This year’s INCH Conference has a great line-up of speakers and workshops covering a wide variety of topics. We have invited speakers who have a message of hope and encouragement with plenty of practical ideas and insight to help you as you nurture, develop, teach, disciple, and unfold the gifts in your child. We pray that you come away refreshed, re-energized, strengthened, inspired, and full of fresh ideas for the year ahead.
Kirk & Chelsea Cameron
Kirk Cameron is a television and film actor and producer, noted recently for his work in the family films SAVING CHRISTMAS and MERCY RULE, the documentaries UNSTOPPABLE and Monumental, and the inspirational film Fireproof. He is also known for his memorable roles on ABC’s Growing Pains, the Left Behind movies, and co-host of The Way of the Master television series. Kirk spends much of his time producing new television and film projects and speaking to people around the country, teaching them how to share their faith and live out a gospel centered marriage and family. Kirk and his wife Chelsea are the founders of Camp Firefly, a camp for seriously ill children and their families. Together, they live in California with their six children.
Steve & Megan Scheibner
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.
Dustin & Sarah Lolli
Dustin and Sarah Lolli are worship leaders who have been married for 16 years and have been in full time church ministry for most of their marriage. Three years ago they began a new journey as Dustin became the lead singer for the Christian band Sanctus Real.
It has been a unique and exciting calling that they have entered into as a family. They have always homeschooled their 3 children which has allowed them the flexibility to travel together at times and offer stability in an ever changing lifestyle.
This weekend they hope to share a message of grace and love through their music and offer hope and inspiration from their unique homeschooling journey.
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.
In my books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, I challenge mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to the Lord. I invite moms to join me in loving God passionately and worshiping Him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as I speak of my own struggles with perfectionism and impatience and share my challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. My honesty will surprise you, and my humor will put you at ease.
I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. My husband and I own Apologia Educational Ministries, I’m an author and speaker – I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.
Israel & Brook Wayne
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, Questions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net
Brook is a homeschooled graduate and homeschooling mother of nine. She is co-author of the book, Pitchin’ A Fit! Overcoming Angry & Stressed Out Parenting. She has contributed chapters to the books, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask.
Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related 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 and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eleven, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Steve 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.
Rob is a husband to Amy and father of 7. He serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the books God’s Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary Parenting, Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture, Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom(Randall House) and Never Too Late: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel). He and Amy also wrote Visionary Marriage and Five Reasons For Spiritual Apathy In Teens(Randall House).
College Prep Genius
Jean Burk is the author of the award-winning College Prep Genius program and is a frequent Fox News contributor who has been featured on numerous Television networks, radio shows and has been published in various magazines. Both her children were homeschooled and earned, incredible scholarships that included free college, room and board, study-abroad stipends, free grad school and free law school because of their standardized test scores. She has taught students how to ace these tests all over the USA and other countries. She is a sought-after speaker who equips, educates families on how to navigate the waters of college prep.
Faith Berens, M.Ed./Reading Specialist holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in both public and private Christian schools, serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Coordinators in 2008 and homeschools her own children, as well as works as a private educational consultant, evaluator, and tutor. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to primary age children. Faith lives in Fauquier County, VA with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey, and son Hayden.
When Teresa Moon was a university student, public speaking made her physically ill. Now she is an internationally-recognized seminar speaker, education consultant, author, and leadership coach. Teresa is founding President and CEO of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, where ordinary students become extraordinary leaders. Each year, she travels globally, leading conferences to train students, teachers, and parents to become “cultural communicators” who can impact culture through relevant communication and authentic leadership. Her Tennessee home doubles as the Institute’s Training Center, accommodating dozens of high school and college students at a time in leadership residencies. Teresa’s students have been invited to speak on tens of thousands of platforms to influence audiences for Christ – including the White House, the United States Congress, the G8 Summit, the United Nations and churches, schools and heads of state in more than twenty nations.
Hi! I’m Ginny. My husband Josh and I are parents to five children ages 10 and under and we reside in Southeast Michigan. Throughout our journey of parenthood we have consistently seen city, county, and state parks, as well as trails, campsites, and nature-scapes in general nearly devoid of children most of the time. About five years ago we started to ask ourselves a simple question, Why? With so much natural beauty all around us (even though we take it for granted at times) it seemed counterintuitive that so many outdoor spaces were just empty. So again, we said “why?”.
Elizabeth Urbanowicz is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known. Elizabeth holds a BS in Elementary Education from Gordon College, an MA in Literacy Education from Northern Illinois University, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Elizabeth spent the past ten years teaching elementary students at a Christian school and designed Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum to meet a need she found in the classroom — the need to prepare children, at an early age, to recognize, evaluate, and reject the hollow and deceptive philosophies they encounter in our culture. Elizabeth now works full time on developing comparative worldview and apologetics resources for children. Her goal is to prepare the next generation to be lifelong critical thinkers and, most importantly, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
Tara Bentley is a veteran homeschool mom of two daughters. During 13 years of homeschooling, she and her husband Mark served in leadership for 12. They currently serve together on the Board of Directors for Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE), where Tara also serves as the Executive Director. Always juggling work, family, and multiple responsibilities, Tara loves encouraging moms who often feel like they just aren’t enough.
