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CFS Expo Homeschool Convention
Founder of Familyman Ministries
President and Co-founder of HSLDA
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Michael Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and today he serves as it’s President. Mike grew up in Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas where he played basketball, majoring in business administration. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego.
His family's life changed drastically when he heard a radio program in 1981 which introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. After spending lots of time around people like Mike Farris, he became convinced he had been called to use his gifts and talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted because they didn't hold a teacher's certificate or satisfy the school district that they could competently teach their children.
The most enjoyable part of Mike’s job is when he is able to go to homeschool conferences and meet what he calls America’s greatest heroes, homeschooling moms.
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.
Todd started Familyman Ministries with this mission: “to remind dads of what’s most important.” How to accomplish this mission has grown, along with the ministry. The original weekly email (the Familyman Weekly) sent out to just over a hundred dads is now sent out to thousands of dads across the country. His articles have appeared in various magazines and Christianity Today posts 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.
Elizabeth Smith is the wife of Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike Smith, and taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996, when the youngest entered college. For 30 years, Elizabeth’s practical wisdom has encouraged audiences at homeschool conferences, symposiums, and women’s retreats throughout the United States. Michael and Elizabeth have appeared several times on Focus on the Family’s radio program.
Elizabeth is spokesperson for the Home School Foundation and serves on the board of directors of Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry. She is a founding board member of the National Black Home Educators. She is regional prayer and personal witnessing leader for the Virginia Auxiliary of Gideons International. Elizabeth has lobbied on pro-family issues in her state capitol and in Washington, D.C., and is a board member of the Virginia family policy council, The Family Foundation. She has taught women’s Bible study in her local church for 10 years.
Elizabeth’s sessions will be: Getting Them Ready to Learn and Love it, Balancing Home, Marriage, and Homeschooling, and 10 Reasons to Homeschool Teens.
Jasmine Baucham is the oldest of 9 and daughter of Voddie Baucham. She is a writer, teacher, and currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Houston, where she lives with her family.
Jasmine’s sessions will be: Life As an Adult Who Was Homeschooled, Finding Your Calling and Navigating Relationships and Lack Thereof.
is a mother of eight children who homeschooled for more than twenty-nine years. She created 'Homeschooling for the Heart and Home' to pass the vision on and to encourage and strengthen homeschoolers! Mary’s sessions will be: Teaching Children How to Think and Teaching Language Arts.
Related links: Schedule of Events (PDF) - Exhibitor List
Are you interested in homeschooling? Do you have many unanswered questions? Wondering if it’s legal? What about the options? Arrive promptly at 5:30 pm to the Conference Center on the campus of the Center for the Arts, Escondido for a FREE Introductory Session. No registration is required for the Introduction Session. Just show up and you will be free to attend the session. You may also qualify to attend the rest of Friday night for free and return Saturday at a discounted price of $25 if: 1) you attended the Intro to Homeschooling Session that night 2) have never homeschooled before, and 3) have not attended an Expo before. If you meet these three requirements, you can register to stay for the rest of Friday night following the Introduction Session.