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Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson (a homeschooling dad) has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville—where music is an industry in the same way that fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries—Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic…

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Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic

Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech). Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs, with no medical explanation or warning for his condition….

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Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is a writer, speaker, and one of the Religious Right’s most influential young voices.  His columns on TheBlaze are read by millions of people. Matt will be available for a meet and greet after his speaking session.

Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie started the Read-Aloud Revival podcast on a whim. That fateful decision resulted in a highly-rated show that, 2 years later, has nearly 2 million downloads and reaches tens of thousands of listeners with each episode. For over two years, she’s been interviewing leaders, authors, and experts in the read-aloud movement, connecting them with families…

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Steve Demme

Steve Demme

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…

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Dr. Angela Gonzales

Dr. Angela Gonzales

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis® Facilitator, Licensed Davis® Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach, parenting specialist, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Dr. Angie’s Place in Norco, CA. Dr. Angie’s Place is a learning and wellness facility where Dr. Angie uses her Davis® Facilitator License, medical expertise…

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J Warner Wallace

J Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, popular national speaker, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and ALIVE. His professional investigative work has been featured repeatedly on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; he’s been awarded…

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Mike Berenstain

Mike Berenstain

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures…

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Wendy Speake

Wendy Speake

As a trained actress and heartfelt Bible teacher, Wendy ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and Biblical life application. She utilizes drama, comedy, poetry, and the study of God’s Word. During her career in Hollywood on shows such as JAG, Melrose Place, Star Trek Voyager, and Roswell, Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that…

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Christopher Perrin

Dr. Christopher Perrin

Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a recognized national leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the director at the Alcuin Fellowship…

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Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle-of-learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, literature-based active learning (she did have boys, after all!). Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including…

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Connie Albers

Connie Albers

Connie Albers has spent much of her adult life as a homeschool mom and mom-preneur with an outreach and ministry to homeschool parents through her speaking and various leadership roles. She is a respected leader, social media enthusiast, and trusted homeschool mom who understands the challenges of balancing the demands of life and homeschool. Connie…

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William Federer

William Federer

William J. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. Bill’s “American Minute” radio feature is broadcast daily across America and worldwide via the internet. His “Faith in History” television show airs on the TCT Network on stations across America and via DirectTV. Born…

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Dr. Michael Gurian

Dr. Michael Gurian

Dr. Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books published in twenty-two languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs, and trains professionals. As a social philosopher, Dr. Gurian has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research…

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Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limbs: Nick Vujicic

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Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nick Vujicic, born without arms and legs, with no medical explanation or warning for his condition.

But the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends, and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on as well.

Michael Franzese

Former Mob Boss on a Mission Transforming Lives: Michael Franzese

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Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as number 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses,” just five spots behind John Gotti.

But this former “Prince of the Mafia” is now a man on a mission, determined to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of others seeking redemption and forgiveness.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy

Comedy Show with Jeff Foxworthy, the largest-selling comedian of all time with over 13 million albums sold

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Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and best-selling author of more than 26 books. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond them to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature.

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

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For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. Peterson has forged his own path, creating a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

John Crist

John Crist

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From joking about texting and driving and the ills of social media, telling people their children aren’t winners, or breaking out into choreographed dances in Hobby Lobby, Crist performs from a point of view that’s distinctly his own. His style of edgy but clean comedy keeps him on the road for a whirlwind schedule of over 250 live shows per year.

David Gibbs III

Attorney David Gibbs III

Attorney David C. Gibbs III is the President and General Counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry organization that defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide. Mr. Gibbs speaks regularly to audiences in churches and conferences while also litigating cases as a trial attorney. He has authored five books including Fighting for…

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Dr. Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds was long a professor of Music History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Since retiring, she has focused her professional career outside of the university walls, teaching and speaking on the importance of the fine arts to homeschoolers, concert audiences, and travel enthusiasts. For decades, she has served as an educator for…

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Dr. Jay Wile

Dr. Jay Wile

Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were…

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Juan Valdes

Juan Valdes, D.Min.

