Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “Cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to make appropriate changes, establish healthy relationships, and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is a regular presenter for Great Homeschool Conventions, Hearts at Home, Care Net, many pregnancy resource centers, and churches. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She has authored six books including four published by Moody. Her newest two are Eight Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences and Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.
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 and keynote 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.
Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father and headmaster of a classical school, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a nationally-recognized leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the director at the Alcuin Fellowship and is the vice chair of the Society for Classical Learning. His countless articles and lectures are also widely used throughout America and the English-speaking world.
Christopher received his Ph.D. in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary.
Christopher is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and co-author of the award-winning Latin for Children series available from Classical Academic Press.
Classical Academic Press brings to market across the globe classical, creatively-taught K–12 curricula and media including Latin, Spanish, French, grammar, writing, logic, and rhetoric (among other subjects), as well as a live online academy for grades 3–12, a self-paced online classical education training site, and many other classical education resources.
Christopher has a passion for classical Christian education and a love for truth, goodness, and beauty wherever it may be found.
Pam Barnhill believes that you don’t have to sacrifice relationships to homeschool strong.
An award-winning educator, former journalist, and now homeschooling mom, she has a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories her listeners want to hear.
She is the host of three popular homeschooling podcasts:
She also wrote Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace.
Pam lives in the Deep South with her husband of twenty-three years, three (mostly) awesome kids, and a passel of family dogs. You can find her online at pambarnhill.com.
About Andrew Peterson
For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson (a homeschooling dad) has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville—where music is an industry in the same way that fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries—Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and instead has created a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.
Andrew is also the award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga, a four-book fantasy adventure series for young people, described as The Princess Bride meets The Lord of the Rings. The books are currently being produced as an animated film, which is terribly, wonderfully, indubitably exciting.
Andrew Peterson will be performing in concert on Thursday evenings of each of the seven GHC events! Don’t miss this special concert!
Bio: Friday Night Family Comedy Night at our regional GHC homeschooling conventions is a big hit, and a very welcome opportunity to sit down, relax and laugh together with other homeschool moms and / or homeschooling families.
However, we didn’t want to schedule just “any” comedian for our GHC homeschool convention attendees. We were looking for someone that was really crazy-funny… and we found just the person!
Jonnie blends musical chops, mad vocals, and off-beat standup for a hilariously unique comedy experience. Entering the comedy scene with nothing more than a guitar and his razor-sharp wit, he has gone on to entertain multi-generational audiences nationwide.
When not performing at solo events, Jonnie joins fellow funny man Tim Hawkins on his “Rockshow Comedy Tour”, delivering the funny at sold out shows coast to coast.
Homeschool Moms and Dads… Homeschooled teens… Homeschooling families… this year’s “Friday Night Family Comedy Night” with Jonnie W is going to be an incredible time of laughter and fun. You simply do NOT want to miss it!
Jonnie W. annihilates audiences. I’m a friend and a huge fan.
Jonnie performed at our Volunteer Appreciation Night,
and he was relevant and hilarious. So much fun!
—Maria L., Central Christian Church, Mt Vernon, OH
Bio: (Pictured on the left) Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, over 27 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 23, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 21, was the second homeschool graduate. Mary Grace, age 15, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.
Bio: (Pictured on the right) Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 21 years and they have three sons (ages 18, 17, and 14). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori / gameschooling approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. In her spare time, Trish loves to write, work in their garden, travel, and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!
Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children.
The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.
Her recent book titles include Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities (Prufrock Press) and Real-Life Science Mysteries (Prufrock Press). Watch for Gifted Kids at Home: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Quirky Children and Help Them Thrive (RLL Media) and The Coolest, Dirtiest, Creepy-Crawliest Backyard Nature Science Activities for Kids (Page Street Press/Macmillan) coming soon!
Daniel Huerta is the vice president of the Parenting and Youth department at Focus on the Family. In this role, he oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ.
Huerta is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders, conflict resolution, self-esteem issues, and anxiety and depression in adolescents, children, and their families. He can also discuss how to talk with kids about trauma and healthy sexuality.
Born in Mexico City, Huerta also understands firsthand how intercultural differences affect relationships and can help families learn how to navigate challenges in this area well.
Huerta’s heart for counseling took root in college when he taught youth sports with a special needs individual at a YMCA. Despite severe disabilities, the young man’s joy and skills inspired Huerta to help people become the best they can be and live the best they can.
After the shooting tragedies in Aurora, CO, and Newtown, CT, Huerta took on dozens of radio and TV interviews, giving advice to parents on how to talk through the tragedies with their kids and teens. He’s also been a guest on the “Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast,” “Focus on the Family Weekend,” and “Focus on the Family Minute” radio features.
Before joining Focus on the Family in 2004, Huerta worked as a social worker for the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs. He also supervised a mentoring program for at-risk youth and served as an adjunct faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College.
Huerta was a contributing author for The First Five Years of Marriage, The Smart Groom’s Answer Guide to the First Year of Marriage, and The Savvy Bride’s Answer Guide to the First Year of Marriage.
Huerta earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He’s currently working on his doctorate in clinical psychology at California Southern University.
He maintains a private practice in Colorado Springs and served as a board member on the El Paso County Mental Health Association for almost four years. He is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
He and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1998 and have two children, Alex and Lexi.
Bio: Gary hails from Australia and has been speaking on the creation/evolution issue since 1990. In 2009 his family relocated to the US to head up the CMI office as its CEO. He is in much in demand for his popular lay talks on creation and, in particular, his specialists talk on the UFO phenomenon. Gary is one of few Christians who has tackled this popular cultural phenomenon, and his 2005 book, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection became an Amazon top-50 best seller within weeks of its release (the only Creationist book ever to achieve this feat). As a leading Christian authority in this area, Gary has travelled extensively around the world, speaking and conducting literally hundreds of interviews on radio, television and various media on the UFO subject and creation topics in general. His book was also made into a movie-length documentary called Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, which, in 2018, aired in many countries and in over 730 theaters in the US alone. Gary wrote, produced and directed this REMI award-winning movie. Gary also wrote and produced another award-winning documentary for CMI called Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels.
Gary, like many CMI staff, was once a convinced evolutionist, and is well equipped to understand both sides of the debate. He also has first-hand experience on how the Creation message has a dramatic impact on lives due to his own conversion experience and is passionate about communicating complex topics in a manner that all can understand.