Adult Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Ken Ham - Keynote Speaker - AHEA Convention 2018

Ken Ham

Speaker Bio

Ken Ham

The president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and America's latest major tourist attraction the Ark Encounter (with a life-size Noah's Ark as the centerpiece, south of Cincinnati), Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. This includes being a keynote speaker at the prestigious National Religious Broadcasters convention (2016) and over the years filling the pulpit of First Baptist Atlanta, Bellevue Baptist (Memphis), Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and many other influential churches.

Ham, a native Australian who now lives near Cincinnati, is a prominent blogger and the author of numerous books on the accuracy and authority of the Bible, starting with its very first verse. He appears frequently on American TV; in one year alone it was: Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Good Morning America, the BBC, etc.

As CEO of a ministry that has over 700 full-time and part-time staff, Ken hosts the daily radio program, “ANSWERS with Ken Ham,” heard on more than 900 stations in America and is one of the editors and contributing authors for AiG’s Answers magazine, an award-winning biblical worldview publication with over 70,000 worldwide subscribers.

Answers in Genesis: answersingenesis.org

Topics Include:

  • Genesis and The State of The Culture
  • Communicating the Gospel in Todays Secularized Culture
  • Science Confirms the Bible
  • Defending the Christian Faith in Todays Culture
Heidi St. John - Keynote Speaker - AHEA Convention 2018

Heidi St. John

Speaker Bio

Heidi St. John

Heidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. They have seven children (and a son-in-law) ranging in age from toddler to young adult and have homeschooled their children all the way through high school. A popular author and conference speaker, Heidi brings a refreshing mix of information and inspiration to listeners on the radio, in person and through the written word. Heidi’s transparency and honesty are like a breath of fresh air in a world where too many speakers seem to have all the answers. Her ability to be real with her listeners and readers allows them to identify with her at a deep level which in turn allows Heidi to gently lead her audience toward the Savior who actually DOES have all the answers.

Heidi's Website: heidistjohn.com

Topics Include:

  • Becoming MomStrong
  • The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide™ to Daylight: How to
  • Fit Your Size 16 Day Into a Size 10
  • The First Three Years: A Workshop for Homeschool Rookies
  • Fearless Homeschooling: How to Ignore the Critics and
  • Do What’s Best for Your Child
  • Homeschooling Held Hostage
  • Multi-Level Teaching
Todd Wilson - Keynote Speaker - AHEA Convention 2018

Todd Wilson

Speaker Bio

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson, author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website. Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark.

Todd's Website: familymanweb.com

Topics Include:

  • This, We Believe!
  • Life After Graduation - Helping Your Children Choose the Best Route
  • Lies Homeschoolers Believe
  • What to do When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According to Plan
  • Raising Dangerous Sons in a Safe and Mediocre World
  • 10 Things You Need to Teach Your Daughter Before She Graduates

Additional Speakers

Kristine Buchholtz

Speaker Bio

Kristine Buchholtz

Kristine Buchholtz has been married to Darrel for almost 26 years and has five children ranging in age from 12 to 25. She has homeschooled their children for the past 20 years, with their oldest four having moved on to postsecondary studies after completing high school at home and their youngest still being homeschooled. Kristine currently serves as the editor of AHEA’s magazine, HOME Matters, and her passions include editing, writing, grammar, history, worldview studies, spending time with family, and all things chocolate.

Topic: The High School Adventure: Q & A Session

Jeff Gillies

Jeff Gillies

Speaker Bio

Jeff Gillies

Jeff Gillies is a researcher, inventor, scientist, and builder who is finding a way to enjoy meaningful work alongside his family, while surrounding himself in healthy food and healthy landscapes. His goal is to remove the barriers for people looking for positive change, and make it easy and comfortable for them to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. After growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Jeff got a degree in Environmental Science and worked in the oilfield industry in construction and reclamation. After hearing about Permaculture Design, Jeff & his family dove in with both feet in converting their acreage near Rocky Mountain House to a farm that produces organic food and uses renewable energy.

Topic: Johnny Appleseed Meets Godzilla: A Discussion Of Our Environmental Handprint Compared To Our Large Footprint. Could Your Child Be The Next Green Super Hero?

Miranda Hamer

Miranda Hamer

Speaker Bio

Miranda Hamer

Miranda graduated from Prairie High School in 1998. Then in 2003, Miranda graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the U of A and an Associates Religion and Arts Degree from NABC. She taught one year in London, England and seven years in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Miranda married the love of her life in 2005 and together they are blessed with three wonderful boys. Miranda resigned from being a school teacher and is currently homeschooling her boys. Miranda directs drama camps for kids and provides workshops on integrating drama into the learning environment for teachers/ parents. One of her favorite teaching quotes is taken from an old Native American Proverb, “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.

Topic: Integrating Drama (Games/ Movement/ Music/ Play) Into Your Home

Sharla Kostelyk

Sharla Kostelyk

Speaker Bio

Sharla Kostelyk

Sharla Kostelyk is the mother of 7 children by birth and adoption, including five who have additional needs. She is an author and adoption advocate and has been homeschooling for 17 years. She is passionate about helping moms who are struggling with overwhelm find bits of joy along the journey. You can find her blogging about parenting, sensory and adoption at The Chaos and The Clutter.

