OCEANetwork is proud to bring these great speakers to Oregon. Their sessions are designed to inspire and equip you as you homeschool. They will challenge you to raise your children with a vision toward godliness for generations to come. If they are new to you, read their biographies below.

This year's Keynote Speakers include:
St. John, Heidi
Heidi St JohnHeidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. They have seven children (and a son-in-law) ranging in age from toddler to young adult, and have homeschooled their children all the way through high school. A popular author and conference speaker, Heidi brings a refreshing mix of information and inspiration to listeners on the radio, in person, and through the written word.

Heidi’s transparency and honesty are like a breath of fresh air in a world where too many speakers seem to have all the answers. Her ability to be real with her listeners and readers allows them to identify with her at a deep level which in turn allows Heidi to gently lead her audience toward the Savior who actually DOES have all the answers.

You’ll laugh, cry, and nod your head at Heidi’s insights, her truth-telling, and her delightful sense of humor as she brings hope and encouragement to her audience.

Heidi's workshops at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

  • Fearless Homeschooling: How to Ignore the Critics and Do What’s Best for Your Child
  • Uncommon Courage: Trusting God for What’s Ahead
  • Help and Hope for the Overwhelmed Mom
  • The First Three Years: A Workshop for Homeschool Rookies
  • Better for Best: Keeping Christ as the Center of Your Home
  • Multi-Level Teaching
  • Strong Roots – Strong Families

Farris, Michael P.
Michael FarrisMichael P. Farris is Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. Since founding HSLDA in 1983, Farris has used his extensive experience in both politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 80,000 member families. He is also the founding president and current Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. Farris has written over a dozen books, including three novels, a constitutional law textbook, and works on marriage, parenting, homeschooling, political advocacy, and religious liberty. His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, airs on several hundred stations nationwide. In recognition of his work in home education, Education Week has named Farris one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century.” Heritage Foundation awarded him its Salvatori Award for American Citizenship in 2002. Michael and Vickie Farris live in Purcellville, Virginia, and have 10 children and 12 grandchildren.

Jacobson, Matthew
Matthew JacobsonMatthew L. Jacobson is married to Lisa. They are parents of eight children and live in the Pacific Northwest. Matthew is an author, blogger, and pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship. He and his wife are authors of the best-selling his-and-her marriage books, 100 Ways to Love Your Husband and 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. You can also find Matthew on his website MatthewLJacobson.com where he writes on marriage, parenting, church, and culture.

Matthew's workshops at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • The Home God Uses to Change the World
  • 10 Relationship Mistakes Homeschool Families Should Avoid
  • Walking Tall – How a Man Can Win in This Sex-Saturated Culture
  • Marriage Wisdom – Practical Tools for Love and Friendship between Husband and Wife (with wife, Lisa Jacobson)

This year's Children's Speakers include:
Telfer, Paul
Paul TelferPaul is a retired fire captain and paramedic with Salem Fire Department; and during his 28 years with the department, he spent 5 years as a paramedic on the Salem Police SWAT Team. He grew up as a preacher's kid and moved every few years. As a teenager, he lost his father in a car accident. During this difficult time, he met his future wife, Diane, and they were married after Paul finished college. They home schooled their three children, who are all now grown and beginning their own journeys. Paul teaches a family Sunday School class and speaks often at adult and youth events. Paul and Diane currently make their home in a rural area south of Dallas, Oregon.

Captain Telfer's children's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • Climb the Teamwork Ladder with Captain Paul
  • Never leave anyone behind—discovering how to help others

This year's Featured Speakers include:
Jack, Bill
Bill JackBill Jack, faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, spent ten years as an educator in the public schools. We was a national representative for the Caleb Campaign, and a contributing editor for Issues & Answers. He has appeared on national radio and television programs. Students nationwide have learned from Bill at conferences sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and Answers in Genesis. He is the producer of several videos including "Simple Tools for Brain Surgery." Bill and his wife, Tabby, live in Colorado with their children.

