Gary Bates

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention New York Homeschool Convention Florida Homeschool Convention

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.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeff Myers

Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention New York Homeschool Convention Florida Homeschool Convention

Bio: Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Jean Burk

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention New York Homeschool Convention Florida Homeschool Convention

Author Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, ION, Forbes Living TV, UShopTV, and The Homeschool Channel. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at numerous homeschool conferences, schools, clubs, college nights, and is a Fox News contributor. Jean currently travels across the United States speaking about how to go to
college for FREE!

As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise. Her daughter also earned free grad school and her son earned free law school!

John Stonestreet

Ohio Homeschool Convention

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 (2017), Restoring All Things (2015), Same-Sex Marriage (2014), and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (2007).

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.

Kevin Conover

California Homeschool Convention

Bio: Kevin Conover has a Masters Degree in Apologetics (defending the truth of Christianity) from Biola University, and has taught classes on “Defending the Bible” for more than ten years. He was recently handcuffed to an atheist for 24 hours for a BuzzFeed video, which you can watch at handcuffed24hours.com.  Kevin developed an online video Bible curriculum that teaches people all over the world how to defend the Bible and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which you can see at EducateForLife.org. He has been married to his amazing wife for 18 years, and has 3 crazy fun kids.

Kevin Conover is the host of Educate For Life radio, a weekly program that airs on Saturdays in San Diego, California, on 1210 AM KPRZ.  You can hear past recordings from the show at educateforlife.org/podcasts, or watch them at youtube.com/educateforlifevideo.  Kevin has interviewed many experts, including organic synthetic chemist Dr. James Tour, one of the top 50 scientists in the world; ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris; world renowned brain surgeon Dr. David Levy; worldwide evangelist Will Graham; expert on human sexuality (and former homosexual) Dr. Christopher Yuan, and many others.

Tim Barnett

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention

Tim is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim’s passion and energy will help motivate you and your group to love God with all your mind.

Before joining the STR speaking team, Tim founded an apologetics-based speaking ministry. Through his speaking, he has been able to help make a powerful impact defending and contending for the faith both in church settings as well as on the university stage. He has also had the opportunity to speak at numerous ACSI conferences, Power to Change events, the Apologetics Canada conference, and the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.

Tim has worked as a professional teacher since 2008, employed in both the private and public sector.

Tim has bachelor’s degrees in physics and education from York University and the University of Ontario, respectively. He is currently working on his master’s degree in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Tim is married and has three beautiful girls.

Dr. Jay Wile

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention New York Homeschool Convention Florida Homeschool Convention

Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.

He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and while he was there, he began working on nuclear chemistry experiments. He became so fascinated with nuclear chemistry that he stayed at the University of Rochester and got a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.

Dr. Wile’s love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning “Exploring Creation with” series of junior-high and high-school science courses.

Massey Campos

Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention New York Homeschool Convention Florida Homeschool Convention

Massey Campos is a first-generation American, but a 3rdgeneration preacher. Both his parents were born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to America as young adults in order to pursue the American dream. Massey, along with his two brothers and one sister, grew up traveling as a family, as their father was an evangelist.

As his father preached, Massey, as early as age 5, picked up a guitar and bass guitar and started playing. While still in his teens, Massey began preaching to congregations the unsearchable riches found in Christ.

In 2001, he began speaking to audiences around the country in high schools, colleges, churches, and much more. Massey’s constant desire and passion is to see Americans, both young and old alike, understand the Biblical heritage of this great nation and bring America back to the God who gave us this liberty.  Not only is Massey a gifted speaker, but he is also a talented musician and writer,  having traveled for 12 years as a lead singer and bass player for a Christian rock band.  He is also well-versed in various genres of music including Latin, contemporary Christian and Pop.

Massey is the father of three awesome boys, and husband to his beautiful wife, Cari, who assists with Massey’s appearances, and the Young Adults Pastor at Revive Church.  He and his family currently reside in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Other areas that Massey is involved in are:

*YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR, REVIVE CHURCH, STUART FL.

