and even the church, makes it clear that everyone—including Christians—needs to return to the clear teachings of Scripture and Genesis and acknowledge Christ as our Creator and Savior. In fact, Genesis has the answer to many of the problems facing the compromising church and questioning world today."
Ken Sande Ken Sande is the president of Peacemaker Ministries in Billings, Montana, and author of numerous resources on conflict resolution, including The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Baker Books, 2d. ed. 1997). He is a gifted speaker who has presented seminars on biblical peacemaking in eighteen states and two foreign countries. Working as a full-time Christian conciliator for seventeen years, Ken has used biblical peacemaking principles to help resolve hundreds of conflicts, including business, employment, and family disputes; church divisions; and complex lawsuits. He holds degrees in engineering and law, and has served on the national board of directors of the Christian Legal Society and Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. Ken and his wife Corlette have developed an illustrated conflict resolution curriculum for children called The Young Peacemaker (Shepherd Press), which was published in the fall of 1997. Corlette homeschools their two children, Megan (8) and Jeffrey (6). Their favorite family activity is hiking in the Beartooth Mountains near Billings.
Kevin Swanson Kevin Swanson was himself homeschooled in the 1960's and 1970's. He has over 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. Kevin served as the student body president of a large west coast university before going on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Today, Kevin is a homeschool father of five, host of a daily radio program broadcast along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, and is a published author of several books, including Upgrade - 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child. Serving as a passionate supporter of home education, he has been interviewed on hundreds of media outlets, including Dr.. James Dobson's Focus on the Family and the Fox News Network. Please visit
Kim Huber Kim Huber and her husband, Larry, have four children ages 12 to 22, and have been homeschooling since 1983. During this time they have been involved in the home schooling community in various ways, and currently serve on the board of directors for the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania. Kim brings a wealth of information from her 18 years of experience as a home schooling mother, and years of support group leadership. The Hubers live in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
Larry Huber Larry Huber and his wife, Kimberly have been homeschooling and serving homeschoolers for nearly 25 years. The Hubers were one of the founding CHAP board families and recently resigned from the CHAP Board on January 10, 2007. This past year the last of their four children graduated from homeschooling. The Hubers have entered the grandparent season of life. Larry enjoys sharing his passion for what homeschooling can offer with anyone with ears to hear.
Laurette Connelly Laurette M. Connelly is the mother of 6, a grandmother of 13, author of 2 books, conference and seminar speaker, and Bible Study & Adult Education teacher. She has appeared on the television program "The 700 Club" and on the radio broadcast "Pillar of Fire Pulpit." Laurette attends Hershey Evangelical Free Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania where she coordinates the Women's Fellowship.
Leigh Genasevich Leigh Genasevich has been happily married to her best friend Gary for 20 years. Together, they have homeschooled their three boys since 1999, the oldest of which is a sophomore in college. Leigh has been serving the homeschool community as a support group leader and a homeschool evaluator for the past ten years. Her passion is to see families thrive spiritually, personally, and educationally in their homeschool journey.
Lew Sterrett Lew Sterrett had special affection for the horse from a young age growing up on a farm in southeastern Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and through the mentoring of a professor discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In 1977, Lew assumed directorship of Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions, located southwest of Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1981, Lew started to developed the ministry, "Sermon on the Mount"®, as a way to teach lessons of life and leadership from the language of the horse. Over the years this program has grown, and Lew travels extensively across the U.S. and Canada presenting biblical principles from horseback to thousands each year. Please visit
Maggie Hogan Maggie Hogan and her husband, Bob, live in a (formerly) Amish farmhouse in Dover, DE, where they began homeschooling their two (now grown) sons in 1991. She is a regular contributor to homeschooling internet sites as well as print magazines like Homeschooling Today and The Old Schoolhouse. She's a nationally known speaker and co-author of The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Gifted Children at Home, Hands-on Geography and other resource books. Involved in local, state, and national homeschooling issues, they both serve on boards of home education organizations in Delaware. They're also owners of Bright Ideas Press, publishers of the award winning: The Mystery of History series, Christian Kids Explore series and All American History series. When not reading or writing, Maggie can be found drooling over scrapbooking supplies and book catalogs.
