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Homeschool Convention SpeakersBeyond the fellowship, renewal, and encouragement, Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions are also known for great speakers. When we talk about a waterfall of encouragement, this is what we are talking about. Be prepared!! There will be more great speakers at a Teach Them Diligently event than you can hear. Each hour, you will be privileged to hear some of the best speakers addressing families in the country. So start in prayer, and you are sure to be revived and refreshed by the great group of speakers at Teach Them Diligently this year. There is something for everyone.

* please note that speakers may vary by location

In 2015, our conventions will take place in Nashville, TN ( N ), Atlanta, GA ( A ), Sandusky, OH ( S ), and Dallas, TX ( D ). Our new website will be launching next week with more information about our speakers at each site, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the awesome ladies and gentlemen already on the list! God has brought together so many great speakers that 2015 is guaranteed to be AMAZING!
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Pamela Arroyo

Dallas
Pamela Arroyo
Enjoy! LLC

In 2006 as my husband and I were driving to set up for our first Thanksgiving Dinner as a class, I wondered what game could be played in this unique group. Our class called Escuela de la Biblia or School of the Bible meets on Sunday mornings. It is a mixed group composed of members who speak Spanish only and English only. We had been asked to start the class and to have one activity a month. In my family we play board games after Thanksgiving dinner. As I pondered that I asked the Lord...

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Enjoy! LLC

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Laura Baker

Nashville
Laura Baker
Prasso Ministries

Laura Baker loves teaching God's Word. Prasso, the 12 week discipleship program she wrote in 1992 allows individuals to learn the truth about God and the truth about themselves. Prasso is multifaceted with programs tailored to men's, women's and teen ministries. Homeschool parents will want to review this life-changing biblical tool.

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Prasso Ministries

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Carol Barnier

Nashville
Carol Barnier

It's always been important to Carol to give people something they can take home and use right away. Whether it's teaching fractions to a distractible student or reconnecting with the heart of a prodigal who is walking away. . .if you don't take away something that makes a difference in your life, you may as well have stayed at home and gotten the laundry done.Carol is a fresh, fun and popular Christian conference speaker unlike any youve heard before. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that on most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato.While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. She may speak about her first born sons 13 surgeries, her own familys many ADHD challenges, or her personal faith walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of Gods amazing grace. But whatever the topic, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows.A word that is often used by those whove heard Carol is hilarious. But almost as often youll hear the word transparent. She share snapshots of life, some pretty, some not so much, but always with an eye for the truth to be taken from living.

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Jan Bedell

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Jan Bedell
Little Giant Steps

Jan Bedell, M Ed., M.ND, also known as the Brain Coach™, is a master neurodevelopmentalist. She founded the Christian neuro-educational consulting and training group, Little Giant Steps (LGS). As a professional educator she has experienced education in public, private and as a home-school mom. Her approach to learning is life-changing as all learning begins with efficient brain function. She invites all to acquaint themselves with her Neuro-Educational Approach to learning. It makes learning much easier and long lasting, as it has with her own family, students, and clients. The Neurodevelopmental Approach to education works and Jan has been sharing it through curriculum shes developed, testing, evaluations, neuro-individualized, as well as school, intervention programs for over two decades. Helping parents and children discover their God-given abilities and full potential while leaving labels, and learning issues in the past is Jan Bedells passion and her God-ordained lifes work.

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Little Giant Steps

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Debra Bell

Atlanta Sandusky
Debra Bell
DebraBell.com

Dr. Debra Bell knows homeschooling! She knows a lot about planning from her experience as both a high school and college English teacher, and from personally homeschooling with herfour childrenfrom grades K-12.Education comes easily to Debra, whose parents were both public school teachers. She holds a B.S. in communications education and a Masters in English. She completed her doctoral program in educational psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her personal and educations combined in research work identifying why, how and when homeschooling works.Debra is best-selling author of the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens and Ultimate Planners. Debra blogs regularly about education, brain science and homeschooling through her website, debrabell.com.Homeschool parents commend Dr. Bells knowledgeable advocacy, approachable style, and her appreciative perspective for the challenges of homeschooling.

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DebraBell.com

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Chuck Black

Sandusky Dallas
Chuck Black
Perfect Praise Publishing

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Perfect Praise Publishing

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Susan Bowman

Atlanta
Susan Bowman
YouthLight, Inc.

