Eric and Leslie Ludy
Eric and Leslie Ludy are the founders of Ellerslie Mission Society, Bravehearted Christian, and its family of ministries including Set Apart Girl, Set Apart Motherhood, and EricLudy.com. Bestselling authors and speakers who have published twenty-seven books, Eric and Leslie have shared their message around the country, overseas, and on virtually every conceivable Christian media platform for the last twenty-five years. As a strong voice in the Church today, the Ludys’ poignant books and powerful messages present a clarion call to a return to triumphant, Bible-centered, Christ-empowered Christianity.
Elizabeth Johnston (Activist Mommy)
Elizabeth Johnston is a best-selling author, speaker, and blogger who educates and inspires the public on the burning social and moral issues of the day. She and her husband Patrick have been pro-life ministry leaders for many years and home educate their 10 beautiful children. The growing threat to America’s children and the vicious attack on religious liberty is what dynamited Elizabeth out of her comfort zone to inspire a nation of belittled conservatives and Christians to “come out of their closets” and boldly take their country back. Elizabeth regularly posts viral commentary and witty videos which have netted over 70 million views. Elizabeth has been featured on many major media outlets, such as Fox & Friends, The New York Times, The Blaze, and Christian Broadcasting Network, as she has become a thought leader on topics of importance to families. The pulse behind all her activism and cultural commentary is her love for her family and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sam Black, a vice president at Covenant Eyes, train moms and dads across the US and Canada on parenting the internet generation and protecting our kids online. Sam is the author of The Porn Circuit, which examines the impact of porn use on the brain. He joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist. He edited 16 books on the impact of pornography and how to protect our families. Married for 24 years, he is a father of two.
Mike is an HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of Global Outreach. He serves as HSLDA’s staff attorney for the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, and West Virginia and, as Director of Global Outreach, coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom around the world. He is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick Henry College, where he teaches constitutional law.
Mike’s previous experience includes combat service during the first Persian Gulf War as a United States Army cavalry officer, private legal practice, and founding a nationally ranked internet marketing firm. He holds a juris doctorate with honors from the Boston University School of Law as a Paul J. Liacos Scholar and an LLM with merit in Constitutional and Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. He is a member of six federal and state bars.
Pamela Gates is a Certified Learning Specialist in the Dianne Craft Learning System and a Certified Natural Health Professional. She has 18 years’ experience working with bright, hard-working, but struggling students. Pamela’s workshops are filled with practical teaching strategies that parents find easy to implement right away. Pam’s own daughter, Breanna, had severe auditory processing dyslexia. Using Dianne Craft’s three-pronged approach (midline therapy, alternative teaching methods, and nutritional intervention), Breanna overcame her dyslexia and earned her MA in Education from UC-Denver. They now work together, using these methods with families of struggling learners in Denver, Colorado. Parents find Pam’s workshops to be lighthearted and life-changing.
Luke and Trisha Gilkerson
Luke and Trisha are owners of the popular website for Christian parents, Intoxicated On Life, and are authors of dozens of books and courses for Christian parents and homeschooling families. Luke has a Masters in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary and Trisha has a Masters in Counseling from Michigan State University.
Bob Hazen has had a wide variety of experience in math education during his 31-year teaching career – homeschooling dad; experienced secondary math classroom teacher; columnist for a nationally known homeschool magazine; frequent speaker at homeschool co-ops, homeschool conferences, and professional math conferences; elementary math teacher/trainer and adjunct professor; project director for a pilot program using Algebra to teach math to first graders; and founder/director of SAI: the Summer Algebra Institute for Kids – a summer math enrichment program attended by 4,000 students in grades 3-7 since 1995. He is passionate about math education, math mastery, and the use of math games as an intentional and significant element of any math curriculum. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Given Hoffman is an author, speaker, and international blogger. She loves to inspire those around her, especially teens, to embrace the paths God has for them. Given is a homeschool graduate, a Worldview Academy alumni, a Christian Writers Guild Craftsman, and an Ellerslie Leadership Training graduate. Given compiled the book The Voices of the Pioneers: Homeschooling in Minnesota. She speaks on writing and communication. She blogs on practical Christianity and Biblical theology, and as an author she is best-known for her novel The Eighth Ransom. To learn more about Given, visit her website at GivenHoffman.com.
Ginger Hubbard, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!, speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences and home school conventions across the country. Ginger is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, such as Focus on the Family, Baptist Press, HomeLife Magazine, P31 Woman, and Crosswalk.com. An enthusiastic and compelling communicator, Ginger has been interviewed on television shows, such as The 700 Club, The Harvest Show, and Primary Focus, as well as national radio programs, including Focus on the Family, Revive Our Hearts, and Family Life Today. Ginger is transparent and captivating as she shares empowering truths from God’s Word. She has a special talent for delivering personal and often humorous stories and then tying in wisdom well beyond her years. Engaging every audience with charisma and warmth, Ginger’s unforgettable and life changing messages enlighten and inspire women from coast to coast. Jesus saved and southern raised, Ginger enjoys reading, writing and spending time on Lake Martin with her husband. Ginger is a veteran home schooling mother of two children and stepmom to two stepsons. She and her husband, Ronnie, reside in Opelika, AL, where they enjoy working together from home.
