Dr. Tony Evans
Dr. Tony Evans is founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, former chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys, and present chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks. His radio broadcast, “The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans,” can be heard on nearly 1,000 US radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit TonyEvans.org.
Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett
Two sisters, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, are self–published and owners of their own publishing company, Welby Street Press. They launched their book Trim Healthy Mama at the end of 2013. It is ranked the number one Amazon title for the 2013/2014 Health and Wellness Category and has been a top 10 online bestseller for Barnes & Noble.
The sisters sidestepped the traditional industry models and templates and dominated the health industry purely with organic growth. The message of the book caught on like wildfire with NO advertising or marketing. Its success has been driven only by word of mouth and a strong Facebook presence. Trim Healthy Mama is a faith-based lifestyle and brand.
After years of seeking the optimum way to eat and after much trial and error on other diet plans, the sisters arrived at the place they call “done”. That place is where they connect with readers and audiences who are diet weary and have lost hope for renewed health and a trim figure. It was crawling out of that place called “done” where the sisters formed a new, healthy way to eat and to live life to the fullest potential. The reason this food freedom movement has caught on is because it releases people into a new way of looking at food and health. No more binge and purge but rather daily celebration of food and life. The down-to-earth and relaxed approach to teaching these life transforming health principles comes across both in the authors’ written words and in their inspiring live sessions.
These unique and courageous sisters have found success as: songwriters, recording artists, and speakers and now as authors, publishers, and entrepreneurs.
Chrystal Evans Hurst
Chrystal Hurst is an energetic, fun-loving “girl-next-door” who loves to encourage other women in fulfilling their full potential in Christ. Chrystal firmly believes God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…” and she desires to help other Christian women believe and apply that truth to their lives.
Chrystal is a gifted writer, speaker, and worship leader. The eldest child of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, Chrystal has been surrounded by the Word of God her entire life. As a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Chrystal assists her mom in leading the women’s ministry and loves to encourage women toward a deeper relationship with the Lord. Chrystal recently co-authored “Kingdom Woman,” with her dad. You can also find Chrystal writing on her blog, “Chrystal’s Chronicles,” where she poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to-day experiences.
Most importantly, Chrystal is a dedicated wife and home schooling mother of five. She considers herself to be the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Hurst household. Chrystal and her husband Jessie reside in a small town just outside of Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She is a featured speaker for many home school conventions and a popular guest on “Focus on the Family” radio and other radio talk-shows. She is also an author of six books including four published by Moody: “Screens and Teens,” “8 Great Smarts,” “Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness,” and “No More Perfect Kids,” written with Jill Savage.
Dr. Koch earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
John R. Erickson
John R. Erickson has written and published 78 books and more than 600 articles and is best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series of books, audio-books, and stage plays.
His stories have won a number of awards, including the Audie, Oppenheimer, Wrangler, and Lamplighter Awards, and have been translated into Spanish, Danish, Farsi, and Chinese.
The Hank the Cowdog series began as a self-publishing venture in his garage in 1982 and has endured to become one of the nation’s most popular series for children and families. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. USA Today calls the series “the best family entertainment in years.”
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 home school 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 home school six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at www.familymanweb.com
Our mission is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this not by outsourcing parents but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. We also support faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life’s toughest topics.
Lt. Col. Les Ball, USAF (Retired)
Lt. Col. Les Ball, USAF (Retired), teaches Air Force JROTC at Burkburnett High School where he mentors students interested in military service, many of whom now serve on active duty, Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and in college ROTC programs at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Angelo State, Embry Riddle, University of North Texas, and the Merchant Marine Academy. He served 26 years in the Air Force as an enlisted member and officer on active duty and in the Air Force Reserve. While a young Airman stationed in the Republic of Turkey, he was selected for an Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend Texas Tech University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He later earned a master’s degree in management from Wayland Baptist University. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, where he served on the Joint Staff of Combined Joint Task Force-101. He and his wife AmyBeth have eight children and have been home schooling for over 20 years. They have a daughter in the Texas Air National Guard, a son in Air Force ROTC at Texas Tech, and a son-in-law in Air Force pilot training.
Jean Burk is on a mission to help you get your kids free college, and she knows what she’s talking about. Both of her children were home schooled and earned incredible scholarships that included free college, room and board, study abroad stipends, free grad school, and free law school, all because of their high standardized test scores. Since that time, Jean has taught tens of thousands of students how to ace these tests all over the USA and the world. She is a sought-after speaker who equips and educates families on how to navigate the waters of college prep. She 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.
