NCHE Thrive! Featured Speakers

May 31-June 2, 2018: Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom who is learning to live more simply and to keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him and Bible Based Homeschooling. She speaks nationally and locally about homeschooling and her desire for others to clear the clutter from their lives and seek God first. In 2016 she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.

 

 

 

 


Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has, through her messages, influenced thousands of people in thirty countries . Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. Attendees leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope for building healthy relationships and increasing success in family, life, and school. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio. She has authored six books. Her most recent are Guiding Motivation, 8 Great Smarts, and Screens and Teens. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

 

 

Sherri Seligson and her husband, David, have homeschooled their four children for twenty-one years, recently graduating their youngest child. A degreed marine biologist, Sherri worked at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Marine Biology and Interning for High School Credit, instructional DVD courses for Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology and the Human Body, as well as companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale I and II and War Horse. Sherri has written for several science publications and homeschool magazines and is a national conference and retreat speaker where she encourages moms on their homeschool journey and teaches families and students the importance of studying God’s creation. You can connect with Sherri at www.just-extraordinary.com.

 

 


 

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. Since 2012, John and Eric Metaxas have co-hosted BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet).
 

 

 

Phil Tuttle, president and CEO of Walk Thru the Bible, has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family for more than two decades,. He served as senior vice president for International Ministries and global teaching pastor before becoming president and CEO in 2007. As president of Walk Thru the Bible, Phil continues to share God's Word throughout the world in churches, Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. He is the author of Raise Up a Child; Crucible: The Choices that Change Your Life Forever; Detour: Finding Purpose When Life Doesn't Make Sense; Chosen: When God Calls Your Name; and Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World. Phil’s unique blend of biblical instruction, real-life illustrations, and spontaneous humor makes learning easy and enjoyable. Phil and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children, Emily and Philip, and daughter-in-law, Erika.

 

 

 

Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly email for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd, and his wife, Debbie, homeschool five of their eight children (three have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at www.familymanweb.com.