Waring, Diana
Diana WaringDiana Waring, author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and the History Revealed curriculum published by AiG, discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship." Beginning in the early 80's, Diana homeschooled her children through high-school, providing the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was to honor Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents.

This year's Parent/Child Workshop Speakers include:
Auer, Aaron
Aaron AurersPastor Aaron Auer is a native Oregonian raised in Douglas, County on his family’s dairy farm.

In April 2007, Pastor Aaron attended a rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, OR. He was given the opportunity to preach, pray and prophesy on the Capitol steps concerning the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall on this great State. R.O.A.R. Ministries (Reviving Oregon's Amazing Roots) was birthed as he discovered that day, the statues of Jason Lee (Oregon's First Missionary), The Trailblazer Preaching Statesman and “The Circuit Rider” a preacher on horse with Bible in hand, “looking into the perfect law of liberty.”

R.O.A.R released a Declaration (in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence) on April 19, 2008 endeavoring to unite the body of Christ on our common CORE values for conscience sake, with the cause of Reviving Oregon's Amazing Roots.

In the summer of 2009, to commemorate Oregon's 150 years of statehood, Pastor Aaron along with Pastor John Sutton toured all 36 county court houses in 45 days - also known as the "Line in the Sand Tour," reading their declaration, preaching, praying, prophesying, and making their presentation to all, including judges, commissioners, sheriffs, and other public officials.

As of 2011, the ever-growing ROAR regiment has now participated in approximately 100 venues, including churches, schools, rallies, and governmental events and invocations.

Isham, Bruce
Bruce IshamBruce Isham was born on a small farm near Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in northern California. He has travelled extensively throughout the country. For twenty years Bruce has presented his historic dramas and storytelling at hundreds of elementary schools across the western states, including many homeschool groups and Christian schools. Bruce has authored four books and was featured in an independent western movie. He and his wife of forty years currently live in Texas.

This year's Speakers include:
Craig, Daniel
Daniel CraigDaniel Craig is the founder of LifeLaunch, and is passionate about home education, discipleship and worldview! As a first generation homeschool graduate, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Music and has pursued Seminary Studies in Philosophy and Apologetics. With this background, Daniel has a great burden for furthering the home education and discipleship vision in the next generation.

In his capacity with LifeLaunch, a growing ministry with the mission of launching the next generation through powerful mentoring relationships and real-life integration, Daniel interacts closely with homeschool families and students nationwide. He understands the challenges they must overcome to fully realize their God-given potential as Kingdom-minded servants of Christ.

King, Grace
Grace KingGrace has been joyously married to her husband since 2004. They have been blessed with six precious children. Having been homeschooled herself, she is thrilled to be beginning the homeschooling journey with her own family. Grace takes great delight in being a stay at home mommy and learning to love and respect her husband better. Over the years the Lord has placed a deep desire in her heart to come alongside other wives and mothers and encourage them along the way.

Ray, Dr. Brian
Brian RayDr. Brian Ray is the president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) and founding editor of the quarterly refereed academic journal "Home School Researcher" (est. 1985). He has published numerous journal articles and books, been repeatedly interviewed by major media, served as an expert witness in many court cases on homeschooling, and testified to legislatures regarding educational issues. Dr. Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling. In addition, he is a former classroom teacher and a university professor through the graduate level. He earned his Ph.D. in science education from Oregon State University and his M.S. in zoology from Ohio University. Brian and Betsy have been married 36 years and have eight children and seven grandchildren. They live on a small farm in western Oregon.

Shrock, Mike
Mike ShrockMichael Shrock is the pastor of Living Water Bible Church in Canby Oregon and is one of the leaders at Fired Up Youth in Molalla, Oregon, a family youth ministry designed to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to their fathers. Fired Up Youth is a conservative valued discipleship group that reaches families from about 20 local churches dealing with topics that are directly related to youth. Mike is director of Operation Eternal Impact (OEI), a ministry that equips high school and college age young people to share their faith and make disciples. Mike and Rhonda have been happily married since 1983, have 4 children, and have home schooled since 1994."

