Speakers and workshops change every year, but previous workshops have included topics like those listed below:
Steve McCully is a retired school teacher who taught junior high school math here in Washington state for forty-two years. During the thirty-seven years he spent at the same school he also coached a variety of sports. During his career he taught a variety of “levels” of math from intervention for kids lacking in basic skills up through algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. He has a love for kids and a passion for seeing them be successful working with numbers. He and a former student have developed MathPro, an instructional math tool designed to make working with numbers an easy, non-threatening and enjoyable process for students, parents, and teachers. Steve is the oldest son of missionary Ed McCully, one of five men killed in January of 1956 by a group of people they were trying to befriend in an effort to bring them the Good News (Great News, actually😊) that God loves them and wants to spend eternity with them. The story is one of the most well-known missionary stories of the twentieth century and Steve has had the privilege of sharing it countless times in a variety of settings for most of his adult life.
Family Missionary Story Steve is passionate about sharing his family's story and you won't want to miss it! His father, Ed McCully, was one of the missionaries killed by Waorani tribesmen in Ecuador, along with Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and two others. It is one of the best-known missionary stories of the 20th century. It was first reported in Life Magazine in January of 1956 and later detailed in the book Through Gates of Splendor by the widow of one of the men killed. This story is a perfect example of what God tells us in Genesis 50:20 and is influencing people to love and serve Christ still today, 66 years later!
MathPro Games! Did you know that success in math is one of the keys to overall educational success? Did you know that working with numbers can be easy and learned in a non-threatening, enjoyable environment? Come see the activities and games we have for little ones learning to group and count and recognize numbers, up through elementary and middle school kids performing all of the basic mathematical operations and older kids working with perfect squares and square roots and using algebraic formulas to solve problems. MathPro has it all, and it is all fun!
With a degree in Education that spans PK-12, Lisa Dettinger has taught professionally for over 25 years and homeschooled for 17 years. Lisa equipped nearly 1,000 local Madison, WI students with writing skills through her live classes and after eight years of receiving rave reviews, she created “PowerHouse Writing” e-courses for grades 4-12. As a certified Christian Life Coach, she developed the “Supermoms Coaching Club” e-course to encourage homeschool moms and she authored the book Fully Whelmed: Shifting from Overwhelm to Overflow. Lisa was blessed to help launch a Christian school on a mission base in Ghana, Africa in 2019. In 2020 she started a school in her home, where she relishes teaching her writing courses live and employing her life coaching skills on a daily basis with her twelve students, aged 11-15.
Essays for the Middle-Schooler: Easy as 1-2-3! Got a reluctant or rambling writer? Learn the simple numerical formula for writing essays that will transform your middle schooler’s attitude about writing from “No way!” to “Hooray!” Organized thinking translates into an organized essay. No purchase, program, or commitment necessary! Sound too good to be true? See it to believe it. Invite your 4th-8th graders to this session as well!
The Fully Whelmed Homeschooler Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). Are you living an abundant Life or are you struggling to keep your head above water? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by homeschooling or anything else in your life, there is a solution. Join Christian Life Coach Lisa Dettinger for an opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your perspective on the overwhelming circumstances of your life - especially homeschooling (Rom. 12:2).
Yes, You are Supermom! We all try to be supermom by “doing it all.” What if it’s less about DOing and more about BEing? Discover how to combat the kryptonites in your life so you can allow the Holy Spirit to be your greatest, undefeatable superpower.
Award-winning author Carmen Peone lives with her tribal husband, Joe, on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation in Northeast Washington. She gathers cultural knowledge from family and community members and has studied the language and various cultural traditions and legends under the late Marguerite Ensminger. She is a horse and photography enthusiast. Learn more at https://carmenpeone.com/.
WORKSHOP: Indigenous Hands Help Build Our Nation’s Firm Foundation Native American men and women God has used to help shape our nation and their Native heritage and culture include Squanto, Mary Peters Doxtator, Mourning Dove, Susan La Flesche Picotte, and Wilma Mankiller. Come find out how.
