Conference 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.

General Session Speaker
Dr. Voddie Baucham

Dr. Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Voddie and his wife, Bridget, have been married since 1989, have nine children, and are committed home educators.

Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God’s word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel.

Voddie’s area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.

Voddie’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference:

  • Bible Study Basics: How to Study and Teach The Bible at Home
  • Biblical Manhood in the Home
  • Culture Wars: How They Affect the Homeschool Family and How We Respond
  • Don’t Let Home Education Destroy Your Marriage!
  • Family Worship: The Forgotten Home Discipleship Tool
  • The Christian Man as Father


General Session Speaker
David Barton

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.

WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books, and addresses well over 400 groups each year.  His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues. He serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, and has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court.

David and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Aledo, Texas.  They have three grown, married children, and three grandchildren.

David’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • God in the Constitution
  • American Exceptionalism
  • Four Centuries of American Education
  • Know The Bible
  • Keeping Truth in History

Dr. Corey Gilbert married his bride, Kelly, in 2003. The Gilberts homeschool their three redheaded children, and are involved in Classical Conversations, Cub Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. They love Oregon weather and family outdoor adventures. Dr. Gilbert rides his motorcycle year-round.

Over twelve years of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral teaching have led to Dr. Gilbert’s position as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Corban University in Salem teaching courses such as Human Sexuality, Trauma Therapy, Counseling Skills, Psychology of Addiction, Abnormal Psychology, etc.

His personal mission is to help churches, young adults, and parents build strong families and openly address difficult topics biblically. He believes parents must be intentional in addressing tough issues early with their children.  Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, pornography, dating, marriage, sex, family roles and values are critical topics that parents must not leave to others to teach their children.

Corey’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Sex, Porn, and Your Kids: Age Appropriate Conversations
  • Leading Your Family in a Teched Out World
  • Developing and Teaching Your Family a Biblical Sexual Ethic


Marianne Sunderland is a homeschooling mother of eight unique children ages 7 to 26, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around the world sailing campaigns. Because 7 of her 8 children are dyslexic, Marianne is a passionate dyslexia advocate with a passion to educate and encourage families, not only to understand dyslexia, but also to discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom.   

Marianne’s web site, Homeschooling With Dyslexia, provides weekly articles on homeschooling kids with ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia that will bless and encourage you. 

Marianne’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Getting Started Teaching Kids With Learning Difficulties
  • Avoiding and Overcoming Homeschool Burnout
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
  • You Can Homeschool Your Child With Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia; Identifying, Accommodating, and Remediating
  • Raising Kids with Vision
  • Help for the Hopelessly Unorganized Child:  Homeschooling Kids With ADD or ADHD


Carol Becker and her husband Jim homeschooled their son in grades 1–12 and their daughter K–12 using a variety of teaching options. As a High School Consultant for HSLDA, she relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool co-ops. The first encompassed history, geography, and drama and ran for eleven years. With a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, Carol also has a passion for science, which led her to form and direct a science co-op during which she guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original (original?) high school English program, tutored writing students from middle school, high school, and community college, and has taught algebra and geometry.

Carol’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four-Year Plans
  • High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
  • Charting Your Way through High School for College, Workforce, or Military
  • Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study and Time Management
  • The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student’s Guide
  • You Can Homeschool High School . . . If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!


Dr. Brian Ray

Dr. Brian Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling and president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). He has published numerous articles and books, is interviewed by major media, serves as an expert witness in court cases, and testifies to legislatures regarding education. He is a former university professor and classroom teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in science education from Oregon State University. He is a church leader. Brian and Betsy have been married 39 years, have eight children who were home educated, run a small farm, and have eight grandchildren.

Brian’s workshops at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Homeschool Child Abuse, Government Control, and Homeschool Freedoms


Betsy Ray

Betsy is a warm, compassionate, and fun-hearted teacher. She and Brian have been married for 39 years and have 8 children, all grown, and eight grandchildren. All their children are/were homeschooled through their secondary years. Betsy does teaching with her grandchildren, 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 church and community exercising her gifts of hospitality, teaching, and blessing 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.

Betsy’s workshop at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Life is a Bowl of Cherries
  • Does the culture own you? #IBELONGTOCHRIST


Joyce Padilla

Joyce is a veteran homeschooling mom of seven sons.  As a family she and her husband were blessed to have been able to serve the homeschool community in Oregon for over two decades.  Recently widowed, life is changing but Joyce’s commitment to home education remains strong. Presently Joyce is enjoying being grandma to her two very precious grandsons, and mom to her wonderful daughters-in-law.

Joyce’s workshop at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • This is My Story – This is My Song!


Tauna is a homeschool mom of 6, social media manager for OCEANetwork, and owner at Proverbial Homemaker, where she provides homemaking and homeschooling tools and encouragement for your journey. She and her husband, Aaron, are Associates on the OCEANetwork Board of Directors.

Tauna’s workshop at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • Getting It All Done: Loop Scheduling for Homeschooling and Homemaking


Dorothy Karman

Dick and Dorothy started homeschooling their two children in 1983. They enjoyed the many benefits of home educating – especially the spiritual encouragement that God provided. They founded OCEANetwork to share that support and spiritual encouragement with other families, serving home educators in Oregon since 1984. They also were founding members of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership ( Best of all, they are grandparents of four homeschooled grandchildren (so far).

Dorothy’s workshop at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • TBD


Rodger Williams

Rodger and Karen have four children, all graduated as homeschool students. They are life-long Portlanders. Over the years they have recognized the need to be vigilant and watchful in Salem as well as in local politics. Rodger shares in the OCEANetwork lobbying efforts in Salem.

Rodger’s workshop at the 2018 OCEANetwork conference

  • TBD


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