2018 Annual Conference: Workshop Speakers


Connie Albers

With more than twenty-five years in homeschooling as a wife, mother of five, mom-preneur, and inspirational leader, Connie has expertise and personal understanding of the challenges of balancing life, learning, and love of family. Connie is the proud mother of five University of Central Florida Knights, all of whom earned scholarships and graduated debt free. Connie is a speaker, author, and owner of ConnieAlbers.com.

Workshops

    • What if I Ruin My Child?
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Building Strong Sibling Friendships
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Help for Mom-preneurs
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    • Starving Fear
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Remaining Steadfast During High School
      Session Description Coming Soon.

    Jonathan Brush

    Jonathan is a first-generation-homeschool graduate and homeschool dad of six. He is Executive Director of Student Life for Lumerit Education after working in higher education admissions as Director of Admissions. Jonathan speaks to families and groups across the country about how to seek out adventures and prepare for opportunities.onathan lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Workshops

    • The Importance of Finding, Building and Keeping Great Relationships
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Standing on the Solid Rock: How to Radically Transform Your Family Through Family Bible Study
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Critical Skills Your Child Needs to be Successful
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • College Madness - When the Crowd is Wrong
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Sonya Shafer

    A homeschool speaker and writer specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method, Sonya has been studying, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle methods of education for twenty years. Her passion for homeschooling four daughters grew into helping others. To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya wrote This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.

    Workshops

    • The Biblical Foundation for Christian Education: How to Raise Godly Offspring
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • How to Deal with Racism and Prejudice in a Divided Nation
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Why is the Church in America not Impacting the Culture as It Used To?
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • When More is Less: A Call to Simplicity in Your Schedule, Your Home, and Your Children
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Daniel Smithwick

    After serving with the Air Force and a career in upper-level management, Dan founded Nehemiah Institute, a nonprofit ministry providing biblical worldview training and worldview assessment programs. He authored a program to reveal an individual’s worldview on politics, economics, education, religion, and social issues. His newest work, The Kingdom Seminar, provides worldview training to local churches. Dan has five children and is a grandparent of thirteen.

    Workshops

    • Biblical Worldview and Culture: An Amazing Story
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Biblical Worldview and Culture: A Troubling Story
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    • Biblical Worldview and Culture: A Forgotten Story
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Dennis and Naomi Gundersen

    President and co-owner with his wife, Naomi, of Grace & Truth Books, a Christian book publisher, Dennis was a pastor for twenty-six years and now speaks at conferences, writes, and teaches as a visiting professor at Tlapaneco Bible Institute in Guerrero, Mexico.

    Naomi did the lion’s share of homeschooling instruction as they raised four sons, now all adults. Naomi is a superb mentor for younger mothers, always sharing wisdom and insight with parents.

    Dennis' Workshops

      • Doing Family Worship without being a Bible Scholar
        Session Description Coming Soon.
      • Building Godly Character with Older Books
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      • Building a Good Conscience in Your Child
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      • Homeschooling with a Broken Spirit
        Session Description Coming Soon.
      • A Hebrew Boy's Education in the Time of Christ
        Session Description Coming Soon.

    Naomi's Workshop

      • From Grumbling to Gratitude
        Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Faith Berens

    Faith has fifteen years of teaching experience in public and private Christian schools, serving in childhood literacy, reading assessment, and identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith joined the HSLDA Special Needs Coordinators, homeschools her children, and is an educational consultant, evaluator, and tutor. She lives in Stephens City, VA with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey, and son, Hayden.

    Workshops

    • Practical Guidance to Homeschool High School Students with Special Needs
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Phonemic Awareness-The Missing Ingredient in Reading
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    • "HLEP!" My Kid Can't Spell!
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Laying a Foundation for Reading Comprehension in the Preschool Years
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Life on the High Wire, Balancing Life and Lesson Plans: A Practical Survival Guide
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Allan Blain

    Allan is an entrepreneur, trainer, and coach. With his wife, Nicole, they’ve home schooled six children for eighteen years. Over twenty-five years, Allan owned several companies, including a real estate development company. As CEO, he grew it from $10 to over $40 million/year in revenue. His greatest satisfaction professionally comes from helping dad-preneurs and mom-preneurs to integrate family into their work-life.

    Workshops

    • Why a Home-based Business?
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Home-based Business Considerations
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Sidney Simao

    Sydney is a nineteen-year-old Christian speaker and writer. She is pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies and enjoys tackling all aspects of the cultural arena, including literature, politics, and worldview. She lives with her parents and younger siblings in Poulsbo, where she enjoys reading voraciously, playing piano, and writing for her blog, Spoudazo Press.

