We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 2014 CHEO Convention.
Keynote: Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries
Todd Wilson, author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (“The Familyman Weekly”) on their website. Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark. Todd and his family are long time friends of Christian Homeschoolers of Ohio and we are excited to have him return! To sign up for Todd’s emails for dads, visit www.familymanweb.com. Website: www.familymanweb.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ToddWilsonFamilyman
Keynote: Steve Scheibner of Character Health
Steve Scheibner 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. Steve has 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 enjoy opening their home to young people and you will usually find a crowd at the Scheibner’s house. In his spare time, he sleeps, watches the Red Sox, and drives his children to sports practice, all while attending weekly meetings of Overachiever’s Anonymous. Steve is currently a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and 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. Website: www.characterhealth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharacterHealth
Featured: Megan Scheibner of Character Health
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. Website: www.characterhealth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharacterHealth
Jennifer is a wife, a mom, a swim parent, a homeschooling teacher, an athlete, a health-food junkie, and a collector of clutter (last one, not by choice). She is also a TV broadcaster, and is executive producer and co-host of the TV show “Faith and Friends”, on WTLW TV-44 and at wtlw.com. Homeschoolers since 2001, Jennifer, and her husband, Dan, have 10 kids, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Jennifer strives to live her life “under the cloud.” Is your cloud settled or moving? Numbers 9:15-23 Contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
Homeschool graduate Hannah Beck is a recording artist who has been singing professionally since the age of 16. She writes songs designed to offer encouragement, hope, and the love of Jesus to people in all walks of life, and is particularly passionate about encouraging women of all ages to hold fast to God’s promises through any situation. Homeschooled since the age of 6, Hannah blogs on topics of modesty, marriage, and Biblical womanhood. Find her online at hannahbeckmusic.com and queennomore.wordpress.com.
Jonathan is a homeschool graduate and a homeschool dad. From being one of the first two homeschool students admitted to the college he attended (he married the other one), to now homeschooling his own children, Jonathan’s homeschool experience has mirrored the birth and growth
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married for 32 years. They have been blessed with four sons: Isaac, 32; Ethan, 30; Joseph, 27; and Johnny, 24. With God’s help, they have have all been home educated. Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool conferences to encourage parents in their God-given responsibilities of raising and training their children for His glory. As a former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private, and Christian schools, Steve is also the author and founder of Math-U-See. He has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the boards of Joni and Friends, Christian Freedom International, and Lifework Forum. Website: www.buildingfaithfamilies.org
Mrs. Elsey has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. After serving as a learning disabilities teacher in Ohio’s public school system, she stepped out the classroom to fulltime responsibilities at home. She and her husband, John, home educated their three children (K-12) and are now enjoying grandparenthood. Melanie has served as CHEO’s legislative liaison since 1994. In this capacity she provides analysis of pending legislation and potential changes in policy that would have an impact on home educating families. She and John, currently serve on CHEO’s Board of Directors. Website: www.cheohome.org
Growing up in the Memphis, TN public education system, Bryan Hart questioned the low expectation, factory-like format of modern schooling. Now, he collaborates with others to help young adults understand their life mission, personal gifts and vocational skills. His passion is to walk with families as they equip their students to leave eternal legacies in business, politics, the church, and the home. Bryan Hart lives in NW Indiana with his wife, Nikki, and their 6 children. After serving 8 years in full-time ministry, he now works from home as an independent business consultant, CollegePlus coach, and inspirational speaker.
Joan Hartley – Special Needs
Joan Hartley, redeemed by the finished work of Jesus Christ, is a member of Grace OPC in Huron, Ohio. Wife to Ken, she is the mother of four grown children, “Mimi” to two grandsons, and the founder of Winsome Arrows Educational Services which exists to nurture special needs learners in home and private school settings. Joan is degreed in the areas of specific learning disabilities, cognitive delays, and behavioral disorders and has over 35 years experience in a variety of school settings including her own home school during the 1980s and 90s. Her desire to secure Christian educational options for all children, particularly those with learning challenges, became very personal when one of her own grandchildren was diagnosed with a genetic disorder. In addition to her work with Winsome Arrows, Joan is training two therapy dogs, Justice and Mercy, for ministry with Erie Shores Canines for Christ. Website: www.winsomearrows.com Facebook: www.facebook.