This year's Workshop Speakers include:
Bentley, Vicki
Vicki BentleyVicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to twenty wonderful grandbabies and two great-grandbabies (so far). Vicki and her husband, Jim, have homeschooled 17 children since 1988, and led a local support group of more than 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps. She currently serves as the Toddlers to Tweens consultant and Group Services director for Home School Legal Defense Association. Vicki has a heart for parents sharing practical wisdom and encouraging words.

Bullock, Christine
Christine Bullock photoFormerly a High School History teacher now on homeschool duty, Christine serves together with her husband, Kevin, on the OCEANetwork board. The Bullocks have homeschooled their four children from the beginning, graduated one and have three more to go. Christine’s passion is to encourage and equip the next generation of homeschoolers wherever they are in their journey. She loves to share what God has taught her so far through writing and speaking about homeschooling, teaching in their co-op, and being a mentor to beginners in her local support group. Homeschooling is a tough job, but one that is full of a lifetime of rewards.

Burd, Eric
Eric Burd photoEric Burd is pastor/elder with Vancouver Household of Faith Community Church and serves as President of the Household of Faith Fellowship of Churches.

With over 30 years of leadership in the military, business and Christian communities, Eric is passionate about engaging believers in the spiritual battles at hand – with special focus upon getting the next generation out of the gate and ready to work in the fields of harvest.

Residing in Battle Ground, WA, Eric and his wife, Jerry, have been married for 36 years, have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and have been homeschooling since 1983.

Davis, Sarah N.
Sarah N. Davis photoSarah is a home-school graduate who went on to earn a bachelors degree in Childhood Education and taught for three years. In 2010 she graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science where she gained more skills to continue her passion for equipping people to become lifelong learners. She is the delighted "Aunty" of four nieces and two nephews with whom she regularly spends time reading good books and searching for the answers to their many questions.

Jacobson, Lisa
Lisa Jacobson photoLisa Jacobson is happily married to Matthew and they live together in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They've homeschooled all of their eight children---four of whom have graduated and another four to go. She and her husband are the authors of the his-and-her marriage books, 100 Ways to Love Your Husband/Wife, as well as the new devotionals, Marriage Wisdom for Him/Her. A popular writer, Lisa shares her passion for husband, home, and family on her blog, Club31Women.com.

Lisa's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • The Secret to Building a Strong Marriage While You Homeschool
  • Successful Homeschooling: A Surprisingly Simple Plan to Help You and Your Student Succeed
  • Marriage Wisdom – Practical Tools for Love and Friendship between Husband and Wife (with husband, Matt Jacobson)

Jacobson, Matthew and Lisa
Matthew and Lisa JacobsonMatthew L. Jacobson has worked in the Christian book publishing industry for twenty-three years, publishing many homeschool leaders including Dr. Mike Farris and Vicki Farris, Dr. Brian Ray, and the late Chris Klicka. He is currently president of Loyal Arts Literary Agency, a company representing authors to the publishing industry such as New York Times Bestseller Kevin Malarkey author of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Sheri Rose Shepherd of Bible Life Coaching, and Eric and Leslie Ludy, founders of Ellerslie Bible School, and authors of over 15 books including, When God Writes Your Love Story. Matt is also a teaching elder at Tumalo Bible Fellowship where he has ministered for the past nine years. Most importantly, he is married to Lisa and together they home educate their 8 children, ranging from kindergarten to a college-bound son heading to Patrick Henry College in the Fall.