Susan is a certified school counselor K-12 and a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in helping troubled youth and their families. She is a former social worker and middle and high school guidance counselor. She has conducted seminars throughout the U.S. and abroad for professional educators on creative strategies for working with troubled adolescents. Her book Breaking Free: A Memoir of A Teenage Runaway is about her personal journey which started when she dropped out of 8th grade and ran away from home. By age nineteen, with three children, she finally broke free of the toxic relationship with her daughter’s father, was divorced, and had to depend on welfare as her only means of financial support. Through faith in God and perseverance she worked her way out of poverty and through college and eventually received an Educational Specialist degree. This experience has given Susan a unique ability to encourage high-risk adolescents and teen moms.

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YouthLight, Inc.

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Benham Brothers

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Benham Brothers
Benham Companies

Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, are former professional baseball players and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs whose business success earned them a reality TV show with HGTV. The Benhams found themselves in the middle of a cultural firestorm when their show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to traditional/biblical values. They chose not to back down but to fight, and they're encouraging others to do the same. They are married to Lori and Tori and have 9 children

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Benham Companies

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Rachael Carman

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Rachael Carman
Apologia

Rachael Carman is a wife and mother, and she is passionate about both roles. She and Davis have been married twenty-five years, and they have been blessed with seven children ranging in age from 9 to 22. Her journey into homeschooling included a bumpy start, but she is grateful that God brought her to this place. She is thankful for the daily experience of His faithfulness and grace in this adventure of a lifetime.Since 2002, Rachael has been on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education. A year later, she started Real Refreshment Retreats for homeschool moms. In 2005, she had the privilege of authoring a book for Focus on the Family entitled Soundbites from Heaven—What God Wants Us to Hear When We Talk to Our Kids.The most recent step in her journey has been to enter the world of homeschool curriculum publishing. In June 2008, Rachael and Davis became the new owners of Apologia Educational Ministries. God has given them a vision to expand the ministry of Apologia by bringing the moms retreat under its umbrella. Apologia held its first Real Refreshment Retreat in Baltimore in 2009; and the retreat has expanded to other locations, including Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, and Big Lake, Alaska. Her ultimate goal, and the Apologia mission, is to help homeschool families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith.Rachaels latest book, How to Have A H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids, is published by Apologia. She has enjoyed speaking and encouraging homeschool groups for over fifteen years. It is her hearts desire to become all God has planned for her to be for His glory. She loves challenging others to dare living in reckless, obedient faith. Rachael is quick to admit her many imperfections and share stories that highlight her shortcomings and the redemptive hand of Jesus Christ. Her humor will put you at ease; her honesty will surprise you; and her heart will inspire you to go deeper, stand firm, and be strong!

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Apologia

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Eujeana Chism

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Eujeana Chism
BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

Eujeana has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom and Home Educator for 20+ years to four wonderful children. Along with enjoying dabbling in technology and anything that might make life a little bit easier, Eujeana loves to organize and keep things from being so cumbersome. Eujeana is staying involved in her homeschool community by coordinating the HEART M&Ms (Mentoring Moms) program and is also the local group homeschool newsletter editor.

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BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

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Mark Chism

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Mark Chism
BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

Mark has had the privilege of supporting his wife and four children through the homeschooling journey of 20+ years. He and his wife, Eujeana, are from Tennessee and have been leaders of a family Home School group and counseled with many families over the years. While his wife worked the academics, Mark took the opportunity to find out what extracurricular activities each child was interested in, and he helped his children cultivate those unique interests.

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BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

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Tom Clark

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Tom Clark
VideoText Interactive

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VideoText Interactive

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Carla Joy Clements

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Carla Joy Clements
Visual Story Bible Ministries

Carla has been working with young people for the past 17 years. She has served as Bible Storying Director at Camp, Youth & Childrens Minister, Associate Missions Outreach Coordinator, Mentor, Worship Leader and Sunday School Teacher. Growing up in Georgia, Carla was very involved in her church and enjoyed participating in music & drama. She was chosen for Georgia Governors Honors Program in Drama, sang in the ACappella Choir and the Serenaders Show Choir. She had lead roles in several musicals, including the Mama in Fiddler on the Roof. Carla enjoys celebrating the Appointed Times of the LORD, worshipping God in spirit & truth with song, dance, prayer & praise. The Appointed Times of the LORD are very specific times set by God. They all point to the Messiah and have their fulfillment in and through Him. Carla says, Telling His Story is My Mission, Teaching His Appointed Times is My Passion, and Proclaiming Gods Ways and Giving Him Glory is My Goal. With Gods help and the support of friends, Carla designed & created Bible Stories of Appointed Times... a visual story bible. The series includes a One-Year Curriculum, Pictures, Drama, Bible Quilt, Patterns, Bible Quilt Supplies, Poster, Flipbook, Activities and Videos.