Marchauna Rodgers is a second-generation homeschooler brings a unique perspective to the homeschool journey. A mother of eight between 10 and 26, with four homeschool graduates and four students still at home, Marchauna has years of experience with parenting, home education, and stewarding the hearts of special needs kids. She holds an MA in Development and Justice from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and is working towards a Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership. In addition to her studies, Marchauna helped start a development organization serving rural Uganda that is impacting the lives of more than 5,000 children, helping set them on a path out of poverty. WORKSHOP: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow More and more executive head hunters are looking for people with "soft skills" to fill corner offices, people who are compassionate, know how to listen, and can treat other people with respect. Unfortunately, those skills are increasingly difficult to come by. The reality is, what we think are universal values are actually biblical values. As Christian parents we can help our children grow their "soft skills" by helping them understand where they come from. We can also help our children understand the difference between being a leader and being an influencer, giving them the tools to be an influencer regardless of what their title may be. Come hear specific strategies for helping your children become anti-fragile, understand leadership vs influence, value vs performance, and the true measure of success. Pulled from the latest books on leadership, parenting, and education, then integrated with a biblical worldview, this is a nuts-and-bolts workshop that will help you develop your children to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Jennifer Caraway My husband and I have homeschooled our children from the start. We were both public schoolers and felt that we could do a better job for our kids. Plus we enjoy having them around! It’s allowed us to stay close as a family. We have 2 kids, 11yo and 7yo, and we both work full time. We make it work so that the kids always have a parent at home with them. Both of us homeschool the kids.
I have been on the Washington Homeschool Organization Board for the last two years and have been advocating for homeschooler rights for the last 5 years. On January 19, 2022 I went to Washington DC as part of the HSLDA Congressional Action Program (CAP) to help lobby for homeschoolers.
Jennifer earned a BS in Biology, BA in History and MS in Environmental Management.
WORKSHOPS: Intro to Homeschooling: Join Jennifer Caraway, a Washington Homeschool Organization Board Member and part of the WHO advocacy team, for a quick-paced introduction to homeschooling, as well as WA and ID homeschool law. Encouraging, entertaining, and empowering for new homeschool parents!
High School Transcripts: What is a transcript? Why is it necessary? How do I create one? How do I determine GPA? Join Jennifer for answers to these questions and more, untangling the mysteries of transcripting your high schooler’s work.
Erin Bishop was born and raised in Spokane. She and her husband have a teenage son, daughter, son- in-law, and baby grandson. She is the founder and president of Whatever Girls, an international ministry based on Philippians 4:8 that is focused on small group discipleship for girls (k-12). Erin is passionate about discipling girls in their God-given purposes and helping them become rooted and established in God’s Word, supporting, and encouraging moms, and raising awareness about the critical role dads play in a girl’s life. Erin is a proud American and is passionate about learning and teaching about our country’s Christian heritage. She enjoys fresh flowers in her grandma’s old mason jars, collecting vintage cookbooks, gardening, canning, picking huckleberries, hiking, and spending time at her favorite place, Priest Lake. Most important to her is spending time with family and friends that are like family.
WORKSHOP: (Girls, ages 6-11): Did God Really Say “______”? Is the Bible still relevant today, or was it only for people who lived thousands of years ago? Does the Bible really have all the answers? Does God really understand the things going on in my life? We will have fun exploring the Bible and find answers to these questions and more, together!
Steve Shoop is a graduate of Northwest University and has held credentials with the General Council of the Assemblies of God since 1983. He and his wife, Amy, launched ENGAGE in 1998. ENGAGE is a program where 18 y/o+ students can serve on the mission field while working on their higher education.
Earn College Discounts: Many of our partner schools offer at least 50% discounts to ENGAGE students.
Gain Hands-On Experience: Our students will experience missionary life, gaining first-hand knowledge of some of the challenges and rewards facing missionaries.