Lisa Jacobson has been married to Matt Jacobson for twenty years. The focus of her ministry is blessing her husband with her administrative skills, pouring into the lives of their eight children (ages 5 – 18) through homeschool discipleship, and endeavoring to maintain a home of order, peace, and holiness. When this full-time enterprise allows, Lisa also encourages other women to embrace the rich life of loving relationships, a godly home, and the high calling of being a wife and mother. A woman of many interests, Lisa loves reading classic literature, missionary biographies, and, well, many other genres! Prevented only by time, her hobby of blending specialty teas has threatened several times to become a full-fledged business. Lisa and her husband are the authors of several children’s books including the winner of the C.S. Lewis Award for children’s literature, Mommy, How Did God Make Me, The Amazing Beginning of You, and The Big Ten for Little Saints.

Karman, Dick
Dick KarmanDick has worked to protect and expand home education freedoms in Oregon since 1986. He and his wife, Dorothy, are the founders of the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network, and co-founders of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership. The Karmans have recently retired from the board of directors of OCEANetwork.

Dick and Dorothy have two grown children and four wonderful grandsons.

McCarty, Patty
Patty McCartyI have been interested in students with disabilities since I was a child. I got my degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at Western Kentucky University in 1979. In 1981, I moved to Oregon. I worked with preschoolers with orthopedic impairments then those with mental retardation for a while; later I taught kindergarten, first and second grades in Christian schools. After marrying I moved my teaching to the home setting in anticipation of the arrival of a family. I began to tutor special needs students. When my only child reached age 3, we began formal home schooling and continued this for her most of her educational life. I lead a Sunday School Program for students with developmental disabilities for 14 or 15 years. This was the birthplace of my consulting. I test and support families who home educate their students who happen to have special needs under the Oregon law. I help families comply with current law and sometimes tutor students when there is that need. I completed my Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2010. I am now teaching in public schools in addition to my responsibilities with home schooled students. It works pretty well to work 9 months with public school students and the summer with home schooled students.

Myhre, Monique
Monique Myhre photoMonique has homeschooled for thirteen years, sent her first daughter off to college, and currently teaches her younger daughter who is in high school. She, and her husband Steve of 25 years, make their home in the Portland area. Equipped with a BA in Child Development and Family Relations, and her passion for teaching, Monique has taught adults and children in many venues. She relishes every opportunity to encourage other moms through local homeschool support groups, focusing on topics such as Christ-centered family celebrations, ‘tent time’ with God, the value of volunteer work, and fueling godly passions in kids. Having kept a journal since high school, she fervently hopes to publish a book someday.

Nixon, Megan
Megan NixonMegan and her husband Sam, founders of The Home School Connection, Inc., have supported home educators in many venues for the past 18 years. Megan’s passion to serve others striving to raise children who love Jesus now extends to their 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Transparent and able to relate, Megan’s hands-on, often humorous teaching has touched wide ranging audiences. She is less reliant on her teaching certificate than a good God who helps moms daily. Currently, Megan is working on her first book of short stories about her lifetime quest to find God and His goodness in everyday life.

Ray, Betsy
Betsy Ray photoBetsy is a warm, compassionate, and fun-hearted teacher. She and Brian have been married 33 years and have 8 children, ages married to 14, and four grandchildren. All were/are homeschooled through their secondary years. Betsy home educates her children, helps manage a six-acre farm, grows and preserves large amounts of food, is a part of local and statewide homeschool leadership, and is active in her community exercising her gifts of hospitality, teaching, and counseling other women. Betsy earned her B.S. in elementary education. Betsy is also a key support to her husband, Dr. Brian Ray, in his international work as president of the National Home Education Research Institute.

Riegg, Brad and Marcy
Brad and Marcy Riegg photoBrad and Marcy Riegg met while studying abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. They homeschool their five children. They spent the past two years researching colleges and the application process. They want to share what they have learned, because they wish that such information had been been available to them during their college application journey. Brad has taught professionally for 21 years, including through Living Waters Spanish. Brad and his wife earned B.A. degrees from the University of California and Master's degrees in theology from Bristol University, England. The Rieggs have led several mission trips to Mexico with Youth for Christ, and have traveled in over 40 countries.

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