These are the featured Thrive! speakers for the 2023 conference. In January we will add the additional speakers and the workshops. 

Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, speaking in over 30 countries on issues related to worldviews, culture and ethics. He led two Christian universities as president—Bryan College and Cedarville University. He is the Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and directs the Colson Fellows Program. He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?, Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities. Dr. Brown is the executive producer and speaker for the award-winning DVD series, re:View, a worldview study which equips Christians to discern and engage contemporary culture from a Christ-centered perspective. Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, have two children and four grandchildren.

Talks will be added in January.


Belinda Bullard is the founder of A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources (blessedheritage.com), a leading provider of multicultural history curriculum featuring African American presence and contribution. She is married to her best friend, Reggie and have two daughters and one son, educating them at home. Her youngest child is in college, and her older two are college graduates paving their way in the fashion and performing arts industries. She is a servant of the Most High in her writing, speaking, and business endeavors. As her homeschool journey came to an end, she developed a passion for gardening and the power of food as medicine. She is now a Texas Certified Master Gardener and manager of a two-acre organic garden that services seniors and home-bound clients. Her family’s homeschooling journey, complete with encouragement and the insight she has gained over the years, can be enjoyed at blessedheritagechronicles.com.

Talks will be added in January.


Kirk Martin is the founder of CelebrateCalm.com, host of Calm Parenting Podcast, and homeschooling father. He has shown almost 1,000,000 parents how to stop the yelling, defiance and power struggles with the most strong-willed children. Kirk is known for very practical strategies and scripts delivered with humor and compassion. Learn how to get your kids to listen the first time while building a close, trusting relationship.

Talks will be added in January.

 

 

 


Andrew Pudewa is the founder and principal speaker of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting around the world, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling and music with clarity, insight, practical experience and humor. His seminars for parents, students and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fifteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Talks will be added in January.


Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner have spent the last twenty years developing parenting, grand-parenting and youth character development resources. In 2010, they formed Characterhealth.com to share their researched methods with parents worldwide. The Scheibners are biblical counselors with years of counseling experience. Steve received his doctorate in 2011, writing on the role of parents in the character development of children. Megan earned her master’s in Christian ministry in 2020. Years of research into character development have uniquely prepared them to equip today’s parents. With eight children, their practical tips and techniques have undergone years of hands-on testing. Besides speaking at conferences and churches, the Scheibners appeared as guests on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, In the Market with Janet Parshall, the Glenn Beck TV show, and many other venues. Through seminars, books, podcasts, blogs and articles, they have helped thousands of parents transform their homes and families into relationally strong models of Christian living. Join them as together we train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like and character-healthy leaders.

Talks will be added in January.


Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com.

Talks will be added in January.