    Workshops

    • When Life is Nothing Special: How to Serve God in the Ordinary
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • How to Comfort those who are Grieving
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Patrick Nurre

    In the second grade Patrick found a dinosaur bone behind his house! This led him to study geology. After becoming a Christian, he reevaluated his evolutionary beliefs from training in secular geology, and is now a young-earth creationist. Patrick teaches classes and seminars, speaks, writes, and leads geology field trips. His non-profit corporation, Northwest Treasures, creates geology kits and curricula for all ages. He also opened Geology Learning Center, a museum/educational center in the Seattle area.

    Workshops

    • Has Radiometric Dating Poisoned Your Faith?
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Rock Identification Made Easy
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Linda Lacour Hobar

    Linda, author of The Mystery of History, is a follower of Christ, a genuine people-person, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling and missionary service, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write. In its sixteenth year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages for its warmth and readability. Linda lives in Tennessee where she continues to obsess over matters big and small.

    Workshops

    • Modern History that shook the World
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • What 'tweens and Teens Should Know about WWI
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    • When Bible History and World History Meet Fact to Face
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool-A Workshop for Marys Only
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • To Grade or Not to Grade: A Practical Workshop on Homeschool Grades
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Dan Kreft

    Dan, a former Big-Ten and professional basketball player, teaches theology and apologetics to youth at Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA. A software engineer by trade, Dan loves to analyze difficult topics, break them down, and present them in a fun and understandable manner that often leaves his class in stitches. He is also the author of the forthcoming three-volume book, “Jesus” Is Not the Answer to Every Sunday School Question.

    Workshops

    • Why Should Anyone Believe the Bible?
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Daniel and Megan Craig

    Daniel has a great burden to further the home education and discipleship vision for the next generation. He founded LifeLaunch and produced its Kickstart program to help students advance their life with vision through mentoring relationships and real-life integration. As first generation homeschool graduates, he and his wife, Megan, seek to build on all their parents taught them.

    Megan loves interacting with sisters of all ages about motherhood, running a home, and supporting the family business.

    Daniel's Workshop

      • Boy Meets Girl, What Now?
        Session Description Coming Soon.

    Megan's Workshop

      • Want to change the World? Living a Significant Life as a Daughter of the King
        Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Larry Cormick

    Larry started a passion for business at a young age with odd neighborhood jobs, adding an omelet catering business with his brother, and moving into construction and flipping houses. Now, he can be found with a business or three in his pocket, and others in his mind. He’s a trend-watcher who inspires others to achieve their goals and helps them troubleshoot as well as excel as an entrepreneur.

    Workshops

    • Starting a Side Hustle; Growing a Family Enterprise
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Susan Bradrick

    Susan is the author of Understanding Writing, a Christ-centered, multi-level English and Composition curriculum. The Bradricks, parents of nine children, began homeschooling in 1981, and have ministered together at many homeschool groups and conferences nationwide. Susan co-teaches the “Homeschooling Start-to-Finish” seminar and parent qualifying course.

    Workshops

    • Homeschooling Biblically and Homeschooling Legally - Are They Compatible?
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Eric Barger

    In his thirty-fifth year of full-time ministry, Eric is a leader, author, and speaker in Christian apologetics and discernment ministry. His articles are syndicated on biblically based prophetic and apologetics websites and blogs. Through materials and the Take A Stand! Seminar, he seeks to refute cults, Islam, New Age philosophy, and various aberrant religious systems. A minister with United Evangelical Churches, Eric and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

    Workshops

    • The Supernatural Invasion of Our Homes
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Evangelizing in Perilous Times
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Julianne Primer

    Julianne is a pastor’s wife and home schooling mother of nine who sees herself as a passionate housewife desperate for God. Her zest for creating a life-giving home amidst difficult pregnancies and births, a devastating car wreck, and a debilitating long-term illness gives her an inspiring perspective, as well as a desire to share her creative strategies for homemaking and educating.

    Workshops

    • Surviving Suffering
      Session Description Coming Soon.
    • Managing the Homeschool from the Sick Bed
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • James Stadden

    James is a landscape photographer and graphic designer. Captivated by God’s creation from an early age, his love for capturing it with a camera has led him on to a career in professional photography and education. Through his business, Lenspiration, and as a workshop instructor, he loves to see inspiration planted, nurtured, and expressed for the glory of God in the work of other photographers.

    Workshops

    • ACTION Photography Team
      Session Description Coming Soon.

  • Neil Craig

    Neil was Minister of Music in several churches and served as arranger, accompanist, and Director of Music of an international Bible teaching ministry. Neil is President and Executive Director of Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington and instructs and directs the annual Christian Heritage Chorale. He and his wife, Mary, are on the Christian Heritage Board.

    Workshops

    • Instructor and Director of the Annual Christian Heritage Chorale and Orchestra, Choristers, and Men's Chorus
      Session Description Coming Soon.