*ORDAINED MININSTER, SINCE 2007

*VICE-PRESIDENT OF INSTITUTE ON THE CONSTITUTION

*ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER – 1:27 MISSIONS PROJECT

*INTERNATIONALLY ENDORSED MUSICIAN – BASS GUITAR & VOCALS

 

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“Howdy! I just took your workshop The Pursuit of Happiness at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ft. Worth Texas. I have to say, that the truth you spoke, was awe inspiring. Truth about our Creator, truth about what He created, truth about what He inspired men to do for the glory of Him. Your fire and passion are incredible, and the Lord has truly blessed you with the gift of preaching. Thank you for putting a fire in my heart to continue to teach my children in the truth, no matter what others think. May the Lord continue to bless you! We are praying for you and for your ministry, and all those who hear it.” – Shannon, TX Convention

 “Hi Massey! Just wanted to say hello and thanks for accepting my request. I found you through listening to the full mp3s of the Homeschool Covention last month. I didn’t get to hear you personally but I’m enjoying your talk on “The Anchor of American Liberty”. 😊” Dee, TX Convention

***the next response was handed to me in a letter, by a mother***

“I attended your workshop, and although I knew most of the stuff you were talking about, it may be the most important workshop I attended.  After being attacked so much for the last several years and having so many battles because of my stance on these issues, I sometimes forget the root and the true reason we must fight on!

 You also reminded me how important it is to pass this message along to our future, and that it’s not just a book to read or something to check off my list. 

Thank you so much for what you do, and with such gratitude”

Mother of 3, TX convention 

 

Movies, Music, and Screens: Entertainment and Christians

What’s ok to watch? What’s ok to listen to? How much screen time is too much screen time? Making good decisions about media and entertainment is tricky, but we can develop good habits to help us navigate culture where it is at its loudest.

Spend Yourself

We will encourage your students to think and live missionally. Jesus tells us if we want to gain life, we must give it away. Following Him means living a life of service and compassion. But in our culture of narcissism and self-promotion, what does that look like? This presentation will examine practical opportunities for students to move from apathy to compassionate action.

The Allure of Good Questions: Starting With Questions, Not Answers, in Everyday Conversations

Afraid conversations about your Christian faith and values will turn into an argument, not a dialogue? Do you feel intimidated when you even think about talking to your non-Christian friends, family, or co-workers about Christ? Then learn how to ask good questions. You’ll learn some very specific skills and questions to help you engage others in friendly conversation about important things and be equipped to present the truth in an intelligent yet gracious way.

The Authors

The setting of the modern and post-modern story for the world echoes Nietzsche’s idea that “God is dead.” This session walks through what each of these stories looks like based on that premise.

The Giver

This session takes a unique look at Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, and demonstrates how there are two ways to miss God: by doing all the wrong things, or by doing all the right things for the wrong reasons. The Christian view of God should be that of extravagant love and grace.

The Judge

This session takes an insightful look at the story of Islam and its view of God. Those who believe this story do not see Allah as a god of grace, and tend to have an extremely legalistic view of morality. Students are invited to ponder how legalism can often effect the Christian understanding of God’s grace.

The Problem of Evil

How can a good God allow evil in the world? This question has plagued Christians and non-Christians alike for centuries. This session provides thought-provoking answers to some of the toughest questions surrounding the issue of evil.

The Threads

We live in stories, we tell stories, we listen to stories, and we relate to stories. Stories are how we understand the world around us. In fact, one’s worldview can be seen as a meta-narrative. It’s important to understand that everyone has a big story they believe, and it’s important to believe the right story. In this session, students are urged to think about the threads that make their story, and discover what meta-narrative they find themselves in. It’s important for Christians to live the same story they believe.

Why I Am a Christian: An Introduction to Apologetics

We will look at the most common reasons Christians give for why they embrace Christianity and show how a skeptical world often shoots those reasons down. Then we’ll discuss the primary reason why we ought to embrace Christianity: because it’s true. We’ll clarify this controversial claim and show how the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality, not wishful thinking. Of course, such a claim is followed by questions of how we can know Christianity is true, so we’ll look at the importance of apologetics for Christians living in the 21st century.