Juan is a veteran teacher of apologetics, and has taught theology, Bible, and apologetics at the seminary level in both English and Spanish. Juan has a passion for youth and has worked with young people all of his adult life in addition to being a teacher for over 25 years. He has done graduate work…

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Lesli Richards

Leslie Richards

Lesli Richards is the award-winning author of The Homegrown Preschooler and A Year of Playing Skillfully. A homeschooling mother of five, she enjoys encouraging other homeschooling 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…

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Paige Hudson

Paige Hudson

Paige Hudson first acquired an interest in science while watching a flaming gummy bear shoot across the room during her first day of high school chemistry class! Her interest quickly developed into a passion, which led to her receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. A week after graduating from college, Paige married her…

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John De Gree

John De Gree

John De Gree is the founder of The Classical Historian. Originally from California, he studied history and language and worked and lived in Turkey, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia for five years. Working in private, public, and homeschool education for over twenty years, he saw the great lack of critical and independent thinking in history education….

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Shelagh Gallagher

Dr. Shelagh Gallagher

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is a nationally-recognized expert in gifted education and Problem-Based Learning. Prior to her current role as consultant and author, she spent 13 years conducting research and teaching graduate courses in gifted education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also spent three years working at the Illinois Mathematics and…

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Lita Cosner

Lita Cosner

Lita Cosner became a Christian in 2002, partially as a result of creation materials she found through Creation Ministries International, which answered her questions about the Bible and Christianity (see her own account). She joined CMI as Information Officer in 2010, and is a prolific contributor to their website, Creation magazine, and the in-depth Journal of Creation….

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Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

Ed has taught students of all ages and abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He holds an Iowa teaching certificate with K-12 endorsement in Gifted Education and a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed is a popular presenter at homeschool, math, and gifted education conferences around the country,…

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Michael Clay Thompson

Michael Clay Thompson

The author of seventy books and more than 200 articles, Michael Thompson is a writer, consultant, and presenter at system, state, and national conferences for homeschool and for gifted education. He has served on the Board of Directors of NAGC (the National Association for Gifted Children), is past President of the Indiana Association for the Gifted,…

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Sheila Carroll

Sheila Carroll

Sheila Carroll is co-founder of Living Books Curriculum, a K–8 Christian program of study based on the visionary philosophy of Charlotte Mason. A homeschooling parent and grandparent with master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and in Educational Leadership, Sheila is an author of many books, an educational consultant, and a professional storyteller. She and her husband…

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Dr. Jen Spencer

Dr. Jen Spencer

Dr. Jen Spencer spent eighteen years as an educator in public, private, and home schools teaching students from preschool all the way through high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University in 1996. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctor of…

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Brandy Vencel

Brandy Vencel

Brandy Vencel is a Christian wife and homeschool mom of four children ages 8–14. She grew to love the Charlotte Mason methods and principles of teaching, and never looked back. Brandy spends most of her spare time writing for her blog (Afterthoughts), designing her phonics curriculum (Teaching Reading with Bob Books), and hosting the popular Scholé Sisters…

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Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl helps parents help children with challenges. After homeschooling her son with learning disabilities, she wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook for helping children with challenges including learning disabilities, attention deficit, autism, and giftedness. This book is based on interviews with 64 families homeschooling children with learning challenges, and on her own research…

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Rea Berg

Rea Berg

Rea Berg founded Beautiful Feet Books in 1984 to encourage the use of classic and historic literature in the home schooling community. She has written numerous guides for teaching history through literature that have won Reader’s Choice awards and Best Picks in the home education arena. She has brought back into print many notable children’s…

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Kathy Lee

Kathy H. Lee

Kathy H. Lee has been dedicated to the well-being of young children for over 25 years. As a former teacher and a​​​ ​​administrator​,​ Kathy has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education. Kathy is the mother of ten kids, both biological and adopted. She enjoys sharing her journey of imperfect motherhood, inspiring others…

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Dale Gamache

Dale Gamache

Dale Gamache has over 32 years’ experience teaching the Spanish language. He has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in the Volusia County, FL school system, including the past 29 years at Seabreeze High. Señor Gamache and his family established their own private Spanish language after-school program where they taught public, private, and homeschool…

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents…

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Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of For Girls Like You: A Devotional for Tweens and You’re God’s Girl! The mother of four girls herself, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be and to…

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Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta serves as the Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy, a live online school that is faithfully educating America. FPA is Common Core-free, offering individual classes and complete curricula for students in kindergarten through high school. Dr. Pesta is also a tenured university professor and author. He received his Masters degree in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D….