Mark August Mark August and his wife Sue have one son, Jack, born in 1993. Jack has been home-schooled all his life. They live in Medford, a South Jersey suburb of Philadelphia. Mark and Sue were married in 1980. Both began their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ as teenagers. The Augusts are members of Sovereign Grace Church in Cherry Hill. They are co-leaders of their church's 50-family homeschool support group. The Augusts are also members of their local homeschool support group, Living Water Home Educators. Mark serves as ENOCH of New Jersey's Central Legislative Liaison. He serves on a statewide task force whose mission is to respond to any legislation that may threaten the freedoms that NJ homeschoolers enjoy. Mark's passion is to encourage homeschoolers to think outside the box in their approach to homeschooling and to see homeschooling primarily as a way of discipling children in the ways of the Lord, rather than merely an educational choice.
Mark Hamby Mark Hamby (M.S., M.Div., Th.M., D. Min. cand.) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries International. He lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Debbie. They have three adult children living in various parts of the country. Jennifer is the graphic arts and illustration director for Lamplighter. David works for Apple and oversees video production for Lamplighter. Jonathan, their eldest, is married, lives in California as a commercial broker, and functions as his dad's personal counselor! As author, speaker, and Bible teacher, what Mark enjoys most is helping his audience to remove the mask in order to expose the heart. Through the genre of storytelling and the life-changing power of God's Word, Mark's audiences learn that we serve a God with whom nothing is impossible.
Mary Ann Eagleson Mary Ann is, by God's sovereign grace, a committed Christian. She has been married to Bruce Eagleson for 34 years, is a home educating mom of 25 years for their four children, ages 29 to 19, and has a passion for exploring how God uses home education as one of His greatest tools to shape us into His image. She and her husband serve on the board of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership, a national advocacy group for home education. They have served on the CHAP (Christian Homeschooling Association of Pennsylvania) Board for 16 years. Mary Ann has been involved with several home education co-ops in participant as well as leadership roles, one of which started in their basement. Mary Ann has a master's degree with a focus in Christian Education and worked as a Director of Christian Education in her church and in a regional Christian education resource center for a major Christian denomination. Christian Education has been one of her loves in life, whether at home or in the wider Christian community. Recently, she created the fledgling Tell It Publishing Company to share with others resources they have created and used to foster family discipleship during the Lent, Easter, Christmas and other seasons of the year. Learn more at: email:
Mary Harrington Mary Harrington has taught Latin for over seventeen years at various levels, from Middle School aged homeschoolers to community college classes. A mother of eleven, she homeschooled her last four children, including an in-depth study in Latin. Mary teaches at a Christian high school at present, and continues working on more Latin books, and really, really enjoys her grown children and grandchildren.
Mary Sayre As a mother of 11 children (including one with special needs), Mary Sayre has a total of 100 childyears of homeschooling experience! Needless to say, she has a wealth of practical information to share. Before becoming a stay at home mom with the birth of her first child, she worked as a registered nurse. Recognized for her homeschooling efforts, Mary was nominated and accepted into the Who's Who Among American High School Teachers 2005. Public speaking became an integral part of her own homeschool curriculum as a result of watching the championship round of a homeschool debate tournament in 1997. Since then, Mary has taught speech and debate classes and has coached multiple students, including her own children, five of whom have advanced to the national championship level of competition. This legacy bears witness not only to the emphasis she places on public speaking in her own classroom, but also to the effectiveness of her instruction. Blissfully married for twenty-six years to her best friend, Rodger, Mary resides in Tunkhannock, PA. She is a popular inspirational speaker for homeschool support groups.
Mary Schofield Mary Schofield and her husband Paul began homeschooling in 1986. Their children graduated, married, moved into their own homes, got decent jobs, and are doing fine out in "the real world" despite the fears of homeschool naysayers. Mary wrote The High School Handbook, a guide to home educating junior and senior high school students, based on years of experience, research, and prayer. She speaks at home education conventions throughout the United States, encouraging parents to seek God's unique plan for their families. Mary has been enjoying her "retirement" from active homeschooling by continuing to serve on the Board of Directors for the Christian Home Educators Association of California and by remaining active in legal and legislative issues surrounding private and home education, family freedoms, and parental rights. She also found time to go back to school, get a law degree, and become an attorney with her own practice in northern California. However, her favorite activity these days is playing with her grandchildren.
