The 20th Annual Oregon Christian Home Education Conference

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June 20 & 21, 2014
Portland, OR

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 General Session Speakers include:
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. Dick currently serves as the chairman of the board of OCEANetwork.

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


This year's Keynote Speakers include:
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.


This year's Featured Speakers include:
Bentley, Vicki
Vicki Bentley photoVicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to fifteen wonderful grandbabies (and another on the way!). She is the author of many homeschool and homemaking helps (see www.everydayhomemaking.com), support group leader, and HSLDA’s Toddlers to Tweens consultant and Group Services director. Vicki has a heart for parents, with strong practical wisdom and encouraging words.


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.


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 33 years and have eight children and four grandchildren. They live on a small farm in western Oregon.


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 native to Ohio but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of seventeen he began his adventures, traveling around America and living for short periods of time in several different parts of the country. For more about his adventures, check out his book, "Grit, Glory and the Open Road." He spent two years in the U.S. Army, then came back to live in California.

One of Bruce's interests has always been exploring and photographing western ghost towns. While working as a night custodian at an elementary school, he began a second job with the local arts council putting on art programs with "Ghost Towns of the Old West" as his theme. A little later, he developed the presentation on "Johnny Appleseed." Soon he ended his job with the school district and launched into a full time career as an author and storyteller. He is now beginning his thirteenth year as a "Historic Storyteller." In addition to his school visits, he also performs at retirement and assisted living communities, as well as at churches and small groups.

Bruce has been married to his wife Cindy for thirty-five years and currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. He has written four books and has developed several different storytelling programs with audiences that range from kindergarten students to senior citizens.


This year's Workshop Speakers include:
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.


Craig, Daniel
Daniel Craig photoAs a first generation homeschool graduate, Daniel has a huge burden for those coming up behind him and seeks to help them wisely answer life’s biggest questions concerning their future. He is passionate about equipping the next generation with resources and tools that help maximize their impact and successfully launch them into life.

Daniel is a regional advisor for CollegePlus! and is excited to assist students and families in the Northwest region as they seek to apply the homeschool ideology to college education. He was able to get a head start on his college education by combining high school and college courses using accelerated distance learning methods, and has pursued Seminary Studies in Philosophy and Apologetics. Each year, Daniel has the opportunity to share his expertise and first-hand experiences with parents and students at conventions and seminars across the country. He currently resides in Spokane, Washington.


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 is the wife of Matthew L. Jacobson and together they enjoy raising and home-educating their 8 children. She encourages women to embrace the rich life of loving relationships and the high calling of being a wife and mother at Club31Women.com. Lisa is also the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband: A Life-Long Journey of Learning to Love Each Other. She and her husband, Matthew, have also co-authored several children’s books.


Jacobson, Matthew
Matthew L. Jacobson has worked in the Christian book publishing industry for twenty-three years,. He is currently president of Loyal Arts Literary Agency representing authors to the publishing industry. Matthew is also a teaching elder at Tumalo Bible Fellowship . Matthew is a published author, his latest entitled, 100 Ways To Love Your Wife – The Life-Long Journey of Learning to Love. He is married to Lisa and together they home educate their 8 children.


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.


King, Grace
Grace KingGrace and her husband (childhood friends, now joyously married eight years) were both home schooled from birth through 12th grades. As a mother of five beautiful daughters, ages 1 to 7 years, she is passionate about these beginning years of home education. Grace loves her role as wife and mother, and her enthusiasm spills out to those around her. Having helped with her younger sisters' education, as well as other home school families, Grace is now excited about encouraging other mothers with young children.


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.


Shrock, Mike
Mike ShrockMichael Shrock is currently one of the leaders and teachers 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 35 local churches dealing with topics that are directly related to youth and family. 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 for 29 years, have 4 children, and have home schooled for 18 years."


St. John, Heidi
Heidi St. John photoHeidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you.


Telfer, Paul
Paul Telfer photoPaul is a fire captain and paramedic with Salem Fire Department; and during his 21 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.


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