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Judy Sarden

Attorney Judy Sarden

Judy Sarden has been a corporate attorney and entrepreneur for over twenty years. After feeling the need to home educate her children, Judy left her corporate legal job and began working for herself at home as a contract attorney, business advisor, writer, and career coach. She is passionate about helping families develop an entrepreneurial spirit…

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Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI), which was established in 2004 to challenge and equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square. Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage the conversation about abortion. He contends that the…

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Anthony Esolen

Dr. Anthony Esolen

Anthony currently serves as professor of English at Providence College, and is perhaps best known for his widely acclaimed translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He has also authored several original works, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization and the satirically-titled Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. He regularly writes for…

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Dr. Thomas White

Dr. Thomas White

Thomas White became the tenth president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience, and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth. As the son and grandson of Baptist…

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Pastor Randy Frazee

Pastor Randy Frazee

Randy Frazee co-pastors with Max Lucado at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the architect of two best-selling whole-family Bible engagement experiences: The Story and Believe. Randy is the author of Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, the Believe storybook, and he co-authored with Max Lucado The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible. He…

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Rebecca Keliher

Rebecca Farris

Rebecca Keliher Farris, the Well Planned Gal, has inspired and supported thousands of homeschool moms each year through her speaking, talk show, daily planners, magazines, and online resources. Each year, Rebecca travels to homeschool conventions and women’s conferences sharing her inspirational story of grace. Challenging women to discover the unique journey God has for them,…

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Michael Somerville

Michael Somerville

Michael Somerville serves as the vice president of Lampstand Press, which publishes the well-known humanities and worldview curriculum, Tapestry of Grace. Home-educated through high school by Scott and Marcia Somerville, authors of Tapestry of Grace, Michael went on to academic success, graduating at the top of his class from the University of Maryland’s Smith School…

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Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua…

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Angie Groppe

Wife of WORLD CIO Greg Groppe, a homeschool veteran of 23 years, married for 27, and a busy mom of 5 children, Angie is passionate about encouraging women and pointing them to the hope and strength found in the person of Jesus Christ. She loves getting to know people and being known. She hopes that…

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Dwayne Walker

Dwayne is self-taught artist with a huge passion for creativity and is a thought leader in STEAM education. He has spoken to over 10,000 homeschool parents and students all over the United States. Dwayne was homeschooled as a child, and was involved in a lot of creative activities in art, dance, music, athletics, martial arts,…

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Kim Stegall

A former English teacher and grammar, writing, and literature textbook author, Kim currently writes for WORLDteen, a high school magazine and website from the publishers of WORLD. She also serves as dramaturge and script adapter for The Greenville Shakespeare Company, a nonprofit theater group in Greenville, SC. She is the author of two children’s books: Mumsi…

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Nicholeen Peck

When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader—and for good reason! Her proven system based on four simple skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even…

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Resa Steindel Brown

Gifted inspirational speaker, teacher, and avid homeschooler, Resa Steindel Brown passionately sounds the wake-up call to help children connect to their innate passions and brilliance. Then she shows us how. Resa’s mission has spanned thirty years. A pioneer in homeschooling since 1987, she has received significant recognition in homeschool communities developing and directing new home-education…

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Stacey McKee

Stacey graduated from the University of Arkansas with an M.S. in Biochemistry. She was working on her Ph.D. when she learned that she and her husband, Paul, were expecting their first child. She felt the Lord leading her to lay aside pursuit of her doctorate and there began her homeschooling journey. Now Stacey is the…

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Sarah K. Blodgett

Sarah K. Blodgett is the author of the very imaginative book series The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson and Zack Early Readers. She is also the developer of Noah Text, a specialized text designed to assist and teach new and struggling readers (and those with dyslexia) to read with fluency and ease. Thus, her…

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