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32nd Annual Leadership Conference
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pasadena Convention Center

Registration Form

Don’t miss this special day of inspiration and motivation just for leaders

Register by June 22 AND SAVE. You may register using the form at the link above. Email or fax it to the CHEA office or call the CHEA office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 562-864-2432 to register.

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

Members of our Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Board will be on hand to say hello and visit.

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Session

  • Worship with the Nieves Family

  • Town Hall Meeting - All attendees are invited to participate.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Workshop Session 1

  • Living to Love in Leadership - Norm Wakefield

  • Social Media Strategies & Safety - Gerald McKoy

  • What Are You Doing Here? (Life Lessons on Leadership from Elijah) - Israel Wayne 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon & Awards

  • Legislative Update - Nathan Pierce

  • HSLDA** Legal Update - J. Michael Smith

  • Support Network Awards Ceremony

  • The Challenge of Leadership - J. Michael Smith

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2

  • Ministering to Teen Moms - Tricia Goyer

  • Dealing with Abuse or Neglect - Mary Schofield

  • Meet the Millennials - Panel Discussion

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop Session 3

  • California Legislative Issues - Nathan Pierce

  • Leading with No Regrets - Rhonda Stoppe

  • How to Increase Revenue for Your Groups - J. Michael Smith

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closing Keynote

  • Homeschooling: Our Past, Present, and Future - Israel Wayne

Special Information


  • The 32nd Annual Leadership Conference is open to all who are interested in leadership of private Christian home education groups. If you know of leaders who are not CHEA Support Network Members but who may like to attend, please feel free to invite them.
  • Children are not allowed at the Leadership Conference. Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.
  • 32nd Annual Leadership Conference registration will be available at the door for an additional fee, however, luncheon is not included.
  • The 32nd Annual CHEA Convention opens Thursday at 5:00 p.m with the Exhibit Hall Preview for Premium Members and our FREE Homeschool Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers at 5:30 p.m. Separate registration and admission fees are required for entrance to all areas of the 32nd Annual CHEA Convention.
  • Refund Policy: CHEA contracts and pays for space ahead of time so refunds are not possible.
  • Current CHEA Members who are attending the Leadership Conference but not attending the Annual Convention may buy an Exhibit Hall Pass to attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. This is available only with your Leadership Conference registration. An Exhibit Hall Pass is not needed if you are registered for the Convention.

Workshop Descriptions

Tricia Goyer

Helping Teen Moms
Syllabus Teen moms need help and support. They need to find hope in God, for themselves, and for their kids—to be a better mother. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. As a homeschooling mom, she’s also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for more than 12 years, and she’s cheered on many young moms—from all walks of life—through their journey. Tricia shares advice for the hard things teen moms face.

Gerald McKoy

Social Media Strategies & Safety
We are in an era of an invitation avalanche, where every company of every size and description is competing for your attention. Everyone wants you to follow them, find them, watch their videos, read their blog posts, and get their e-mails. The technology which flattened the world, has allowed more people to communicate with each other regardless of geographic location and language. This has in turn created a social web. This workshop will show you how to use these online tools with relevance, and equip you with the road map to help you properly navigate the social web to reach your online neighborhood for Christ.

Nathan Pierce

Legislative Update
Nathan will give the latest report on what is going on in Sacramento at the California State Capitol regarding homeschooling and parental rights. He will cover what must be done to protect our private home education and family freedoms, and give an update on the underlying worldviews and trends of the war against the God-ordained family in California.

Mary Schofield

Dealing with Abuse or Neglect
As a leader, what is your responsibility if there are suspicions or accusations of abuse or neglect involving a member of your group? This workshop will cover what to do when a member of your group is the perpetrator of abuse, and also what to do when a member of your group is the victim. Included will be abuse reporting requirements and recommendations; how and when to involve Child Protective Services, police, the local church, or others; when and what to say to the uninvolved members of your group; how much involvement you, as leader, should have; and how to protect your group and help prevent abuse or neglect.

J. Michael Smith

How to Increase Revenue for Your Group
This workshop will examine some ways your group may be able to reorganize to enhance revenue. Mike Smith will also discuss some opportunities that are available through Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and other organizations to increase revenue. In a time when memberships and support may be waning, there are other creative ways to raise revenue for groups, and these will be explored. Mike will also have a time of open discussion where attendees may share activities they are doing which have been successful in increasing revenue for the group.

The Challenge of Leadership
Occasionally, we leaders need some encouragement. Leadership is not just for a few, but at times, it seems like we are alone. We can’t get others to help, especially when we are talking about volunteer leadership. Our efforts seem to be in vain and there are hurdles that appear impossible. Oh, we would never give up, but we do get discouraged, which does affect our ability to lead with joy. Mike Smith will share some things that we can glean from the Red Sea experience of the Israelites that should help equip and encourage us to be a success in our role as homeschool leaders. Mike will also share some of his personal experiences that have helped him mature as a leader. Not only will this be helpful for us as leaders, but practical for our walk through life.