Megg Kanoff Megg and her husband Kevin have always homeschooled their four children, two of which are still at home and two are currently in college. Megg uses Classical Education for her homeschool and has spoken on the benefits of this approach. Megg and her husband have also been on the Board of CHAP for the past three years.
Melinda Boring Melinda Boring has been a popular workshop speaker for over 15 years. She enjoys the privilege of sharing her personal and professional experience, humor, and compassion with others. Her presentations are packed with practical suggestions and her personable style gives fresh hope and perspective to experienced homeschoolers and newcomers alike. A willingness to openly relate her personal anecdotes leads to a special connection with the audience. Very often attendees’ feedback boils down to: “How long have you had a hidden camera in my home, because that is exactly what we deal with every day?” Melinda is an authorized Joyce Herzog workshop presenter. In addition to presenting workshops in multiple states and Europe, Melinda is an accomplished author. Her book, Heads Up Helping! has been a source of encouragement and hope for hundreds of people. For the past decade she has been a regular columnist in the Home Companion, a bimonthly publication of Christian Home Educators of Ohio. Her articles have been reprinted in a number of other magazines, online newsletters, and state homeschooling publications including Heart of the Matter online. Armed with a degree in education and her M.A. in speech/language pathology, Melinda and her husband felt led to homeschool their children. Recognizing that two of her children were struggling learners, Melinda applied herself to find ways to meet those needs as well as those of her typically developing child. Despite her many prayers, Melinda’s children continued to present her with challenges that made her become a better teacher than she wanted to have to be! As only God can, He now uses those difficult times to bless others through Melinda’s presentations as she shares over 18 years experience as a homeschooler. Melinda’s oldest two children graduated from their home school in May 2006, and her “baby” graduated in 2011. Although she is adjusting to life as an “empty desker”, she continues to serve the homeschool special-needs & struggling learner community. Melinda Boring, MA-CCC/SLP, also has over 25 years experience as a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. Melinda is owner and president of Heads Up! and can be reached at the address below or through the website
Michele Zavatsky For nearly a decade, author Michele Zavatsky has visited thousands of places (with her family) to find the best sites that kids love to visit! This adventure of writing and publishing family travel guidebooks has taken Michele and her home-schooled family on a journey of experiences they could have never imagined. The Zavatsky family have been blessed to be called the "family that vacations for a living" by over 300 radio and television programs. Michele has spoken to hundreds of groups throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and the South.
Mike Riggs Mike and his wife Carolyn graduated their two children from homeschool and have five grandchildren. Their son is a college graduate, and he and his wife have one child. Their daughter is the mother of four, who are also being homeschooled. Mike and Carolyn are co-founders of Lamp & Quill International, a devotional Bible curriculum, and co-authors of The Trojan Horse in Christian Education. Their focus is based on years of service to children and their families through Sunday schools, Christian school teaching and as the church Director of Christian Education. Carolyn has been credentialed or certified in several states. Mike and Carolyn met while Mike was in college, and they were participating in a college discipleship ministry. Both Mike and Carolyn have focused on helping individuals grow in the Lord and teaching families how to pass on a godly inheritance to their children.
Mike Snavely Mike Snavely, the son of missionaries, was reared in South Africa in an area that teemed with remarkable creatures, and he had a wide variety of fascinating experiences which helped to mold his future. After graduating from Oak Hills Christian College in Minnesota, he returned to South Africa to work in Kruger National Park. In 1986, he and his wife, Carrie, went to South Africa as missionaries and served at Durban Bible College. Mike and Carrie home-educated their three children. Since returning to the U.S., they founded Mission: Imperative – a ministry of teaching creation-oriented issues through a series of seminars. Mike is the author of Creation or Evolution (curriculum) and has produced many DVDs that cover various topics relative to creation issues. They also developed two unique excursions. The “Southwest Safari” is a 10-day, flood-oriented trip to the Colorado Plateau region, while the “African Wildlife Safari” is a 16-day, creation-oriented tour to South Africa. You can read more about Mike at
Nada Rothgaber Nada Rothgaber has been happily married to her husband, Doug, for over 36 years. Both were trained and worked as professional educators. When they first heard about homeschooling, they thought it would never work. Nada taught for 13 years in both the public schools and at the college level. They have one son, Joshua, a homeschool graduate. They served on the board of the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) for 14 years. Since Doug's early retirement from Penn State University, they have been traveling in their motorhome. They spend warm winters in the southwest and summers in the north. In January of 2009 they resigned from the CHAP Board in order to continue to serve homeschoolers in a different capacity - being the convention coordinator for the CHAP Homeschool Convention. You can reach Nada at or if you can follow their travel blog at
Nick Logan Nick Logan is a homeschooling father of nine. He and his wife have homeschooled since 1992. Nick is the CEO of Cornerstone Payment Systems, a National Credit Card Processing Company, and the founder of Talents2Work.