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Visual Story Bible Ministries

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Fayee Czarnik

Dallas
Fayee Czarnik
College Prep Made EZ, Consulting

Fayee Czarnik, homeschool mom, is a certified educator, speaker, SAT test prep instructor, and a previous high school counselor. Fayee and business partner, Stephanie Kelly, are enthusiastic about helping students find their passion and fulfill their dreams through higher education. College Prep Made EZ , Consulting was co-founded out of a desire to share our knowledge and help homeschooling families navigate the often exciting and sometimes turbulent waters of college planning. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched and one who waters will himself be watered (Proverbs 11:25).

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College Prep Made EZ, Consulting

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Karen DeBeus

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky
Karen DeBeus
Simply Living...for Him

Karen is the author of three best sellers, Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is also the owner of Simply Living for Him, and Bible Based Homeschooling. God called Karen to homeschool when her oldest was about to enter kindergarten. After thinking “I could NEVER do THAT,” God had other plans. She obeyed the call and is now, not only loving homeschooling, she is passionate about educating others about homeschooling and encouraging families along the way.

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Simply Living...for Him

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James Dobson

Nashville
James Dobson
My Family Talk

Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.” He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and is the author of more than 80 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.

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My Family Talk

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Ann Dunagan

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Ann Dunagan
Harvest Ministry

Ann is a longtime homeschooling mother of 7 children (born in 1986 to 2000, with 5 graduates, and now with 3 married-in children and new grandchildren). As a missionary speaker with Harvest Ministry (to 35 nations), Ann is co-founder of Loving Orphans (caring for 1000 children) and author of several books including The Mission-Minded Family (featured on Family Life Today and Revive Our Hearts), The Mission-Minded Child, Teaching With Gods Heart for the World, and co-author of The Scarlet Cord: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. Ann is the director of Daring Daughters (calling women to world missions) with an online radio broadcast, Dare to Rejoice! for women and teenage girls. With a passion for the Lord and the lost, Ann motivates Christian women and families for world missions.

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Harvest Ministry

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Jon Dunagan

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Jon Dunagan
Harvest Ministry

Jon is a Missionary Evangelist, Founder of Harvest Ministry (focused on preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ), and Director of HMFI --Harvest Ministry Fellowship International (overseeing 450 remote village churches in E. Africa and S.E. India). Whether witnessing one-on-one or preaching to crowds of over 50,000 people, Jon has ministered in 70 nations and on every continent, including Antarctica, from Rwandan prisons to Russian polar-expedition ships and from worn-torn Sudan to lush countrysides of Ireland. His motto is, Anywhere, provided it be forward! (from David Livingstone) and You can only export what you grow at home. He is husband to Ann (since 1987), homeschooling dad of 7 children (now with 5 graduates and 3 married-in-children), and a new grandpa. Together with Ann, Jon is co-author of The Scarlet Cord: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus (a concise call to world missions). For enjoyment, hes also an amateur wildlife safari guide (in Africa), an avid fisherman (in Oregon and Alaska), and a salmon chef.

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Harvest Ministry

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Jolanthe Erb

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Jolanthe Erb
Homeschool Creations

Jolanthe {pronounced Yo-lawn-tha} is wife to Rick, and mom to 4 children – two girls and two boys, ranging in age from 7 to 13. They homeschool all four and her days are spent trying to keep up with them all...and the house...and life in general. At Homeschool Creations, her goal is to provide families with resources in the education journey, lots of free printables, and encouragement for families – whether homeschooling or not.

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Homeschool Creations

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Stacy Farrell

Nashville Sandusky
Stacy Farrell
Home School Adventure Co.

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Home School Adventure Co.

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Nancy Fileccia

Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Nancy Fileccia
A Journey Through Learning

Nancy Fileccia is a fifteen-year homeschooling veteran and co-owner of A Journey Through Learning lapbooks with her best friend, Paula Winget. They create fun, hands-on learning products for homeschooling families. Nancy and her husband, Rusty, make their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, with their three children. When Nancy's family adopted a little blind girl from China, in 2002, they had no idea how severely their love and commitment to Candace would be challenged as they learn she has a fatal

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A Journey Through Learning

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Sharon Fisher

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Sharon Fisher
BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

Sharon Fisher holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. She has years of teaching experience and has served as an elementary author for BJU Press. She has presented workshops both nationally and internationally, but her passion is encouraging homeschool parents and Christian educators to teach children with excellence and with a biblical worldview.