Thomas Clark is a lifelong teacher of mathematics and science with more than 49 years of classroom and tutoring experience at all levels, from elementary through adult. He began his career with 12 years of classroom teaching, including a full year of graduate study, and then served for five years as the State Mathematics Supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education. While there he was responsible for curriculum development, statewide in-service, textbook adoption, and consultation for all public and private schools in the state. Those opportunities and the valuable knowledge he gained enabled him to join the Indianapolis Public Schools as the Supervisor of Mathematics K-12, overseeing staff development efforts and supervising the implementation of curriculum. Seven years later, Mr. Clark was promoted to the position of Director of Curriculum Development for all areas, utilizing his rich background in mathematics, science, art, music, language, and athletics. In subsequent years, he was commissioned to author several mathematics resources for the Houghton-Mifflin Publishing Company and for the Addison Wesley Publishing Company.
Valerie Felder is a fun, high energy, amazing voice of results and practicality for anyone raising children. She delivers unique, easy-to-recall strategies and formulas that will move parents toward positive action. As proven from nearly three decades of raising her own nine children, Valerie’s complete programs cover everything from back-to-basic parenting, building strong family bonds, to achieving a fit body. Audiences benefit from immediate take-aways as Valerie reveals how to “Take the Struggle out of the Juggle” so they, too, can raise exceptional children in an unpredictable world. Also a nationally certified personal fitness trainer, Valerie’s “Buff the Body” fitness programs sensibly ease clients toward doable routines – and help to keep them there.
EJ is currently completing his senior year at Dallas Baptist University pursuing a Music Business degree in Worship Leadership and is on staff as an admissions counselor. He was home schooled his entire life until enrolling at DBU in 2013.
Dave and Anne Gebhart
Dave and Anne Gebhart are founding directors of HEART of Texas, the north Texas regional home school organization serving families and support group leaders.
HEART of Texas provides training on a variety of home school topics, coordinates a home school mentor program, and assists families looking for support, information, or other services. HEART also publishes an e-newsletter and hosts several regional events, including an annual college night, leadership conference, and home school expo.
Dave is a software programmer by trade and currently serves on the Bedford City Council. Anne is a former representative of the popular unit study curriculum, KONOS.
They have been active leaders in the home school community since they began home schooling their oldest of six children in 1996. With their youngest child in 1st grade, they look forward to the many fun years of home schooling still ahead.
Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. The adventures with her family have led to some incredible experiences and lessons in real life living. She uses those moments to encourage and inspire other families on their own journey.
Holly and husband Curtis had no idea how amazing and exhausting parenting would be. Then when they decided to keep the kids at home, the amazing exhaustion magnified! Their choice to home educate came out of necessity; however, they quickly realized this was where they belonged, together at home, learning along the way.
The Giles’ lifestyle of learning is all about family and how they can work together to succeed on the road God has laid out for them. Some days are long and mostly muddy, as the family centers around outdoor activities. Holly believes God is using her family’s ministry to bring other families together in their own unique way.
Rick Green and his family bring history to life as they empower other families to live their freedom and restore the bedrock principles of American exceptionalism. Rick is an attorney, author, former Texas Legislator, host of David Barton’s WallBuilders Live! radio program, founder of Patriot Academy (elite training for our Nation’s future leaders), and creator of the television series Chasing American Legends. He and his wife Kara have home schooled for 16 years. They believe no impact is more important than that which we have on our own children and grandchildren.
Heather Haupt is the mother of three knights-in-training and a spunky little princess. She wants to be intentional during these years of parenting and raise children who will make a difference in this world. Heather is an educator, writer, and popular speaker. Drawing on her unique perspectives in biology and as a home school graduate who is now in the trenches educating her four children, Heather inspires parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education. Her heart is to encourage and equip parents toward intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is the author of Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous and Compassionate Boys, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks. She writes at www.heatherhaupt.com.
Frances Iglesias is a homeschool graduate who has a bachelor of science in math from Lamar University. She worked several years as a computer developer and high school math teacher and currently is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom of four. She finds an outlet for her passion for math instruction by working intermittently as a private math tutor. Frances has developed extensive experience in the area of math instruction and how to make math fun. She is excited to share her knowledge with other homeschooling parents who desire a better math experience for their children.
Mary James lives in Cedar Park, Texas, and is the mother of eight children. She began home schooling in 1989 and expects to be home schooling for many years to come. In 1999 Mary founded Smoothing the Way, a non-profit organization which seeks to meet the needs of new home schoolers. In addition to serving as president of Smoothing the Way, Mary serves on the Texas Home School Coalition Board of Directors and continues her popular speaking ministry at several home school conferences each year. In her workshops, Mary draws not only from her personal experience as a home schooling mom but also from her many years of working with those families new to this lifestyle. Speaking from her heart with warmth and humor, she encourages her listeners to face the often daunting task of educating their children at home. For more information, visit www.smoothingtheway.com.
Lyndsay Lambert, a graduate of Texas Tech University, home schooled her four now-grown children for 16 years. She has assisted Tim, her husband of more than 40 years, in serving the home school community for many years. Together they started and led their local support group. From 1990 to 2013 she assisted in running the Texas Home School Coalition. Lyndsay has now retired in order to have more time to be a grandmother to her seven grandchildren and to be the “older woman” that she believes God has called her to be. Join Lyndsay at her blog: FromAnOlderWoman.com.