Rich and Barb Heki are the founders and directors of Grandparents of Homeschoolers.™ As veteran homeschooling leaders, speakers and now grandparents, the Hekis homeschooled their four children from birth to adulthood and have served alongside state and national homeschooling leaders for more than a decade – orchestrating events, speaking at conferences, serving support groups, lobbying for pro-homeschooling legislation, writing articles, and counseling and encouraging homeschoolers one-on-one. The Hekis have always ministered together as a family, with their children taking on integral roles of leadership and service from youth through adulthood. As advocates of multi-generational family discipleship —because education IS discipleship — they are excited to be ministering to grandparents of homeschoolers, connecting the generations through home education. Website: http://www.
Dr. Karen Holinga Dr. Karen Holinga is a Reading Specialist with a doctorate from The Ohio State University in Developmental Reading, Curriculum, and Professional Development. She is the creator of the new Spelling You See program recently published by Demme Learning. Reading Recovery trained, she currently owns and operates her own business called The Reading Doctor, Inc. where she works full time tutoring children with reading problems and counseling homeschool families in curriculum development. Dr. Karen successfully homeschooled her own three children for twelve years and has been doing Narrative Assessments since 1992. In August of 2003, and again in 2005, Karen was featured for a week on the www.homeschoolheartbeat.com radio program with Attorney Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Dr. Holinga has taught classes at Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Dayton. Websites: www.thereadingdocinc.com and www.spellingyousee.com
Sandra Allen Lovelace is a homeschool mom graduate with three homeschooling grandchildren. As a pioneer homeschooler she turned to Scripture for God’s perspective on education; her role as a pastor’s wife caused her to incorporate the same principles into the church worship setting. The result is a strong biblical foundation for the practical insights she shares. Sandra is a well-received speaker who is known for her candor and warmth. She and Curt, her husband, have been a voice of wisdom and encouragement to homeschool leaders and families internationally. Her latest book is Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship.
Sue Pruett, also known as “The Charlotte Mason Girl,” is married to her best friend, Larry. Together they have five children who range in age from 8 to 19, and have been on the homeschool journey for over 14 years. Sue has a passion to pass on the blessing she received from veteran homeschoolers who supported her through the rough early days of homeschooling. For over ten years, Sue has encouraged homeschooling families through speaking, writing, blogging, and just plain old visiting on the phone and praying for them. In addition to her blogs, Sue and her husband operate an online bookstore called Ancient Paths Christian Bookstore that specializes in living books and other materials helpful to a Charlotte Mason education, and many other excellent items. You can visit them online at www.AncientPathsweb.com. Sue and her family look forward to meeting you at the convention.
Larry Pruett lives in Brighton, Illinois with his wife Sue, and his five children. Larry and Sue have homeschooled their children, who range in age from 19 down to 8, for 14 years now. Larry has a Masters degree in Business Administration and last year realized his life-long dream of coming home full time. Larry and Sue own PruCo, and online retail company, and Ancient Paths Christian Bookstore. It is Larry’s desire to help Christians live like children of the King! Website: www.AncientPathsweb.com
Jay Ryan is the author of Signs & Seasons, an illustrated, Biblically-centered homeschool curriculum for Classical Astronomy. He is also the creator of theClassical Astronomy Update, an email astronomy newsletter especially for Christian homeschoolers (though everyone is welcome!) Jay and his wife Debbie have been married since 1988 and live in Cleveland, Ohio, where they homeschool their five children. Since 2002, Jay Ryan has devoted his efforts to sharing the sky with homeschoolers and Christian astronomy students of all ages, to the greater glory of God. His articles have been featured in The Old Schoolhouse, Homeschooling Today, and Homeschool Enrichment magazines, and also Crosswalk.com. Website: www.classicalastronomy.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicalAstronomy
Mr. Schillero is a graduate of Liberty University and has been teaching and preaching God’s Word since 1983. Gateway to the Heart Ministries is an overflow of his passion to see holiness in the lives of Christians in the area of ‘media choices’. Joe and his wife Carol have been married since 1988 and have 7 children. They are members of Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Website: www.gatewaytotheheartministries.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Gateway-to-the-Heart-Ministries
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, and The Questions God Asks. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest magazine. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”
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