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BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

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Kendra Fletcher

Nashville Dallas
Kendra Fletcher
Homeschooling in Real Life

Kendra and husband Fletch produce the popular HomeschoolingIRL podcast and blog, found at HomeschoolingIRL.com. Kendra also blogs at PreschoolersandPeace.com and kendrafletcher.com. The Fletchers reside in Central California, where they've homeschooled for 17 years, make pizzas in a brick oven, and surf and play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.

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Homeschooling in Real Life

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Todd Friel

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Todd Friel
Wretched Radio

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Wretched Radio

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Jeannie Fulbright

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Jeannie Fulbright
Apologia

Jeannie is a mother of four with a love for Gods Word, her family, homeschooling, science, and encouraging homeschool parents.After graduating from the University of Texas in 1991, she married her husband Jeff, who is an attorney in Georgia. Throughout their marriage, Jeannie and Jeff have dedicated time to teaching and encouraging families, speaking on topics such as developing a consistent walk with God and a powerful prayer life, building a strong marriage and nurturing a happy, healthy family, as well as nuts and bolts homeschooling topics.Jeannie began speaking and writing in college as a sportscaster for the University of Texas and as a headline writer with the Daily Texan. Following graduation and marriage, her writing and speaking focused on building up the Christian community, teaching marriage and parenting classes, in addition to writing articles and Bible studies. After her homeschool journey began, Jeannie discerned an immense need for Creation-based, scientifically sound, engaging, easy-to-use science curricula. Her background in science at the University of Texas, as well as her writing experience, inspired her to create the Apologia elementary science courses. Though her primary and most consuming occupation is educating her three youngest children, ranging from sixth grade through high school with the oldest at the University of Georgia, she is committed to arming parents with Creation science courses, speaking around the country and writing as the Lord leads her. During the summers, she is also working to complete her Masters in Biblical Studies.Jeannies heart is to strengthen homeschoolers with the tools they need to finish the race with success. She has written many articles for magazines and other publications and regularly speaks at retreats, workshops and conventions. You can access many of her encouraging articles on her website, www.jeanniefulbright.com where she encourages homeschoolers on their journey

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Apologia

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Kate Funk

Nashville Sandusky Dallas
Kate Funk
Ready-Made Preschool

Kate Funk is a former educator and homeschool mom to five children ranging from preschool to high school. She has been homeschooling for over 10 years and especially enjoys the preschool years. She is the founder and creator of Ready-Made Preschool, which provides early childhood homeschool curriculum programs that include the lesson plans and all the necessary materials cut, prepped and ready to use. She enjoys speaking and encouraging moms to maximize their time with their preschooler, while minimizing the time and effort it requires. She believes it is important to instill a love of learning in children early on and that this is best done by implementing a multi-sensory hands on approach to learning.

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Ready-Made Preschool

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Dave Garrison

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky
Dave Garrison
Faith & Liberty Talk Show / Ohio Christian University

David (Dave) H. Garrison, the former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (R-TX) and Executive Vice President of USAA, Inc., and the current Dean of the School of Business & Government® for Ohio Christian University, and national talk show host for The Faith & Liberty Talk Show®. Dave has been a senior executive with Fortune 100 companies such as USAA Inc., Halliburton Corporation, Brown & Root Inc., and Aetna Inc. where he managed billions in spending, while creating thousands of jobs.

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Faith & Liberty Talk Show / Ohio Christian University

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Dennis Gundersen

Nashville Atlanta Dallas
Dennis Gundersen
Grace & Truth Books

Dennis Gundersen is President and owner of Grace & Truth Books, a Christian publisher of over 60 books and has served as Senior Pastor at three Tulsa churches since 1984. He is currently devoted to writing, publishing and conference speaking. He is author of "Your Child's Profession of Faith" and “Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference?” and is a frequent speaker at home school conventions around the nation. He and his wife Naomi have been married since 1976 and have four adult sons.

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Grace & Truth Books

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Ken Ham

Nashville
Ken Ham
Answers in Genesis

Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham—president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the highly acclaimed Creation Museum (over 1.5 million visitors in four years), and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests.A biblical apologist, Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults each year (he receives 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,” etc. Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.Ken is the author of many books on Genesis, including the eye-opening book Already Gone , co-authored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer on why so many young people have left the church, the best-selling The Lie: Evolution, and a number of children’s books (Dinosaurs of Eden, D is for Dinosaur, A is for Adam, etc.). Other recent co-authored books include One Race, One Blood and How Could a Loving God …?, and has co-authored the provocative book Already Compromised about Christian colleges and how they treat the authority of the Bible.In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded four honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, a Doctor of Letters (2010) from Tennessee Temple University, and a Doctorate in Humane Letters from Mid-Continent University in Kentucky (2012).Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