Find Your Destiny: Engage creates a path for students to DISCOVER and CLARIFY their DESTINY. Come engage in the Great Commission to reach 6.7 billion people for Christ, while pursuing your degree! www.engagemylife.org
WORKSHOP (for Teens & Parents): ENGAGE-ing THE NEXT GENERATION
Do you want the experience of a lifetime that will not only impact the world for Christ, but also earn college credits and even tuition discounts? Parents, do you want your student to learn in an environment free from perspectives hostile to your faith? Come learn about ENGAGE: a fantastic opportunity for 18 y/o+ students who want hands-on adventure, practical training on the mission field, and a well-laid path to your God-given destiny! Presented by missionary and founder, Steve Shoop.
Ron Hauenstein is the founder of the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative, a faith-based non-profit that works to restore the importance, honor, value and dignity of fatherhood. His passion for the fatherless was birthed in his experience as a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission’s Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. As Ron ministered to moms and kids, he witnessed the family devastation that comes from fatherlessness.
Ron and his wife Becky attend Victory Faith Fellowship in the Spokane Valley and have lived in Spokane since 1993. They have two grown children. Ron also is the self-proclaimed King of Dad Jokes.
SpoFI is founded on the belief that fatherlessness is the root cause of nearly all of the society’s problems. SpoFI provides fatherhood and parent training classes, direct support for dads and families and stages community events to change the culture.
WORKSHOP - The Father Faculty: Rules for Dads Who Teach Children constantly observe their fathers, which means Dad is always teaching something! This workshop will help you (1) understand how most lessons from Dad are “caught,” not taught, (2) learn how to praise children without creating an entitlement mentality and (3) strengthen your child’s emotional foundation and identity by meeting their two most fundamental needs.
Nathan Henry is directing Spokane127, a faith-based, non-profit ministry under the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative. We are working to see healthy families waiting for every child - inspiring, recruiting, and resourcing the local church to foster and adopt the kids in their own backyards.
Nathan and his wife, Rami, recent transplants to Spokane, adopted their three kids through foster care in Denver, Colorado, where they themselves benefitted from the ministry of Project1.27. As they walked along side other foster families who had NOT gone through this ministry, they noted the clear contrast – how much more beautiful their own journey was because of Project1.27’s involvement. A year after having moved to Spokane, in obedience to the Lord, not knowing exactly why – God revealed the space for something like Project.127 here in Spokane. As Nathan investigated, he quickly discovered the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative already housed a seed of a Spokane127 and that they’d been praying 2 YEARS for a gardener.
After serving over 30 years as a lay minister in the church and 19 years as an account manager in the corporate world, this is a new chapter for Nathan. We’re excited to see how God tailors things to fit Washington’s dynamics, strengths, and needs.
Nathan and his family attend North Church and have lived in Colbert since 2019.
WORKSHOP: The Father Faculty: Rules for Dads Who Teach Children constantly observe their fathers, which means Dad is always teaching something! This workshop will help you (1) understand how most lessons from Dad are “caught,” not taught, (2) learn how to praise children without creating an entitlement mentality and (3) strengthen your child’s emotional foundation and identity by meeting their two most fundamental needs.
Nathan will be presenting the same workshop that Ron Hauenstein is presenting; the infomration is so important, we wanted to offer it twice!
Katie LaPierre is a homeschooling mama of nine children, fourteen and under, as well as an author. Because of her passion to encourage young mothers, she runs a ministry called Eternally Minded Mamas. Her husband, Scott, is the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church, an author, and conference speaker. They grew up together in northern California, and they currently reside in Woodland, Washington.
WORKSHOPS: Homeschooling Newbies Just starting homeschooling? Feeling overwhelmed and wanting direction? Katie LaPierre has nine kids and has been home schooling for 12 years. She would love to share with you some encouragement and practical tips as well as answer any homeschooling questions you may have! Katie really believes that homeschooling doesn't have to be complicated to be successful.
Needing Some Homeschool Encouragement? Katie LaPierre runs a ministry called Eternally Minded Mamas and truly believes that an eternal perspective is the answer to finding encouragement at any time. Come listen to Katie share ways that she practically counsels herself out of dealing with the anxieties and difficulties that come with homeschooling. Katie's heart is to encourage women in the Lord and point them toward Christ in all things including homeschooling.