Topic: Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Leana Kratko -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Leana Kratko

Speaker Bio

Leana Kratko

Leana and her husband started homeschooling 9 years ago. When they first decided to homeschool, they attended a local Homeschool Conference with a goal of finding homeschool curriculum that they both liked. One of the greatest parts of homeschooling for Leana was that she was learning things with her kids. She has also been able to watch how each of her 4 daughters has benefited from homeschooling even with their different personalities and learning styles. Leana and her family live in Calgary, Alberta Canada. When she’s not teaching her girls she can be found outside somewhere shooting archery, camping, gardening, snowshoeing. . . whatever the weather allows.

Topic: Building A Solid Math Foundation

John Loge -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

John Loge

Speaker Bio

John Loge

John loves the Lord Jesus with all his heart. He also loves to teach and preach, hunt and fish, deliver babies and work in the emergency room. He is the husband of but one wife, father of four, and his favorite place to travel is Israel. He has been on mission trips to Republic of Congo three times; Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and India each once. A very thankful recipient of God’s grace, his passion is to share what God has taught and given him, whether professionally as a physician or a Bible teacher.

Topic: Teaching A “Living” Bible At Home

Thérèse McDonald -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Thérèse McDonald

Speaker Bio

Thérèse McDonald

Therese McDonald and her husband, home educated for 22 beautiful years, with all of her four children living joyful adult lives. She now devotes a significant amount of time to helping parents and families, mentoring and guiding them via her work at attachingheartstohome.org. It is her joy to walk alongside people, helping them find solutions to life's challenges. She is often found speaking to groups and running a family apostolate called Chesterton House. Therese believes home schooling is the finest form of education and yields the loveliest fruits in family life.

Topic: Form the Mind, Form the Child - The Classic Way (How to use the Socratic model of reading and discussion in the home)

Michelle McLay -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Michelle McLay

Speaker Bio

Michelle McLay

Michelle grew up in a family where trips to the library were a weekly occurrence and a love of reading and passion for life-long learning were instilled from an early age. This love of continued learning has inspired Michelle to pursue further on-going formal and informal education, and advocate for parental authority in education. Michelle and her husband have successfully homeschooled their 2 “different learners” though high school, and strongly support the premise that life-learning provides valuable opportunity to better knowledge and experience. Their boys will graduate with a parent-generated transcript and board issued Diploma in June.

Topic: Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child Through High School? YES YOU CAN!

Al Mertes -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Al Mertes

Speaker Bio

Al Mertes

Al received a Bachelor of Religious Education from North American Baptist College and a Masters in Christian Education from Bethel Seminary. He served as a Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna for 22 years and currently teaches at Prairie College as Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries. He is involved in students’ lives not only through teaching but also outside of the classroom—whether it is hosting a weekly Bible study in his home, connecting with students while eating lunch in the cafeteria or using his mechanical skills to help a student with their car.

Topic: Creative Teaching Methods

Calvin Smith -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Calvin Smith

Speaker Bio

Calvin Smith

Calvin has spoken at churches across Canada (and sometimes internationally) on creation apologetics since 2001. For seven years he has also written and cohosted a TV show broadcast worldwide dealing with the creation/evolution issue. He is well known for his ability to engage audiences of all ages and being able to communicate theological concepts and scientific information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Calvin was formerly on the pastoral staff of a church in Guelph, Ontario, overseeing the youth and small group ministries. Through working with young people, both inside the church and with a small group at the University of Guelph, Calvin personally witnessed the devastation brought to our youth by the teaching of evolutionary rationalism. But he also saw the life-transforming effect of biblical answers that encourage people to know that God’s Word can be trusted from the very first verse.

Calvin lives with his wife in Ingersoll, Ontario. His hobbies include music and wrestling.

Topic: Dinosaurs and the Bible

Marianne van der Ahé -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Marianne van der Ahé

Speaker Bio

Marianne van der Ahé

Marianne van der Ahé home-educated her three children through high school using an eclectic mix of curricula. They continued successfully into post-secondary studies. This could be because of the eclectic mix or perhaps in spite of it! She served on the Board of her local support group for many years and still loves to talk about home-education and encourage those who are still teaching their children. She teaches piano and volunteers with several organizations which serve people with disabilities.

Topic: Relationships in the Home-educating Family

Paul van den Bosch -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Paul van den Bosch

Speaker Bio

Paul van den Bosch

Paul van den Bosch and his wife Mary have seven children and have been home educating for over 20 years. Four of their children are now adults and Paul and Mary are home educating the remaining three, aged 18 to 13. Paul and his wife are "traditional home schoolers" and their home educating program is parent-directed and parent-delivered. Paul strongly believes in parents as the primary educators of their children and in AHEA as Alberta's voice that advocates for the home education. He is a home school facilitator and loves speaking with anyone interested in home schooling.

Topic: Documenting High School

Suzette Tanasiuk -
 AHEA Home Education Convention 2018 Speaker

Suzette Tanasiuk

Biography

Suzette Tanasiuk

A long time ago Suzette was trained as an "educator". She worked briefly in the school system before truly beginning her career homeschooling her 4 children. It's been approximately 17 years, although in reality, it's been longer, because . . . when do we really begin teaching our children at home??? One of the main questions that has defined Suzette in this ambitious task is, "what do we do with DIVERSITY and DESTINY?" Diversity in personalities, learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, or just interests? The different drives that propel each individual towards destinies? It was all too much to fit into " a program", or "curriculum". This has lead Suzette on a wild journey of discovery. Pressing into God for the answers of HOW to teach our children to really prepare them for what HE HAS PLANNED for their lives.

Topic: Learning Styles. . . By God

Speakers & schedule subject to change without notice.

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