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.
Cheri has been married to John for 36 years, and they own and operate a small dairy farm. She has eight children, five of whom are married, and twelve grandchildren. She has homeschooled all of her children and is coming down the home stretch with her youngest left in highschool. She is passionate about helping to equip moms in their journey of raising their families. All of her adult life she has been involved in teaching. She taught high-school English at a homeschool cooperative, and out of her home. As a result of a child who had dyslexia, she decided to get specialized training and certifications to help her own daughter and consequently, for years she tutored many other children who struggle with dyslexia. Additionally she heads up a Mom’s Ministry at her church to encourage young Moms in their journey to raise their littles to love Jesus.
Four years ago she developed and began teaching a course called Transformed by Five. This course helps busy women take control of their homes and restore order, allowing them to create inviting space to live and love life together. It has recently grown into an online course, enabling even more access to this life altering material.
Dustin and 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. The education of our children at home looks a lot like our lives, fluid and ever changing. Being gracious with ourselves and our children through inevitable expected and unexpected circumstances determines the health and happiness of our homeschool and our families. There is no failure, only living with grace.
Kathie Morrissey is the mother of 8 children, wife to Alan for 41 years, and a committed homeschooling mom of 31 years. She is the founder of The Character Corner, where she loves to blog about parenting, family life, homeschooling, and life in general. You can also find daily encouragement on her Facebook page. Kathie is a popular speaker at home school conventions and support groups, as well as ladies retreats. Her heart’s desire is to help and encourage parents to be purposeful in raising Godly children with strong Christian character, who walk in purity, and have a heart for God. She is also the author of two popular character curricula, and several other books written to encourage Biblical parenting.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder and principal speaker 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 an 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.
John Sowash is a second-generation home school dad and a nationally recognized expert on the use of technology in the classroom. In an age when conversations around technology tend to be negative and reactionary, John provides simple, clear ideas that families can use to enhance their homeschool curriculum with technology. John and his wife Nellie live in Michigan where they home school their 5 kids.
Joe and Zan Tyler
When the Tylers began their homeschooling journey 1984, the state superintendent of education threatened Zan with jail for insisting on teaching her child at home. For the next eight years, she and her family battled for homeschool freedom and the establishment of landmark homeschool legislation in South Carolina. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led her to serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capital, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling.
As a popular author and speaker, Zan’s passion is to encourage parents to raise children who love the Lord, understand their callings in life, and become active citizens who understand the the principles of freedom that undergird our American heritage. She currently represents BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept. For sixteen years, Zan worked with Christian publishers to develop homeschool curriculum and resources. She considers the twenty-one years she and her husband, Joe, spent homeschooling their own children from kindergarten through high school to be one of the greatest privileges of her life. Zan has been married to Joe since 1977, and together they have three children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Jay L. Wile
Dr. Jay L. Wile holds a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry, both from the University of Rochester. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and has presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has more than 30 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, but he is best known for his award-winning K-12 science textbooks designed specifically for homeschoolers. His teaching credentials include: The University of Rochester, Indiana University, Ball State University, The Indiana Academy for Science Mathematics and Humanities, Anderson University.
Durenda has been homeschooling for over 24 years and is a mom of eight (born 1991-2004). She has graduated 6 so far with two still at home. She’s been married to Darryl for 30 years and they have 6 grandkids. Durenda is convinced that home educating is an incredible blessing, but only if we don’t let it hold us hostage to unnecessary expectations and notions of what it “should” look like. The heart of her message is to encourage families to have the courage to think outside the box and take time to enjoy this amazing journey. She firmly believes that children are naturally curious and if parents keep things simple and unhurried, their kids will become lifelong learners.
Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler – a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart – 31 days in God’s Word. She is the owner/host on her podcast (Durenda Wilson) and website, durendawilson.com.
Mike has been married for more than 30 years to his wife Kim, who he met while attending Hope College. There he received his BA in Religion . They are the parents of ten children and five grandchildren with more eagerly anticipated! Mike and Kim have been homeschooling for more than twenty years. They started a support group in Lansing, MI that now includes 300 families. In 2008 Mike and Kim were appointed the directors of INCH, the state home school association for Christian home educators. Mike has worked as an associate pastor, insurance agent, and seven years in marketing management with one of Michigan’s largest insurance companies. For more than twenty years now, Mike has worked for CBMC, an international business and professional men’s ministry.
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 counter-intuitive that so many outdoor spaces were just empty. So again we said, “Why?”
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne is the President of Living Waters Publications. After his radical conversion to Christ in 1991, he enrolled at Biola University as a Biblical Studies and Theology major. Having received his pastoral ordination in 1995, he served for almost 6 years as a full-time Associate Pastor and Vice President of his church’s board. E.Z. is the Executive Producer of The Atheist Delusion, 180, and Evolution vs. God movies, as well as The Way of the Master television program, featuring Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. He is the co-host of the television program the National Bible Bee Gameshow, as well as the Bible Bee’s spokesman. His teachings have extended to people of different age groups throughout America and other parts of the world. He has been the featured speaker at various conferences, churches, and learning institutions. E.Z. resides in Southern California with his wife Rachel and their five children.