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Answers in Genesis

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Mark Hamby

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky
Mark Hamby
Lamplighter Publishing

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Lamplighter Publishing

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Joan Hartley

Nashville Sandusky
Joan Hartley
Winsome Arrows Educational Services

Joan Hartley is the founder of Winsome Arrows Educational Services which exists to support special needs learners and those who teach them in the home, private school, and church. Joan is degreed and licensed in cognitive, learning, and behavioral disabilities and has over 35 years experience in a variety of school settings including her own home school. In addition to her work with Winsome Arrows, Joan volunteers for Canines for Christ with her two therapy dogs, Justice and Mercy.

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Winsome Arrows Educational Services

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Tommy Hendricks

Nashville Atlanta
Tommy Hendricks
Mega Verses

Tommy is the Children/Families Pastor at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He has a passion to challenge other men to lead their families in a Godly way. God has gifted Tommy and Jo musically and they have used their gifts to create a scripture memory program. They have put large passages of scripture to songs for the purpose of memorizing God's word. Stop by our booth in Nashville and Atlanta to see how Mega Verses can help your family develop a lifelong love for scripture!

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Mega Verses

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Joyce Herzog

Nashville Atlanta
Joyce Herzog
JoyceHerzog.com

Joyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. Joyce taught classrooms of learning disabled students in private and public schools for many years and has been working with homeschooling families for two decades. She has addressed rapt audiences of appreciative parents and teachers all across the United States and Canada. Joyce continues to reach the world through her writing, tutoring in her local area and long-distance email and telephone consultations.

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JoyceHerzog.com

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Carisa Hinson

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Carisa Hinson
1+1+1=1

Carisa and her husband have three children - a 5 year old daughter, 8 year old son, and 12 year old son. They began homeschooling when their oldest son was in Pre K, although did not fully embrace it until about midway through Kindergarten, which is about when Carisa began her blog, 1+1+1=1! Slowly, God's plan for their family became their passion also. They absolutely LOVE homeschooling now and would never go back! They feel so blessed in so many ways and are thankful God has taken them down this path!

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1+1+1=1

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Heather Laurie

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Heather Laurie
Special Needs Homeschooling

Heather Laurie is a veteran homeschooling mom of 5 and advocate for the special needs community. She is blessed with the unique challenge of raising a family with a genetic disease that causes problems from learning disabilities, autism, to strokes. Heather is always ready to encourage, support, and pray with you along the path to learning outside the box.

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Special Needs Homeschooling

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Jen Lilienstein

Nashville Atlanta Dallas
Jen Lilienstein
Kidzmet

Jen Lilienstein is a kids’ personality expert with bestselling 4.5 star book on Amazon, and has wo The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, an Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award, a Pinnacle Award, and an MIT Enterprise Forum Award. Jen is also the Founder of Kidzmet.com, and a featured contributor on LessonPlanet.com, KidzEdge.com, FamilyShare.com, DFWChild.com, HowToLearn.com, KSL.com, and many more.

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Kidzmet

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Phylicia Masonheimer

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Phylicia Masonheimer
Liberty University

Phylicia Masonheimer is a Liberty University Alum who grew up on the outskirts of the pretty bayside town of Petoskey, Michigan. Home schooled from first grade through high school graduation, she lived on a small farm with her parents and five younger siblings. Growing up, her summers were primarily spent on the beach, on the lake, or horseback riding. Phylicia first learned about Liberty University when she was fifteen years old. Her dad received a Liberty Journal in the mail and from it pinned an article by Pastor Johnnie Moore to their home refrigerator. The article was about finding God’s will for your life. Little did she know Liberty would be a key part of God’s will for her own future! During her senior year of high school, Phylicia enrolled in Liberty University Online to earn dual credit through The Edge program. At age 19, she transferred to Liberty’s residential campus in Virginia and Liberty became an integral part her life. After a summer in New Mexico leading a horseback program, she had to go back to Michigan rather than to Liberty. During that time she worked at a newspaper in Michigan, and continued praying for a return to Liberty. God opened the door in 2012, bringing her back to Virginia to work as an admissions counselor in Liberty’s Resident Admissions department. From there she transferred in to her current position working at the beautiful Hancock Welcome Center as the Coordinator of Group and Daily Visits. Phylicia is no stranger to Homeschool conventions and is excited to be speaking at all 4 Teach them Diligently conferences this Spring.