Scott LaPierre is a senior pastor, author, and conference speaker. He holds an MA in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Scott and his wife, Katie, have been married for more than fifteen years. A former schoolteacher and Army officer, Scott currently leads a church in Washington State and supports his family on his pastor’s salary, allowing Katie to stay home with their nine children. Both are passionate advocates of homeschooling. Learn more about Pastor Scott at his website: www.scottlapierre.org.
WORKSHOPS: Strong Marriages for Healthy, Homeschooling Environments – Homeschooling children can flourish when parents have strong, healthy marriages. Conversely, children suffer when there’s conflict between Mom and Dad. Learn how parents can have relationships that allow children to prosper, not just academically, but emotionally and spiritually. God's word has the answer for how to decrease stress and increase joy in the homeschooling home! As the author of marriage, God placed the instructions in His Word that allow us to experience blessing. Whether preparing for your wedding, newlyweds, or marriage veterans, learn the “biblical recipe for a healthy, joyful, Christ- centered relationship.”
Your Finances God’s Way—Replace negative spending habits with positive patterns that set you on the road to financial freedom. Drawing from the Bible’s wisdom on money management, learn essential financial steps backed by proven practices.
Bob Grammer and Dennis Conte – Trail Life USA
BIO: Adult volunteer Trail Life USA leader since its inception in 2014. Current Trail Life service levels include: Troop Level (CDA, ID), NW Inland Empire area level, Northwest Regional level and National committee level. Father of four grown Christian homeschooled children. I currently oversee our Trail Life troop at Trinity Church in Coeur d’Alene as the Troop Ministry Liaison. Jobs at other Trail Life levels include assisting churches to learn about and to start new Trail Life troops, teaching shooting sports at the local, area and regional levels and serving on national Trail Life committees that are continuing to develop and improve the 8-year-old Trail Life program. My hobbies are many and include hunting, fishing, boating and gold prospecting. I am a retired metallurgical engineer and spent most of my life working with space age metals, and melting and heat treating furnaces used in the manufacture of metal products.
WORKSHOP: Pan for Gold! Introduction to Trail Life USA, a Christian Outdoor Adventure Program for Boys 5-18. Opening prayer; Short video and verbal introduction to Trail Life USA and how the program serves youth in their Christian walk; Short devotional on the importance of youth intentionally working to improve their Christian character (Colossians 1:10). 2nd short Trail Life video by Mark Hancock, CEO Trail Life USA on “What’s Different about Trail Life?” And a fun, hands-on activity teaching the youth attending how to pan for gold. (An activity that would get them outdoors to enjoy God’s creation.)
Will Marron and his 4 homeschooled sons have built God's World Exploration Station near Leavenworth WA, a museum to help people trust the Bible. Will has taught Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, Physical Science and more. He has done decades of paleontology field research and excavating, and the Lord even blessed he and his sons with discovering the first dinosaur fossils in Washington. Will does monthly presentations at the museum.
WORKSHOPS: 1. A Fascinating Intro to Atoms Thought provoking ways of understanding atoms with insight you probably have never learned before. This presentation will include a couple interesting chemical reaction demonstrations.
2. Mankind and the Great Ice Age We will look at artifacts and even houses built by mammoth hunters; changes in sea levels, land bridges, ruins that are now under the ocean, how people were living in different parts of the world; Biblical clues; the Medieval European Warming Period, the North Sea and Dutch Dikes.
Deborah Knutson - Education NW Resources
BIO: After studying Physics at Whitworth University and finding out her brother had cancer, Deborah's journey changed from dreams of working for NASA to becoming a teacher in the Spokane area. God used that difficult transition to redirect her to His purpose for her life: to help others achieve their God-given identity and purpose through education. Since 2003, Deborah has worked with the homeschooling community as a teacher, advocate, and test proctor. She is humbled and honored to be a part of this Conference and to help build a strong foundation for Kingdom education.
Bridging the Gap During Times of Transition: We all go through transitions in life. How do we prepare our children for transitions in life that could affect their learning along the way? Find out the value of firm foundations during transitions that counter-balance the influence of the world.