Norm Wakefield Norm Wakefield is the Executive Director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International. He and his wife Alma live in Bulverde, TX. They began homeschooling their four children in 1984. Norm has been a keynote and conference speaker at state and international homeschool conventions since 1992. God has given him a pastor/teacher’s heart to teach how the gospel applies to all relationships and circumstances in life. You can see more of Norm’s ministry at
Phillip Johnson Phillip E. Johnson is Professor of Law, emeritus, at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of 5 books on Darwinian evolution and its naturalistic philosophy, including Darwin on Trial (1991) and The Wedge of Truth (2000). He is the recognized leader of the Intelligent Design Movement, which is demonstrating in our colleges and universities that the evidence of science refutes the Darwinian worldview, and points forcefully to the reality of the God of the Bible as our Creator.
Phillip Telfer Phillip is the founder and director of Media Talk 101 which he began in 2005. He is author of the book What Wouldn't Jesus Do? Media choices in the light of following Christ, and has ministered to youth and families over the last 20 years, sharing at camps, retreats, conferences, Christian schools and church services around the country. Phillip is also passionate about family-integrated church and ministry, and has served as a co-pastor at Living Water Fellowship in Bulverde, TX, with Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler, and was former director and teacher at Living Water School of Ministry. He and his wife Mary have been married for 19 years and home educate their four children.
Ray Notgrass Ray Notgrass is a homeschooling father of six children, including three homeschool graduates. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in history and a Master's Degree in religion. He has written (with much help from his family) the high school curricula Exploring America: History, Literature, and Faith and Exploring World History: History, Literature, and Faith, as well as two state history curricula. He and his family operate the Notgrass Company, which produces original, Bible-based homeschool materials on several subjects and grade levels.
Renee Ellison Mrs. Ellison has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education--in Christian, private, secular, and home school settings. She has been home educating for 11 years. Renée has taught nearly all grade levels, and was an elementary principal, head of a high school English department, was awarded Teacher of the Year, developed and ran gifted and talented programs, and has conducted numerous teacher training workshops. Renée invented the Snapshot Typing system of learning how to touch-type, which has been sold to individuals and schools around the world, as has her similar system for learning how to play the piano. As a Bible-believing home-schooling mom, she delights in using her professional background as a teacher to help others teach and train more effectively at home. Renée and her husband are the parents of one child (several more in heaven), and co-labor on all CROSS-OVER products to assist families in moving from Point A to Point B by the most effective means possible.
Representative Daryl Metcalfe For many years, Representative Daryl Metcalfe has been a champion for issues which face Christian parents in Pennsylvania. He continues to be a family-friendly voice in the Pennsylvania legislature and is currently running for Lieutenant Governor in our state. Representative Metcalfe lives in Cranberry Township with his wife, Elke, and daughter, Lisa. He has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as the Pennsylvania General Assembly''s "No. 1 Conservative," and a multiple-time, highest-ranking lawmaker on the Pennsylvania Liberty Index, He has worked to advance a fiscally conservative, pro-taxpayer agenda and protect the lives, jobs and property of residents from unlawful invasion and illegal immigration. During his tenure, Representative Metcalfe has been a leader on the issues of taxpayer protection, education reform, ending Pennsylvania''s illegal alien invasion, the preservation of Second Amendment freedoms, outlawing teacher strikes and Right to Work. His other legislative initiatives include proposals to completely eliminate property taxes in the Commonwealth and requiring voter referendum for any and all future local tax increases. He has worked with CHAP and HSLDA on homeschooling issues, parental rights issues, and proposed marriage amendment in Pennsylvania.
