Keynote Speaker – Israel Wayne
Founder of Family Renewal Ministries, Author, and Second Generation Homeschool Dad of Eight Children
Family Renewal Ministries – www.familyrenewal.org
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books “Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview”, “Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship”, “Questions God Asks” and “Questions Jesus Asks”. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest and the Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.
Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues. Israel has written articles for the following magazines and websites: Answers (Answers In Genesis), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries, The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others.
He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel’s family began home educating in 1978 and has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences with over 5,000 in attendance.
Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their eight young children.
Israel desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.
Featured Speakers – Jenni Stahlmann and Jody Hagaman
Radio Show Hosts of “POP Parenting with Jenni & Jody” and Homeschool Moms
POP Parenting with Jenni & Jody – www.jenniandjody.com
Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with nine kids between them (ages 3 to 27). Together they host a weekly parenting radio show, write a syndicated weekly column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to live on purpose with excellence, and to raise kids with the end result in mind.
Featured Speaker – Morris Yoder
Founder of The Heavens Declare, Author, and Astronomer
The Heavens Declare – www.createdheavens.com
Morris Yoder is a lifelong resident of Montezuma, Georgia. His fascination with the heavenly realm was born out of tragedy. As a five-year-old boy, he and his mother rushed to the family farm after hearing that his father had been attacked by a bull. There, Morris saw his badly wounded father, Allen, barely clinging to consciousness. A few hours later he passed away.
Morris remembers that his life was instantly changed by this event. An ominous, foreboding sense of emptiness held him in its clutch. In his childlike way of thinking, he couldn’t understand why a good God would let a bad bull kill his father. As a result, he became bitter, lonely, and withdrawn.
Nurtured by his mother’s loving care, Morris grew older. As he grew, he continued to hear testimonies of how wonderful God was. He felt tired of resenting God and wanted to experience His goodness too. In addition, he desperately wanted a father figure in his life. So, several years after his father’s death, Morris made a pact with God. He told God that he would accept what had happened to his father, if God would fill the emptiness in his life and be a personal father to him. God responded to that prayer, and in the years that followed, He revealed Himself to Morris so clearly that it seemed God was always with him just as his earthly father had been.
As Morris looked up into the sky on quiet nights, the awe-inspiring heavens helped to soothe the gloomy emptiness in his being by speaking of something far greater than anything he had experienced on earth. He felt certain as he gazed upward that he was seeing the place where his father had gone and where his new Father dwelled. These realizations sparked his keen interest in the heavens and ultimately led to a more serious study of the cosmos.
In recent years, Morris has been sharing his findings with others at churches and community events. He is also a regular writer for the children’s magazine, Nature Friend and author of the book The Celestial Message. Morris has been married to his wife Elizabeth since 2010 and they have two sons.