Processing Disorders (Part 1): Why is my child struggling so much to learn? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Find out more about the symptoms of processing disorders and what it is like to live with them and to overcome the obstacles they create.
Processing Disorders (Part 2): The 2nd part will include strategies and techniques that will make teaching and learning more effective for homeschooled students and will lay a stronger foundation for learning in the future.
At KidOne Camps our number one focus is on children. Our mission is to invest in the lives of the children of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. We turn your child’s ordinary summer into a summer of exploration, creativity and fun. This is our one focus and first priority, hence the name KidOne. It is our purpose to provide families with a fun environment where children can grow.
We are a Christian organization, and it is our passion to tell young children about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the message of salvation. We are here to reach out to children with the gospel (Mark 16:15), help them grow in relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18) and give them answers about the world from the Bible (1 Pet. 3:15). Your child’s ordinary summer will be transformed into a fun yet strong foundation for their future. This is our calling. To read more visit our website.
WORKSHOPS: FRIDAY, APRIL 29 TH , 2022 THE BIGGEST QUESTION – Session #1 (2:30-4:00pm) INCLUDES SNACK Everything comes down to The Biggest Question: “Does God exist?” Everything in our life is based on how we answer this question. But can we really know if God exists? Is there any evidence for His existence? There are a lot of people who say God isn’t real. How do we know? In this session we answer The Biggest Question with answers from the Bible.
THE GOOD QUESTION – Session #3 (6:30-7:45pm) How can there be a loving God when bad things happen to good people? Why are there bad things at all? If God is good and loves us, wouldn't He keep anything bad from happening to us? Where is God during tornadoes or earthquakes or wars? In this camp we answer The Good Question through the life of the man named Job.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 TH , 2022 THE BAD QUESTION – Session #4 (9:00-10:30am) INCLUDES SNACK Is sin really a big deal? If God is loving, can’t He just overlook sin and not send anyone to Hell? But wait, is this the real God revealed to us in the Bible? In this session, we’ll look at The Bad Question, and find out what God’s Word tells us about God’s holiness, how He is a just Judge, and how this affects us.
THE LOVING QUESTION – Session #7 (2:00-4:00pm) INCLUDES SNACK TIME PERFORMANCE IN WORSHIP CENTER We’ve got a big problem. We try to live a perfect life, but we’ve all sinned. Does God look down on us and reject us because we can’t do it right? Does God even care about us or is He just a distant being that isn’t involved with this world anymore? Session 4 asks The Loving Question, and we look at the truth in the Bible to discover God’s true character to answer this question.
Radical Rick has provided hands-on science programs to children in the Inland Empire since September 2000. After working at Hewlett Packard for twenty years, Rick realized that it was time to do something that he REALLY enjoyed – working with kids, making slime, shooting off rockets and, most importantly, blowing stuff up! No, seriously, he LOVES blowing stuff up! It should be noted that safety is top priority! While Rick enjoys introducing children to the incredible world around us through fun and exciting science demonstrations, his number one rule is always “Safety first.” Rick is the owner of Extreme Science. Extreme Science provides hands-on after school science programs to local elementary students as well as in-class field trips and, according to many principals and students, the best assemblies ever! You can see Radical Rick almost every Saturday morning on KHQ, channel 6 during their morning news broadcast. Or, better yet, you can register for his new online science club on his website at www.ExtremeScienceFun.com
2 Workshops: Saturday, April 30th , 2022
SESSION # 5 (10:30-11:30 am) Mixtures and Solutions Come explore the difference between a mixture and a solution in this EXPLOSIVE class….literally! Students will also explore the difference between physical and chemical reactions.
SESSION # 6 (1:00-2:00 pm) Extreme Science Show Come and discover some amazing demonstrations using the air that surrounds us! Join Radical Rick as we explore Bernoulli’s principle, the magnus effect, marshmallow shooters and more.
CFHE is trying to serve the broad needs of the faith-based homeschooling community in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area. Participation in our events is not necessarily an endorsement of different organizations or individuals.