Representative Samuel E. Rohrer Since his remarkable election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1992, Sam Rohrer has been one of the leading voices for state government reform and family-affirming public policies. His outspoken support for constitutional principles has been the hallmark of his public service. More than opposing negative public policies, Sam has been a champion for consensus-building public policy alternatives and solutions. The son of a union steelworker, Sam strongly advocates issues that impact working families. By promoting the role of parents in their children's education, opposing tax increases on employees and workers, and crafting landmark legislation to eliminate school property taxes, Sam continues to build broad bipartisan coalitions on a range of important issues. Sam and his wife Ruth Ann are the parents of six children and three grandchildren. The Rohrer family considers their commitment to faith and family as their highest priorities.
Rhonda Barfield Rhonda Barfield is a professional homemaker, wife to Michael, homeschool teacher and mother of Eric (15), Christian (14), Lisa (12) and Mary (10). She is the author of Feed Your Family for $12 a Day (formerly Eat Healthy for $50 a Week),15-Minute Cooking, and Real Life Homeschooling: 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home. In addition, Rhonda is C.E.O., publicist, secretary and janitor of Lilac Publishing, the Barfields' family business.
Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler As president and founder of Mantle Ministries, for over 30 years, Richard "LittleBear" Wheeler has had the unique privilege in ministry of communicating faith and family-building messages over a span of two generations of home-educated families throughout North America, as well as overseas. "Little Bear" and wife, Marilyn, have been married for 36 years, and as veteran homeschool parents of 3 adult children, they are now enjoying the mantle of grand-parenthood. Also at the home front, Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler serves as co-pastor of Living Water Fellowship Church—a family-integrated fellowship in Bulverde, Texas. On the ministry field, through dramatic presentations and portrayals, "Little Bear" continues to equip, challenge, and inspire audiences of all ages with timely messages of biblical truth and character sketches involving the providence of God throughout history and the relevance of a growing faith in Christ Jesus today.
Rick Boyer & Marilyn Boyer Rick and Marilyn Boyer are among the early trailblazers of the homeschooling movement. Beginning in 1980, they have taught all of their 14 children from kindergarten through high school. Building on their experience, Rick and Marilyn have written several popular books on homeschooling, Christian parenting and national reformation. Their passion for putting Christian character at the top of their educational priorities resulted in the creation of the Character Concepts homeschooling curriculum. Rick's books include Home Educating with Confidence, Take Back the Land, The Socialization Trap, and The Hands-on Dad. Rick's speaking ministry has taken him from Massachusetts to California and from Europe to Japan. In addition to addressing homeschool conventions and churches across America, he is also the main speaker for the Take Back the Land Conference, a one-day gathering for homeschooled young people and their parents to train leaders for Christian cultural reformation. In addition, he is known to thousands of children through his "Uncle Rick" audio recordings. Rick's speaking style is a blend of homespun humor and a driving passion for God, families and revival in America. Marilyn's passion for putting Christian character at the top of her educational priorities resulted in the creation of the Character Concepts homeschooling curriculum. Marilyn has authored several books including Parenting from the Heart, Hands-On Character Building, and For You They Signed. Her combination of compassion, godly wisdom and rich insight into the hearts of children has made her a cherished resource for homeschooling moms all across America.
Rob Caprera With Julie, his wife of 31 years, Rob is the father of three home educated children, Paul (27), Ashley (25), and Michael (17). After graduating from Duke University ('76) and Nova University Law School ('79), Rob entered private law practice with his father in Southbridge, MA, in 1979. In 1995 Rob began teaching Torts and Evidence at Oak Brook College of Law. Rob considers it a privilege to have been able to serve on the Board of MassHOPE with Julie since 1994.
Scott Somerville, Esq. Scott Somerville is a Staff Attorney at the Home School Legal Defense Association, where he has worked since 1992. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1992. Mr. Somerville graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1979, and worked as a computer programmer prior to entering law school. Scott has represented HSLDA member families in nineteen states and the District of Columbia. He has also written and taught on parental rights law and theory. Among his other duties, Scott works for the Center for the Original Intent of the Constitution, where he writes “friend of the court” briefs for the United States Supreme Court. Scott is married to Marcia Lawrence Somerville (Dartmouth, 1980) who has taught all six children (three boys, three girls) at home from preschool to the present.
