Thrive! 2017 Featured Speakers

May 25-27, 2017: Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The numbers before the talks below represent the session numbers; the letters represents the interest codes.

Interest Codes for Talks                                                                                                              
G               General interest to all parents                                                                    T               Teens and alums
B               Beginners and inquirers                                                                              L               Parents of struggling learners
Y               Parents of young children preschool to early elementary                       D               Dads
O               Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school)              M              Mom
P               Parents of teens (and possibly teens)


Adam Andrews is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. Since 2003 he has traveled throughout the United States and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis. Adam’s dynamic presentations enable students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents and teachers with new vision for their task as educators. Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D.  He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville, Washington.  He and his wife, Missy, a Hillsdale graduate and accomplished educator in her own right, teach their children at home in Rice, Washington.

2   G       Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates—Literary Analysis for Everyone
Friday Keynote       Homeschooling’s Highest Goal—Lessons from the Story of Job
4   PD     Witches and Wizards and Wands, Oh My!—a Parent's Guide to Fantasy, Fiction and Faith
6   GB    “It’s Onomatopoeia, Mom!”—Using Children’s Stories to Teach Literary Devices
8   YO    The Socratic Method for Dummies—Become a Great Teacher the Easy Way
                                                            10  P       Raising a Worldview Detective—3 Steps to Thinking Critically about Books, Movies and More

David and Jason Benham, twin brothers, are former professional baseball players, bestselling authors, speakers and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. Their professional accomplishments have been recognized by dozens of publications, including Inc Magazine, Wall St Journal, Business Leader Media and Franchise 500. Their success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014—yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to biblical values. Appearing on Fox News, ESPN, CNN, Fox Business, ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same. As authors of Whatever the Cost and Living among Lions, David and Jason share their story along with biblical principles that will revolutionize your work and family life while giving you the courage to stand up for what is right. The brothers are happily married with a combined nine children and live in Charlotte, NC.

2   GT     WORKship: Making Your Work Worship
Thursday Keynote      Whatever the Cost


Jeremiah and Jean Castille are the proud parents of six children, four of whom were homeschooled. They are the founders of the Jeremiah Castille Foundation which focuses on mentoring youth. Jeremiah grew up in a dysfunctional home, but mentors contributed greatly to his successes in life. Most notable was the legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who instilled discipline and leadership in Jeremiah. Coach Bryant taught him that with a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and integrity, he could do great things. Coach Bryant’s guidance and Jeremiah’s resolve led Jeremiah to numerous successes including being selected the MVP in Coach Bryant’s last Liberty Bowl game. For six years, Jeremiah played professional football with Tampa Bay and Denver. As a member of the Denver Broncos, he played in Super Bowl XXII. Throughout his professional career, Jeremiah’s purpose in life became clearer. His experiences led him to mentor, coach and encourage at-risk youth. In 1999, Jeremiah and Jean founded Jeremiah Castille Foundation. The foundation’s vision is to invest, influence, impact and inspire youth, in order to rebuild and restore generations.

2   GT     Fulfilling Your Destiny
5   GT     12 Qualities of Leadership
8   G       Raising Your Child to Be a Champion
                                                                            9   GT     The Power of Identity
                                                                           11  G       7 Things to Add to Your Child's Faith

Jonathan Morrow (D.Min, M.Div., M.A.) is a sought after speaker and teacher who has a gift for explaining challenging topics in ways the rest of us can understand. He is the author of several books including Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey and Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority and is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. He also contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. As the director of cultural engagement for Impact 360 Institute, Jonathan trains high school and college students in the Institute's two-week summer immersion experience and the nine-month gap year program. Jonathan speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation of Christ-followers understand why they believe what they believe. Visit him online at

1   T        Building a Confident Faith in a Confused Culture
3   T        Has Science Made God Unnecessary?
4   T        Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
6   T        Has the Bible Been Corrupted and Changed?
8   T        What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Bible and Homosexuality
                                                             9   P        How to Help Students Own Their Faith
                                                            11  T        God and the Problem of Evil and Suffering

Cindy Rollins is the 2016 winner of the Russell Kirk Paideia Prize and the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Time, Nursey Rhymes, and My Journey toward Sanctification (2016). She was a homeschooling mom of 9 (8 boys and 1 girl) who attended Stetson University and Toccoa Falls College. She was drawn towards homeschooling after hearing Raymond Moore in his original Focus on the Family Broadcast in the early 1980's. For over ten years, she blogged through her efforts to homeschool under the classical principles of Charlotte Mason, and she can now be found blogging for The CiRCE Institute where she also hosts The Mason Jar, a Charlotte Mason/Classical Education podcast. While her heart’s desire is to encourage moms, she  has a special concern for those raising sons. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband, Tim, their dog, Max, and however many children happen to be home.

1   G       Small Latin and Less Greek: Classical Education for Everyman
3   G       Self-Education: The Habit of Being
5   M       What Are We Doing to Our Boys Redux? A Mom’s View
7   M       Mere Motherhood: What Is a Family?
9   G       What Is a Teacher? Finding Rest in the Role


Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner have spent the last twenty years developing parenting and youth character development resources designed to assist parents in their all-important parenting journey. Both Steve and Megan are trained Christian counselors with years of experience counseling couples, parents and young adults. As a pilot for American Airlines, Steve was originally scheduled to be the First Officer on Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, and he has a very powerful testimony from this experience. Steve received his doctorate in 2011, with his thesis focused on the role of parents in the character development of children. Their extensive training and research into character development has uniquely prepared Steve and Megan to equip and encourage parents. In addition, their eight children have given Steve and Megan the opportunity for years of testing their practical tips and techniques. Along with speaking at conferences and churches around the country, Steve and Megan have appeared as guests on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, In the Market with Janet Parshall, the Glenn Beck TV show, and various other venues. Join with them to train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like, character healthy leaders.

1   G       The A to Z of a Characterhealthy Homeschool (Megan)
3   G       Marriage and Parenting Go Hand-in-Hand (Steve and Megan)
4   M       Woman to Woman: The Mentoring Model (Megan)
6   OP     Battling with Behavior? (Steve)
8   OP     Training Young Men to Be Gentlemen in a Feminist Culture (Steve)
Saturday Keynote   Living on Borrowed Time, the Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent (Steve)
9   Y        The Toddler Toolbox (Megan)
10  D      2ML (Second Mile Leadership for Men) (Steve)