Mike has been married to his wife Kim for almost 31 years. They are the parents of ten children, ages 9 to 26, all homeschooled, with five graduates so far. They also have four grandchildren. Mike and Kim met while attending Hope College, where he received his BA in Religion. Since college, Mike has worked as an associate pastor, insurance agent, and insurance company manager, but has served in full time ministry for the past 21 years with CBMC—Connecting Business Men to Christ, as a spiritual coach for business and professional men. Mike’s weekly coaching blog can be accessed at knowgodcoach.com. In 2008, he also became the Executive Director of MICHN, the Michigan Christian Homeschool Network, when he and Kim assumed responsibilities for coordinating Michigan’s annual INCH Conference.
Dave & Steve Kallman
Stephen P. Kallman was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in November of 2011. He works with his father, David Kallman at their firm, Kallman Legal Group. It was their firm which litigated the case which made homeschooling legal in the State of Michigan. Stephen was homeschooled and graduated in 2003. He finished his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law/Business Administration in 2008. He then received his Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He graduated Cum Laude and made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll every term while in law school. Stephen married his wife, Paige, in 2010 and they have a four year old son, Tyler, and a two year old daughter, Millie.
The Literacy Ladies
We’re The Literacy Ladies and we’re excited and honored to be back at the INCH Conference again this year! A little about us…we’re teachers and Mamas and love both our passion for education and each of our families. We love Jesus and are both active in our churches and in trying to serve our communities because we believe in loving others and giving back. You can often catch us devouring picture books & YA novels – looking for great reads that will inspire AUTHENTIC & ENGAGED reading, creating resources for students, teachers, and homeschool families to go with these, and chasing toddlers around somewhere in between. We believe in families having the opportunity to choose the educational setting that is best for their children and get excited about helping in any way we can to boost the confidence of young readers and writers and those that teach them!
We love empowering educators and families through providing them with literacy curriculum and resources as well as professional development. With over a decade as classroom teachers, we have developed a teaching style that reflects research based strategies embedded with authentic and meaningful learning opportunities – and we are honored to have the opportunity to inspire those we work with to use these practices to make an impact with their own children. That’s why we love creating and sharing literacy resources for homeschool families from Pre-K-12th grade.
Follow The Literacy Ladies on TeachersPayTeachers, Instagram, Facebook, and directly at our website: www.theliteracyladies.net to make sure you are among the first to hear when we have new resources or events available to you! Come see us this year at INCH – we can’t wait to meet you!
Mary Grace Braatz
Mary Grace Braatz has spoken in many venues on topics such as the role of suffering in our lives, finding joy in difficult circumstances, adoption not abortion, and finally, (one of her favorite topics), homeschooling! She considers homeschooling to be one of the most difficult, challenging, painstaking, REWARDING things she has ever done! She has a heart for parents “in the trenches” and considers it an honor to be speaking at INCH for the second time. Mary Grace has been a wife for 28 years and a mom for 26. She has 4 grown children – one married (financial planner), one engaged (medical device sales rep), one at Liberty University (studying news broadcasting), and one headed to Northwood University (studying dealer management) in the Fall. Mary Grace is a “veteran” of the trenches and is witty, engaging, relatable and inspiring!
Over the last twenty years, Karen Strachan and her husband have had 2 biological children, fostered more than 40 children and legally adopted 11 of them. Many of the children they fostered and adopted experienced abuse and heartache before coming to the Strachan’s home. Traumatized and unable to find stability in foster care, the Strachan family was often called upon to help them heal. Through her faith, Karen has lived her life’s mission to provide love to children in need. To forward that mission, she shares the knowledge from years of experience with other parents.
With her breath of experience and through her business, Fostering Life Ministries, Karen presents at multiple venues including public speaking, providing trainings for DHS and non-profit organizations, consulting directly with foster and adoptive families, and much more. Karen shares her stories along with humorous antidotes and effective strategies. Her goal is to help all current, and potential, parents feel empowered to love their children as they are as well as educated on methods for working with children and families in difficult situations.
As part of her trainings Karen shares her knowledge from over 20 years of homeschooling for her birth children, adopted children, and children within her community. Karen provides guidance on how, along with strengthening academic weaknesses, homeschooling can help create a bridge for bonding and building relationships and trust. In addition, she will share how children who have experienced traumatic events or have emotional impairment can gain much needed nurturing, life skills, social skills, and approaches to help them teach themselves as well as regulate themselves, all through homeschooling.
Aubrey Malcolm has been teaching children for as long as she can remember. Aubrey spent 10 years as a preschool teacher before beginning her career as a homeschool mom, teaching both at home and at many co-ops. Her teaching style is known for being fun, messy, a bit chaotic, and usually loud. Aubrey and her husband, Dan, have been married for 21 years and just graduated their daughter, who had been homeschooled since kindergarten. Aubrey had so much fun the first time around, that she is starting all over this fall by homeschooling kindergarten and preschool with her 2 youngest kiddos.
Shelly Smith is married to her college sweetheart and is the mother of two fabulous children. She has been homeschooling for almost 20 years. Shelly holds Bachelors of Arts degree in Theater/Speech/Communications and English with a secondary Michigan teaching certificate from Siena Heights University. With over twenty years of teaching, it has been her passion to enrich the lives of children. Shelly teaches grammar, composition, and literary analysis to area homeschooled children when she is not touring Michigan with her interactive theater.
“It is my greatest joy to create and inspire. I thrive in chaos and hullabaloo with a side of shenanigans. I believe learning occurs when students are engaged, active and intrigued.” —Shelly Smith