Scott Wightman Scott Wightman and the Wightman family established the Homeschool Sampler bookstore in the St. Louis area and Scott and Kris have been regular speakers on this topic of college alternatives. Scott holds a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and was a founding elder in their local church. He also continues a career in business. Kris has homeschooled their eight children from the start, going back to 1989.
Shelley Noonan Author and female Christian conference speaker Shelley Noonan's passion is to assist parents in recapturing the lost art of mentoring. Oftentimes as parents, we teach a little here and a little there and just hope and pray that our children "turn out" or we can teach our children with purpose on purpose the morals, values and standards we want them to possess. This process of purposeful teaching is called mentoring. Shelley and her husband Robert have over 13 years of homeschooling experience with their three, now grown, children. She presents a wide variety of topics and uses the experience of homeschool and life to motivate and challenge the workshop attendee. Her message will not only touch your heart but encourage the listener in the high calling of parenting on purpose so that future generations will know, serve and love the Lord. Shelley is the co-author of The Beautiful Girlhood series and The Party Book!
Shellie Glass Shellie Glass has homeschooled her 2 children from kindergarten to college in 4 different states and the District of Columbia. She and her husband, Demetrius, were homeschool support group leaders in Bellville, IL and in Washington DC, where they actively recruited Black and other minority families into homeschooling. They were also forerunners in challenging the PA homeschooling law by refusing to provide their local school superintendent with anything but a letter indicating they were homeschooling each year, and at the end of the year, informing the superintendent that they had completed another year of homeschooling. Shellie is a registered Pennsylvania homeschool evaluator and test administrator and can hardly wait until the PA lawmakers make her an "unemployed" PA homeschool evaluator. She teaches quilting classes and has developed a variety of unit study curriculum. She has also taught master's degree courses for Clarion University. For her next project she plans on working towards her Ph.D.. Hey, why not?
Stan John Stan John is first and foremost the husband to LeAnn, his bride of 27 years, and a homeschooling father of four. In some circles, he is known as the dad who schooled his son through grades 7-12. Stan John has been at Focus on the Family for 24 years, where he currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Ministry Development. Stan's passion is to seek the big picture of global trends and to provide leadership by applying visionary principles to every aspect of life. In doing so, Stan served in launching Focus on the Family's Adoption and Orphan care initiative, Church initiative, and works with the Focus International offices to expand the reach of the ministry around the world. He is currently working on establishing a partnership with Home Education leaders across the nation to establish a network of families who will minister to families. Stan has trained hundreds of homeschool families to be hosts of Focus on the Family's TRUTH PROJECT, a comprehensive Biblical worldview study for small groups. His vision is to see the Homeschool movement re-establish a "Culture of Family" in our nation, producing health in struggling communities and churches.
Steve Demme Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. Their website is
Steve Hake Steve Hake has an M.Div. in theology and is an ordained minister. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature and was a tentmaking college professor and missionary in Taiwan for many years. More recently, he launched Rivendell Study Center. What he is currently most excited about is teaching English literature full-time at Patrick Henry College. He is also a home schooling father of seven.
Steve Maxwell & Teri Maxwell Beginning their homeschooling adventure in 1985, Steve and Teri Maxwell are the parents of eight. Their six homeschool graduate children are now wage-earning adults while the other two remain active homeschool students. Steve and Teri have authored many books for homeschooling families. The Maxwells write free monthly e-mail articles that can be subscribed to at For more information on the Maxwells visit
Susan Chrisman Susan and Jerry Chrisman were pioneer homeschoolers, beginning their journey in home education in 1985. The Chrismans have five children and three grandsons. They have served on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators' Consociation since 2001. Susan is the Editor of Publications and the Leaders' Retreat Coordinator. She also co-directs the Oklahoma City Charlotte Mason Discussion Group, and has published a homeschool resource called The Practical Planner for Home Education which is available on her website at Susan founded a resource service called Lifelong Learners to encourage parents (especially moms) in the training and education of their children. She speaks to support groups, at moms' retreats, and at homeschool conventions. Susan's heart and calling are to guide moms in understanding the true education of the whole person, an application of Mark 12:30: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."