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for home school families in the country. As a leader for more than 30 years, Tim has been instrumental in developing the home school community into a recognized political force in Texas.
As an authority on home education and parental rights, Tim has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees. He regularly engages with state and federal government agencies, such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Social Security Administration. He has testified as an expert witness on home education in various court cases and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on a parental rights advisory committee to Child Protective Services.
Tim has also been a leader in the Republican Party in Texas for more than 20 years, including representing Texas on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004.
Tim holds a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and is passionate about protecting the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
Angela, a second-generation home schooler, has been married to her best friend Dave for 23 years, and together they have home educated their four children from the beginning. Over the last few years, they have graduated their two elder children and are currently home educating their two younger daughters. Angela has served as a leader in their home school group and curriculum consultant for many home school families. As a great admirer of the Charlotte Mason method, Angela knows that a child’s education must begin with knowing “a living God for a living education.” She knows that true education is a sacred bond between Creator and child and that modern children need an education that fits the needs of this generation. Working arm-in-arm with her mentor and friend – author, speaker, pastor, and family life professor – Gary Newton, Angela has worked to bring a curriculum that will reach deep into the heart of home educated children and their families. Angela has studied Constitutional History through Hillsdale College and has written over 20 books, including her history series, America’s Story, and her math series, Math Lessons for a Living Education. Angela’s goal is to bring materials that teach and train hearts and minds to find the answers for our generation in the never-changing truth of God and His Word. Her passion to help others know Jesus comes from a deeply rooted thankfulness of His awesome presence in her own life.
As a lifelong cheerleader, Roxanne’s greatest joy is to build up and encourage others to live out God’s purposes for their lives. She has been a speaker for groups both large and small at women’s events, church retreats, and home school conventions. Roxanne is the President and Founder of Winter Summit Ministries, Inc., which has been hosting women’s conferences for nine years. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching from American Association of Christian Counselors and received a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Roxanne spent 10 years working as a production engineer in the oil and gas industry. She is also the author of Are You Enough? Encouragement for the Overwhelmed and Exhausted Homeschool Mom.
Beverly Parrish is a third generation educator and a mom of seven who began home schooling her kids in 1990, and she’s still at it! Over the years, she has home schooled others, mentored new home school moms, tutored struggling students, and is a speaker at conferences. Several of her children have special learning issues, so she has spent time actively educating herself on ways to help struggling learners. Bev is a Licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and sailing with her family.
Beverly has been speaking regularly at the Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for the past six years, as well as at CAPE-NM in New Mexico and FEAST in San Antonio.
Peggy Ployhar leads the special needs department for THSC. The work of the THSC Special Needs department includes consultations, online training and applications, an online support group, special needs articles in the THSC Review Magazine and online blog, and running the special needs programs at THSC Conventions.
Peggy is the former MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator whose home school journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
Peggy and her husband Doug live in Conroe, TX, where they still home school the youngest of their three children (20, 18, and 12).
Lesli Richards is the award-winning author of The Homegrown Preschooler and A Year of Playing Skillfully. A home schooling mother of five, she enjoys encouraging other home schooling families to cultivate wonder in their children though intentional play. She is an advocate for special needs families as they navigate the best educational opportunities for their children. She has spent five years as a Director for Classical Conversations Challenge Program and enjoys writing and speaking on Classical Education. A sought-after speaker across the country, Lesli is described as a knowledgeable, humorous, and passionate voice of encouragement. She lives with her husband Brendan in north Georgia.
Drs. Ted and Johnnie Seago
Dr. Ted Seago is a home school dad of 8, granddaddy to 13, and married to the exuberant Dr. Johnnie K. Seago. He has served as a pastor for 39 years and is currently the Pastor of Community Life at Restoration Church in Montgomery, Texas. Dr. Seago also serves at the Headmaster of PACES PAideia, a Houston area home schooling Classical Education Program. Ted has spoken at numerous home schooling conferences on parenting, marriage, family life, and the role of dads. Dr. Seago is active in numerous orphan, foster care, and pro-life ministries and is a lifelong advocate for the unborn. As n home school educational consultant, Dr. Ted has worked with hundreds of families in establishing a family that honors God and produces Godly leaders who seek to change their culture.
Dr. Johnnie K. Seago is a home schooling mom of 8 and grandmommy to 13. She has served as the Founder and Director of PACES PAideia for the last 25 years, a Houston area home schooling Classical Education Program. Dr. Seago is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University and Witherspoon College. She is active in local Republican Women activities and teaches a women’s Bible Study in the north Houston area. Johnnie has done extensive home school family research to identify characteristics that develop leadership in children at home. With 10 of her grandchildren already home schooling, Johnnie has ample opportunities to aid in supplementary actives, as well as basic studies. She knows “grand-schooling”! Her superpower is to encourage her children and their spouses in pursuing home schooling with excellence.