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Liberty University

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Ray Moore

Atlanta
Ray Moore
Frontline Ministries, Inc. and Exodus Mandate Project

E. Ray Moore has served for over 35 years in pastoral ministry as a campus pastor, a congregational minister, an Army Chaplain (received Bronze Star for service in Gulf War I), or director of a Christian ministry. He is author of "Let My Children Go," "The Promise of Jonadab: Building a Christian Family Legacy in a Time of Cultural Decline," executive producer of "IndoctriNation" documentary and contributor in "IndoctriNation" book. Ray and his wife, Gail, were SC Parents of the Year for 2000.

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Frontline Ministries, Inc. and Exodus Mandate Project

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Becky Muldrow

Nashville Atlanta
Becky Muldrow
Dual Credit at Home

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Dual Credit at Home

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Julia Nalle

Nashville
Julia Nalle
BiblioPlan for Families

If you spend more than a moment with Julia Nalle, you’ll find that she’s passionate about Christ, her family, adoption and classical home education. Julia and her husband Rob live in a book-filled little house in the woods of central Virginia with their three sons, the youngest of whom they adopted after learning about the sad plight of special needs children born in Eastern Europe. You can follow Julia’s blog about international special needs adoption at www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com.

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BiblioPlan for Families

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Leah Nieman

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Leah Nieman
Currclick

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Currclick

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Mary Jo Patterson

Atlanta
Mary Jo Patterson
Georgia Home Education Association (GHEA)

Mary Jo and her husband, Ken, finally started homeschooling their two children in 1984. (They "chickened out" in 1978.) They began coordinating the statewide homeschool conference in 1988 and were one of the four founding families of GHEA in 1992. Mary Jo serves on the GHEA Board and served on the National Alliance of Home Education Leadership Board until 2014. She continues to assist and counsel home school parents in Georgia. Mary Jo has been a key player in protecting and homeschool law.

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Georgia Home Education Association (GHEA)

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Rhea Perry

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Rhea Perry
Educating for Success

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Educating for Success

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Bill Potter

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Bill Potter
Landmark Events - Family Christian Tours

An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Georgia where Bill serves as an elder at Chalcedon Reformed Presbyterian Church.

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Landmark Events - Family Christian Tours

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Sandi Queen

Nashville Sandusky Dallas
Sandi Queen
Queen Homeschool Supplies, Inc.

Award-winning author of over 350 books on the Charlotte Mason style of education, Christian living, and health, veteran homeschool mom Sandi Queen and her husband Keith own Queen Homeschool Supplies, as well as The Holistic Wellness Center, both located in New Freeport, PA.

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Queen Homeschool Supplies, Inc.

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Barbara Rainey

Nashville
Barbara Rainey
Ever Thine Home

Barbara Rainey is a wife, mother of six adult children (plus three sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law), and "Mimi" to nineteen grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1971. Her husband, Dennis, whom she married in 1972, is the President of FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Barbara has published articles on family-related topic

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Sharon Riegel

Nashville
Sharon Riegel
Usborne Books & More

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David Rives

Nashville
David Rives
David Rives Ministries www.davidrives.com

The Alpha and Omega left a pattern of His fingerprints across each corner of the universe. A pattern that David Rives has devoted his life to finding and sharing. Hosting the weekly television show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN, David has gained a reputation for his bold and unapologetic biblical worldview. An author and lecturer, he travels the world combining the wonders of our Creator's universe with the clear gospel message.

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David Rives Ministries www.davidrives.com

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Amy Roberts

Nashville Dallas
Amy Roberts
Raising Arrows

Amy of RaisingArrows.net is married to her high school sweetheart, Ty, and is the homeschooling mother of 9 children.  As a blogger, conference speaker and author of several homeschooling and homemaking ebooks, including her newest release, Large Family Homeschooling, it is her deepest desire to encourage moms in the trenches to stay focused on what truly matters and live a life of abundant blessings in Christ.

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Paul Schaeffer

Nashville Sandusky Dallas
Paul Schaeffer
Memoria Press

Paul Schaeffer is the assistant director of the Classical Latin School Association and a consultant for schools and homeschoolers. He received a classical education from his parents and at school. He then went on to study philosophy in Rome, where he helped run the International Leadership Semester. He has taught middle school, high school, and college-level Latin internationally. His favorite class to teach was the 7th grade Classical Studies course at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, KY.