Susan Kemmerer Susan Kemmerer is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Homeschool Supermom…NOT!. She and her husband Dale have nine children, and by God’s grace, have been homeschooling since 1989. Seven of their children are graduated and two are still school-age. Susan has authored a number of textbooks, including her newest (a Bible study) Fencing Lessons, as well as Apples Daily Spelling Drills and other titles. Susan has spoken at homeschool conferences across the country. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and needlework. Besides spending time with their children and grandchildren (13 of them!), the Kemmerer’s love spending time in fellowship with believers in their local church. They run their business Schoolhouse Publishing from their home in Franconia, PA.
Susan Richman Susan Richman is a homeschool mother of four, evaluator in Pennsylvania, coeditor of PA Homeschoolers, and author of Writing from Home, 3R's at Home, and Math by Kids. Also, she is currently teaching an on-line Internet course helping homeschool students prepare for the AP US History exam.
The Mallys The Mally family began homeschooling in 1990. They have a ministry called Tomorrow’s Forefathers to encourage and equip other families to be strong in the Lord. In 2002 Sarah, Stephen, and Grace co-authored the book, Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends. Sarah is the founder of Bright Lights, a discipleship ministry to equip young ladies to live fully for the Lord. Today there are more than 700 Bright Lights groups that have started internationally. In 2006 Sarah published the book Before You Meet Prince Charming. In 2012 Grace published a book geared to young people to equip them to witness. It is entitled Will Our Generation Speak? A Call to be Bold with the Gospel. The Mallys continue to run Bright Lights conferences for mothers and daughters, witnessing conferences for whole families, and to write new books and resources.
Thomas Clark Thomas Clark is an award-winning teacher and Mathematics author, with 50 years of teaching experience at all levels. As a result of all of his work, he is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics, and is now known as the “why” guy, speaking throughout the country on concept development, specifically specializing in Mathematics instruction for homeschooling families. In the last 24 years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that have successfully challenged traditional methods of instruction, specifically directing his attention toward helping all parents to become more effective homeschool instructors. He is the author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, and is president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology. Currently, his materials are available in print and DVD form, in online form, and can now be accessed on Pads, and iPhones. Tom’s website is
Todd Wilson Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more about Todd at
Tom Hunsberger Tom Hunsberger is a "Born-Again" Christian with more than thirty years experience in the education and training of children and adults. He has sought God's wisdom in the area of teaching and learning, and identified various "obstacles" to learning. He teaches how anyone can be a more "efficient learner" no matter what their ability level. He and his wife Carol have been part of the home-education movement for more than twenty-two years, home-educating all three of their children, the youngest being twenty-one. He also is a certified Pennsylvania portfolio evaluator and can evaluate portfolios for families with special needs children.
Tom Shaheen Tom Shaheen is the Research & Project Director at the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a research and education organization, associated with Focus on the Family, that focuses on policies and cultural trends that impact families. For the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Tom analyzes legislation and trends, writes and edits newsletters, reports, position papers, opinion pieces and legislative alerts, and works with legislators to advance pro-family positions. Tom previously served as the Administrative Director for Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, an alternative-to-abortion ministry in Lebanon and Lancaster counties. Tom holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Regent University and a B.A. in business management from Moravian College. Originally from Easton, Pa., Tom and his wife Kathy homeschool their two sons (ages 8 and 10) and two daughters (11 and 15) and reside in Annville, Lebanon County.
Tyler Hogan Tyler Hogan is the president and chief curriculum designer at Bright Ideas Press. He resides in Dover, Delaware, with his wife, Helen, and their adorable children, Kaylee, Avalon, Sierra, and Aiden. He and Helen are both homeschool graduates and now homeschooling parents. Tyler has spoken, performed, and taught classes around the world on homeschooling, geography, the arts, and worldview. He serves as president of Grace for Dover, a nonprofit Christian community development organization. In his “spare time,” he teaches homeschool co-op classes, reads good books, and drinks tea. He has a BA in theatre from Belhaven University and always enjoys the adventure of lifelong learning. You can read more about Tyler at his company’s website
Vicki Bentley Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to twenty wonderful grandbabies and one great-grandbaby (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and led a local support group of over 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps. She currently serves as the Toddlers to Tweens consultant and Group Services director for HSLDA. Vicki has a heart for parents, with practical wisdom and encouraging words. You can contact her through the following websites:
Voddie Baucham, Jr. Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary. Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God's word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged. Voddie's area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life. It is impossible to understand Voddie's approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it's like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to 'outsiders' in ways few Bible teachers can. Voddie Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England (Regent's Park College). Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have eight children, Jasmine, Trey (Voddie, III), Elijah, Asher, Judah, Micah, Safya and Amos. They are committed home educators.
