January 27, 2015

Convention Speakers

Keynote Speaker – Michael Farris

Founder and Chairman of HSLDA and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College
Home School Legal Defense Association – www.hslda.com
Patrick Henry College – www.phc.edu

Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization.

Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity Farris has argued as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the state Supreme Courts and appellate courts of thirteen states. Additionally, Farris is the author of numerous amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court.

Farris is nationally known as a pioneering leader of the modern homeschooling movement. His leadership of Home School Legal Defense Association has taken him to nearly every state and a growing number of other nations.

As the founding president of Patrick Henry College, Farris has helped to launch a highly regarded Christian college that is founded on a strong commitment to biblical truth and the classical liberal arts—the twin pillars of the educational practices of the founding generation of the United States. At PHC, Farris teaches constitutional law, public international law, and has coached the PHC Moot Court team to seven national championships—including each of the most recent five tournaments.

Farris is the author of over 15 books, a number of law review and other scholarly articles, and countless articles in the popular press. He has appeared on every national television network, dozens of talk shows, and played himself in a motion picture. He is the author and narrator of a popular video series entitled Constitutional Literacy. He is the co-host of a daily radio show, Homeschool Heartbeat played on nearly a thousand stations.

For his work in home education, Education Week Magazine named him one of the top 100 “Faces in Education” for the 20th century. Mike and Vickie Farris have 10 children and 17 grandchildren.

Featured Speaker – Tracy Klicka MacKillop

Wife of the Late Homeschool Pioneer Christopher Klicka, Mother of 7, and Director of Development for Home School Foundation
Tracy’s Website – www.tracyklicka.com
The Homeschool Foundation – www.homeschoolfoundation.org

Tracy Klicka MacKillop is a homeschooling mom of seven children, four of which have graduated with three married, and three teens still at home. She is also the widow of Christopher J. Klicka, an international pioneer in the homeschool movement and senior counsel for the Home School Legal Defense Association for over 24 years, who passed away on October 12, 2009 after a courageous, 15-year battle with MS.

Tracy is a seasoned homeschooler and gifted writer and speaker. For over 15 years, she has addressed thousands of parents at homeschooling conventions and women’s events, has written dozens of articles, and has appeared on television both nationally and internationally. Tracy has contributed to her late husband’s several books on homeschooling, and blogs at www.tracyklicka.com.

She currently serves part-time as Director of Development for the Home School Foundation (www.homeschoolfoundation.org), and writes for HSLDA’s Everyday Homeschooling blog column (www.HSLDA.org/blogs). Out of many years of great hardship, yet with a steadfast joy and certainty that God is good all the time, Tracy loves to encourage parents to see His fresh grace for each new day.

Featured Speaker – John and Ynita Swomley

Creation Educators and Founders of JandY Ministry
JandY Website – www.jandyministry.com

JandY is a ministry team of John and Ynita Swomley. John is a full-time youth evangelist and speaker. Prior to full-time ministry, which began 4 years ago, John and Ynita were family entertainers. JandY has taken their abilities and combined them with their passion to reach the youth whose culture changes constantly with the Truth that never changes. Their passion is to teach Biblical Creation and to answer tough questions that the youth have. “Edutainment” is used to accomplish this with age appropriate sessions that captivate the minds and hearts of the youth. They use gospel illusions, balloon bending, puppets, comedy skits and more to teach the students. They are members of First Baptist Church in Inwood, WV where they have served for more than 25 years. Ynita is the Outreach Ministry Coordinator for their church and their former church secretary. Her passion is for the community. She believes we need to love God, love others and to serve them both. They both have a desire to share the Gospel, to strengthen the students faith and bring Biblical understanding to topics that the world has caused the students to question.