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Memoria Press

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Steve Scheibner

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Steve Scheibner
Characterhealth.com

Steve was born Oct. 21st 1960 in Royal Oak, Michigan. His parents worked for the Michigan Central Railroad and lived in a modest home in Livonia, Mich. In 1972, Steve and his mother moved to Chadds-Ford, PA and Steve graduated from Unionville High School in 1978. He earned a B.S. in Economics from West Chester University in 1982. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and was commissioned and trained as a pilot in 1983-84. He married his college sweetheart Megan, in July of 1984 and they began a life together that to date, has included eight children and 15 moves. Steve was deployed three times in four years flying the P3 Orion. Steve left active duty in 1991 and was hired by American Airlines the same year. He currently flies the Boeing 757 and 767 out of Boston’s Logan Airport normally flying routes that take him to the west coast. His total flight time is well over 12,000 hours. During the late 90’s, Steve started his graduate education at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale PA. He was awarded a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries in 2007. Steve earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2011 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His dissertation topic was the role of parents in the character development of children. In July of 2000, Steve, Megan, and the family, moved to Georgetown, Maine where Steve founded Cornerstone Baptist Church. The church has grown over the years and current attendance tops 225 per Sunday service. Steve remained active in the Navy Reserve. In 2001, Steve was asked to design and teach a course in Navy Core Values. The course has found broad acceptance and Steve is a highly sought after trainer and motivational speaker. More than 10,000 service members have attended his Core Values seminars, since it’s inception in early 2002. Steve and Megan are instrumental in the lives of young parents. They have developed a parenting course entitled Parenting Matters; The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent. They travel extensively, teaching weekend parenting seminars. Steve recently adapted and taught his Navy Core Values training to the entire student body and faculty of Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL. He is also the author of several books and studies. Steve and Megan have been guests on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson and The Glenn Beck TV program showcasing their Nine Practice of The Proactive Parent. In his spare time, Steve sleeps, watches the Red Sox, and drives his children to sports practice, all while attending weekly meetings of Overachiever’s Anonymous. In 2011 Steve retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy. He is currently a First Officer for American Airlines. He recently retired as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Topsham, ME. to become the President of Characterhealth Corporation; a non-profit conference ministry aimed at equipping parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.

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Characterhealth.com

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Megan Scheibner

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Megan Scheibner
Characterhealth.com

Megan was born March 13th 1962 and came home to her adoptive family March 15th. She grew up in York, PA and graduated from York Suburban H.S. in 1980. Four years later, she earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from West Chester University. She uses her degree as she teaches and speaks at conferences and women’s ministry functions, as well as in individual and couples counseling. Megan is the home schooling mother of eight beautiful children, four boys and four girls. She has been married for 29 years to her college sweetheart, Steve Scheibner. Together they have co-authored Parenting Matters, The Nine Practices of the Pro-Active Parent. She is also the author of a series of discipleship books for mothers and several devotional Bible studies. She authored, “In My Seat,” the story of Steve’s 9/11 experience, that has captivated millions on YouTube. Her newest book, “An A-Z Guide For Character-Healthy Homeschooling” provides encouragement and practical tips gained through her 20 plus years of homeschooling experience. Megan and her husband Steve share a strong desire to equip today’s parents to raise the next generation of character healthy leaders. In her spare time, she loves to run and play tennis. Megan enjoys writing, cooking, feeding teenagers, reading, and everything pertaining to the Boston Red Sox. Books by Megan: Character Matters: A Daily Step-By-Step Guide To Developing Courageous Character Eight Rules of Communication For Successful Marriages An A-Z Guide For Character-Healthy Homeschooling In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story From Sept.10th-11th. Grand Slam: A Four Week Devotional Bible Study For Christian Athletes. Rise and Shine: Recipes and Routines For Your Morning. Lunch and Literature. Dinner and Discipleship. Studies in Character. The King of Thing and The Kingdom of Thingdom.

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Characterhealth.com

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Alan Scholl

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Alan Scholl
FreedomProject Education

Alan J. Scholl, MBA is Executive Director of FreedomProject Education & Media. He has been involved in youth education for over 30 years. A featured speaker at hundreds of gatherings, he conducts seminars on American History and Government, and is the on-screen narrator for the popular “Principles of the Constitution” video series. Mr. Scholl has served as a Deacon in his church for 22 years. Alan and Doreen have seven children, seven grandchildren, and have home-educated for 28 years.

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Peter Schramm

Sandusky
Peter Schramm
Ashbrook Center

Dr. Peter Schramm is a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center and a professor of political science at Ashland University. He served as the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center from 1997-2013. Prior to coming to Ashland, he served as President of the Claremont Institute and served in the Reagan administration as an undersecretary in the Department of Education.