Wanda Gilbert Wanda Gibert is the owner of Heritage House Press, a Christian publishing company dedicated to printing quality literature which encourages families to leave a spiritual legacy for their children. A homeschool veteran and visionary, Wanda has served on the board of Illinois Christian Home Educators for twenty years. Wanda is the author of two books providing instruction and encouragement for moms. Currently, she is a contributing writer for The Girlhood Home Companion. Wanda speaks frequently at home-school conferences, MOP's groups and women's retreats offering spiritual insight with practical application. Wanda resides in northern Illinois with her husband John, six children and one spunky granddaughter, Nyel.
Wayne Tully Wayne Tully, the CEO of the National Driver Training Institute, a Non Profit Organization and author is a national expert on driver education and training. As founder of National Driver Training Institute, Tully developed the nation's first graduated driver licensing (GDL) program Help for the Teenager Who Wants to Drive. This program has been a guideline across the country aiding lawmakers in creating teen driving laws for parent directed driver education. Because of his experience and knowledge, Tully is frequently asked to speak to lawmakers who are creating legislation across the nation requiring parental involvement in the driver education process. He continues to testify before the State House of Representatives and the State Senate on the improving results for GDL and parent-taught driver education. He has co-authored, supplied witnesses, and/or financially supported a change in driver education and training laws in 28 states. Each of those 28 states carries a victory for parents and teens. This last year, Tully, one of 28 people chosen from around the world, addressed the National Traffic Safety Board in Washington DC on the effectiveness of Parent Taught Driver Education.
Wendy Orth Wendy Orth has been quite contentedly married to her husband Dave for 23 years now, and is a delighted mom to 6 children ages 10 - 20 years old. This is her 16th year homeschooling her children, who have never been out of the home for any of their K-12 schooling. Two of her children have now graduated from high school and one from college. Wendy is the convention coordinator for MassHOPE, the Massachusetts Christian homeschool organization. She shares her old farmhouse home with 5 of her children, her husband, her father, a semi-psychotic dog, a lazy cat, and some occasionally neglected tropical fish, as well as a hive of bees.
William Waddell Bill Waddell currently serves as the Director of the Mission Command and Cyberspace Division of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of Cyber Security at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County teaching graduate students on a part time basis. He is also a retired Naval Aviator. Bill, the father of 5 now adult homeschooled children, recently retired as the Northeast Director of the International ALERT Cadet ministry which focuses on the development of the father/son relationship and the development of Godly character in young men. Bill and his wife Sharon have been married for 29 years, having lived in Central Pennsylvania for the last 18 of those years. Their children include Gabe, an attorney in California; Holly, a second grade teacher in Oregon; David, who is aspiring to go into law enforcement, and Dan and Heidi who are still at home for their final years of home education. Bill is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse with a degree in education, and has graduate degrees from the US Naval War College and Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Currently Bill is the worship leader at their church, and leads the young adult group.
Woody Robertson As a first generation homeschool graduate, Woody Robertson has been where most students are now and desires to help them wisely answer some of life's biggest questions concerning their future. Woody is passionate about coming alongside the American family and their college-bound students with alternative resources that will help them save time, money and most importantly strategically equip them for leadership! A frequent motivational speaker at conferences nationwide, Woody thrives in rallying and organizing teams, families, and students for greater efficiency and impact in our culture today. You'll find his sessions innovative and inspiring. Be prepared to get knocked outside of your educational box. In 2006, he earned his accredited BSBA in General Management in 18 months for under $10k and now resides in San Antonio, TX, with his wife Gina—the girl of his dreams!