NCHE Thrive! Featured Speakers

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

The numbers before the talks below represent the session numbers; the letters represents the interest codes.

Interest Codes for Talks                                                                                                              
G               General interest to all parents                                                                    T               Teens and alums
B               Beginners and inquirers                                                                              L               Parents of struggling learners
Y               Parents of young children preschool to early elementary                       D               Dads
O               Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school)              M              Mom
P               Parents of teens (and possibly teens).

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.
1       G            Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool
3       G            Bible Based Homeschooling: Building a Firm Foundation
4       G            Simple Homeschool: Have Less Clutter and More Joy
7       M            Real Homeschool: Trading in Pinterest-Perfect for Real Life
10     G            Homeschool: Prepare for Life Not Just a Test


Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has spoken in thirty countries, influencing thousands of people . 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. 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.
1       G            Frustrated, Perfectionistic Kids: Guiding and Changing Their Behavior
3       G            Instill Hope: Motivation Matters
4       TG          How Are You (or Your Kids) Smart and Why Does it Matter?
5       G            Focus Children’s Thinking to Increase Learning and Decrease Frustration
7       TG          The Power Technology Has over Character and Behavior
9       G            Improve the Fruit by Identifying the Root
11     G            Maximize the Genius Qualities in Your Children

Sherri Seligson and her husband, David, have four children and have homeschooled 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
2       GT          A Scientist’s Showcase of Creatures That Defy Evolutionary Theory
6       G            When You Have a Child Who Is Not Driven
8       P             What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? Giving Your Children a Vision for the Future
9       OP          Why Teaching Science Is a Critical Part of Education (Even for Poets)
11      M           Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew as a Homeschool Mom


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, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet).
1       T             Amusing Ourselves to Death: How to Handle a World of Entertainment
3       T             Marriage: Does It Even Matter Anymore?
Friday Keynote           Four Cultural Shifts Parents Need to Understand and How to Navigate Them
4       OP          Preparing for the Talk: Preparing Students for This Sexually Broken World
6       TP           Right Answers Are Not Enough: Connecting Belief with Behavior
8       T             Same Sex Marriage: Clear Thinking on a Controversial Issue
9       T             What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: How to Determine God’s Will
10      G           How (Not) to Read the Bible: Handling the Scriptures with Our Children

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.

Phil will be presenting his talks on this theme:
Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World (and What They Need from the Rest of Us)There comes a moment in every suspenseful movie when all hope seems lost. We can’t imagine how things will work out. Tragically, many have forgotten about the author of the story. The God of all hope is never at a loss for solutions. That is not only an accurate picture of our day; it’s also an accurate picture of ancient Judah when a young king came to the throne. Young King Josiah marked the beginning of a bright moment in Judah’s history, and his story has many parallels with our own time. The story of Josiah is a message about how God works in uncertain times. 
Thursday keynote       The Reality
4       GT          The Parallels
6       GT          The Generations
8       GT          The Word
9       GT          The Pillar
11     GT          The Future

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
Leaders           They Look to You
2       G            Choose the Hard Things
5       G            Get Real!
7       G            Irresistible Parenting
8       D            Every Dad a Homeschooling Dad!
Saturday Keynote       This, We Believe!
11     G            Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe World