Speakers


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 Faith


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)


Mason, Jim
James R. Mason IIIJames R. Mason III is Vice President of Litigation and Development for Home School Legal Defense Association. Since joining HSLDA to lead the litigation team in 2001, Jim has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations and has set precedents that have expanded freedom for the homeschool community. Jim has an engaging and entertaining way of sharing stories of the battles for homeschool freedom across the nation. In addition to penning many of the most popular articles in HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine, Jim serves as the president of ParentalRights.org.

Jim and his wife, Debbie, live in Winchester, Virginia. They have seven children and one granddaughter. The Masons homeschooled all of their children: five have graduated and two are still being taught at home.
Jim's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • General Session: State of the Homeschooling Nation
  • Workshop Sessions: Why We Need a Parental Rights Amendment
  • Note to Self: the Vital Role of Homeschooling Dads
  • The Prodigal Son, the Forgiving Father, and the Power of Beholding


This year's Workshop Speakers include:
Burk, Jean
Jean BurkJean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Jean currently travels across the United States speaking about how to go to college for FREE!

As a homeschool mom Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other students. Her program, College Prep Genius, is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience, and SAT expertise.

Jean's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • Free College at Your Fingertips – Young adult session
  • How to Ace the “New” SAT – Young adult session
  • High School 101


Haupt, Heather
Heather Haupt photoHeather Haupt, mother of three knights-in-training and a spunky little princess, 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 homeschool 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 towards 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.

Heather's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • Knights in Training: Raising Boys into Men
  • Help for the Homeschool Mom: How to Stop Spinning Your Wheels and Move Forward
  • Homeschooling the Early Years: You Gotta Turn Right to Go Left
  • Stepping Outside the School Box: Creating a Home Where We Learn
  • Sharing Life, Love, and Learning… How Homeschooling Can Build Relationships (with mom, Colene Lewis)


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.


Lewis, Colene
Colene LewisColene Lewis is passionate about equipping and inspiring parents, teachers, and students to live cultivated lives – lives of purpose and full of learning. Colene homeschooled her three daughters through high school in a home where learning was a joy and a way of life. Each earned academic scholarships to college where they excelled in diverse fields of biology, engineering, English, political science, and law. More importantly, all three women are walking with the Lord and raising their own families now. Alongside her husband, Tom, Colene served on the board of Arizona Families for Home Education for over 13 years. Colene is now turning her energies to ministering to parents by working with her daughter, Heather Haupt, speaking, and writing curriculum.

Colene's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • Homeschooling: Real Hard and Real Blessings
  • Homeschooling Teens – Tips that Work
  • Sharing Life, Love, and Learning… How Homeschooling Can Build Relationships (with daughter Heather Haupt)


Mora, Beth
Beth MoraAuthor and blogger, Beth Mora, is the teacher-on-camera for Here to Help Learning where she is affectionately known as “Mrs. Mora.” This former city girl, and wannabe homesteader who drinks way too much coffee, will bring you to tears one moment and laughter the next. Her New York moxie communicates with enthusiasm: you can do it! And her zeal for your family’s success will charge you up! Beth has served in leadership in children’s, marriage, and women’s ministry. Everything she does, whether laughable or heart gripping, is done to honor One, without apology. God’s grace is the salve that has healed her own life, and God’s grace is what she offers liberally to others.

Beth's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
  • Beauty in the Bloom
  • Dream Bigger
  • Treating Writing Allergies
  • Managing Anger and Conflict in Your Home
  • Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers - for leaders Beth and Forrest Mora together


Mora, Forrest
Forrest MoraAs a husband, dad of eight children, business owner, landscape contractor, and the C.F.H. or “Chief Financial Husband” of HereToHelpLearning.com, Forrest gets down to the nuts and bolts with men by encouraging them to embrace their role as servant leaders of their homes. Forthright and humorous, he shares God’s word with clarity and practicality. For the last 20 years he has served in leadership roles in marriage ministry, men’s ministry, and in the financial ministry at his church. His heart is to provide encouragement to Christian men to serve the Lord by living with no regrets, providing leadership to their families, and finding true fulfillment in their marriages, families, and personal lives.



Forrest's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

  • An Equipment Operator's Guide to Keeping Your Family Out of the Shop
  • Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers - for leaders Beth and Forrest Mora together


Mora, Forrest and Beth


Topp, CPA, Carol
Carol Topp photoCarol Topp, CPA (HomeschoolCPA.com and MicroBusinessForTeens.com) is a retired homeschool mother, accountant, and author who runs an accounting practice specializing in helping nonprofits, especially homeschool organizations.

Through her writing, speaking, and consulting Carol converts tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English. She is the author of 12 books, including the award-winning Starting a Micro Business, the Micro Business for Teens series, Career Exploration for Homeschool High School Students and her most recent book, Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization. Her website, HomeschoolCPA.com, was awarded Top Accounting Blog in 2015 and 2016, but her greatest compliment came from an audience member who, after sitting for 90 minutes, said, “You kept my attention the entire time.” That's high praise for a CPA!

Carol lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, and has two daughters, both homeschool high school graduates.

Carol's sessions at the 2017 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

  • Micro Business for Teens: Starting a Micro Business – Young Adult session
  • Learn Real Life Skills While Earning Money: Starting a Micro Business – Young Adult session
  • 30+ Micro Business Ideas for Teens (and Parents!) – Young Adult session
  • Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad IRS? How the IRS Sees Homeschool Organizations
  • Top Ten Tips for Running a Homeschool Organization


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