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Ashbrook Center

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Sonya Shafer

Nashville Sandusky Dallas
Sonya Shafer
Simply Charlotte Mason

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason. To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother's Faith Journal through Autism.

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Simply Charlotte Mason

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Kim Sorgius

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Kim Sorgius
Not Consumed Blog

Kim Sorgius is the author of Not Consumed Blog and Amazon bestseller, "Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World." She is a single homeschooling mom with an MA in Early Childhood, curriculum development. No matter what life circumstances threaten to consume, she will encourage and equip you as we build victorious families together!

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Becky Spence

Nashville Atlanta
Becky Spence
This Reading Mama

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This Reading Mama

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Jamerrill Stewart

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Jamerrill Stewart
Free Homeschool Deals

Jamerrill Stewart is the owner and creator of the wildly popular homeschool blog, FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. At Free Homeschool Deals, Jamerrill daily shares tons of homeschool freebies and all topics frugal living to help families afford the homeschool life. Jamerrill is the mother 6 six, ages 1-13, and has been homeschooling over 10 years. She and her family make their home in the rural Shenandoah Valley where the days are a full of classic, read aloud literature, sippy cups, and laundry.

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Free Homeschool Deals

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Marianne Sunderland

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Marianne Sunderland
Abundant Life

Marianne Sunderland has been married to her husband, Laurence, since 1991. She is a homeschooling mother of eight lively children ages 2 to 21, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around the world sailing campaigns. Marianne is passionate about encouraging families to discover and nuture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom. She also encourages women to joyfully love and serve their families. Her varied experiences homeschooling through difficult times and with kids who learn differently has taught her much about stepping outside the box in her own homeschool. Marianne’s blog, Abundant Life, provides weekly articles on faith, family and homeschooling that will bless and encourage you: www.mariannesunderland.com.

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Abundant Life

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Zan Tyler

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Zan Tyler
Apologia

Zan Tyler and her husband, Joe, homeschooled each of their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. When she began homeschooling in 1984, she was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. After prolonged legal battles for the rights of her family and homeschoolers in her state, Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year, and in 1998 the governor awarded her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. She has appeared on NBCs Today Show with Katie Couric.Zan is the director of Apologia Press, where her goal is to support homeschooling parents by bringing them the very best authors and biblically sound resources. A longtime speaker, writer, and homeschooling advocate, she derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging homeschooling parents across the country and around the globe. Zan says, After speaking at a conference in Japan, I spent time with a mother who said, You gave me strength because you gave me Christ. My heart soared because my greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.Zan has served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. The author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Childs Potential, she is also a popular columnist. Her articles appear in a variety of online and print publications, including HSLDAs Court Report. Zan is also the South Carolina Ambassador for the Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschool families in need.

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Apologia

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Norm Wakefield

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky
Norm Wakefield
The Spirit of Elijah Ministries

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The Spirit of Elijah Ministries

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Rosie Watson

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Rosie Watson
Total Language Plus

3-10 SentencesRosie Watson is a homeschool mother of three college graduates. As a featured convention speaker and teacher, Rosie brings to the homeschool community a wealth of knowledge and experience and a powerful message of inspiration. She is the founder and director of the Center for Home Education in Fort Worth, Texas; a homeschool haven that encompasses a curriculum store, learning center, performing arts theatre and coffee house. Rosie is a licensed facilitator for the Career Coaching for Students workshops, providing homeschool students with the tools they need to discover their God given purpose. Rosie is also the author of the writing program, The Wonder of Words. www.centerforhomeeducation.com.

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Total Language Plus

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Israel Wayne

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky
Israel Wayne
Family Renewal, LLC

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, and Questions Jesus Asks. He the Director of Family Renewal and is the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.

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Family Renewal, LLC

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David M. Wright

Nashville Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
David M. Wright
Memoria Press

David M. Wright is the Writer and Director of the Upper-School Literature Curriculum at Memoria Press. He has taught AP Literature and English with a focus on the Great Books for the last ten years. He received his master’s degree in English Literature from DePaul University in Chicago, and holds a Classical Teacher certificate from the CiRCE Institute’s 3-year Apprenticeship Program.

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Memoria Press

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Hal & Melanie Young

Atlanta Sandusky Dallas
Hal & Melanie Young
Great Waters Press / Hal and Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie Young are the homeschooling parents of eight, including six boys. They're the authors of the award winning Raising Real Men and a new book on marriage, My Beloved and My Friend. They're in their third decade of homeschooling, through eight high-risk pregnancies, three re-locations, and 181 degrees of longitude, and live in noisy familial bliss in eastern North Carolina.

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Great Waters Press / Hal and Melanie Young

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