Rhonda Stoppe

Leading with No Regrets
Syllabus Homeschooling is a unique calling, but to be a leader in the homeschool community can go beyond the call of duty. While leading others down this noble path, do you worry you may be leaving your own kids in the dust? Rhonda Stoppe understands, as a pastor's wife, and homeschooling mom, she had to make some important decisions to parent with no regrets. In her honest and often humorous manner, Rhonda will share valuable insights to help you lead with no regrets.

Norm Wakefield

Living to Love in Leadership
Syllabus As leaders, we know we ought to love others, but that’s not always easy. The greatest hindrance to loving with God’s love is the spirit of idolatry that trips us up. Idolatry is the world's counterfeit to God's kind of love. In this workshop, Norm gives practical insight into one of the most challenging goals of leadership—loving people and not using them for our own benefit. You’ll be encouraged by God’s Word and new insights into how to live to love in leadership.

Israel Wayne

What Are You Doing Here? (Life Lessons on Leadership from Elijah)
There are unique challenges, discouragements, and opposition that leaders face. Drawing from his book, Questions God Asks, Israel explores how to navigate the highs and lows of the role of leadership.

Homeschooling: Our Past, Present and Future
Looking back on more than three decades of the modern-day home-education movement, Israel will discuss the development of the current wave of homeschooling in America, and explore what trends we may expect for the future.

About Our Speakers

Tricia GoyerTricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, including Moms' Night Out which was recently made into a popular movie, Tricia has authored more than forty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by Tricia is also on the blogging team at,, and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife, and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at

Kirk & Janice HenryKirk & Janice Henry

Kirk and Janice enjoy helping families bring up their children in the nurture and admonition that equips them to fulfill God’s specific plan for their lives. Together they serve as CHEA’s Los Angeles & Orange County Regional Advisory Board Members and as such, they communicate with leaders and home educators in both counties.

Rebecca KocsisRebecca Kocsis

Rebecca and her husband Ed taught their five children at home for 22 years. All of them graduated from their homeschool. They are now the proud grandparents of four rambunctious boys and three gorgeous girls. Rebecca, a former PSP* administrator, currently serves as CHEA’s Support Network director and on the CHEA Board of Directors. She is the author of the devotional Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.

Gerald McKoyGerald McKoy

Gerald McKoy migrated to the United States from Belize with his family. Christ changed his heart as a teenager growing up in South Central L.A. He married his wife Cecily in 1994 after they survived the Northridge Earthquake together. The first CHEA Convention he attended changed his life. Here he made the decision to become a naturalized US Citizen. Gerald is self employed as a technology consultant and custom software developer. He and his wife have five sons including a set of twins. They knew from conception that homeschooling was the right choice for them, and they plan to homeschool their children through high school. They run a PSP* and Considering Homeschooling Support Group. Gerald currently serves on CHEA’s Board of Directors.

Nathan PierceNathan Pierce

Nathan is now in his 11th year working full time at Family Protection Ministries to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled kindergarten through high school and received a BA in Political Studies from The Master's College. Currently he serves as the FPM California Director, Legislative Liaison, and conference speaker to homeschool leaders, parents, and teens. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have five children, ages 8 to baby. They are involved in their church, and homeschool their own children.

Mary SchofieldMary Schofield

Mary Schofield is a long-time homeschooler, advocate of homeschooling, and CHEA Board member. She and her husband homeschooled their own children through high school, after which Mary returned to school and became an attorney. She has worked on cases involving abuse and neglect in her private law practice as well as in her role as “of counsel” with the HSLDA**.

J. Michael SmithJ. Michael Smith

For the last 33 years, Mike Smith, president of the HSLDA** has been defending and advancing the right of parents to teach their children at home. It began when his wife began teaching their children at home in 1981 after he heard Dorothy and Raymond Moore explain the benefits of homeschooling on Focus on the Family radio. When homeschoolers in California found out that Mike was a homeschooling father and lawyer, he became well known as a person who could get you out of trouble for homeschooling. In 1983, he had a fortuitous meeting with Mike Farris, then a lawyer in Washington State. Mike Farris asked Mike to join him in an endeavor to make homeschool legal in America which led to the founding of HSLDA**. The rest is history. Homeschooling is legal in every state today.

Rhonda StoppeRhonda Stoppe

Rhonda is the author of Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, a book published by Harvest House Publishers. And Rhonda homeschooled her kids, so she understands moms who educate at home. Women are drawn to Rhonda’s ability to weave biblical truth into everyday issues, which has led readers to make her book sell an average of 1000 books per month. Her new book If My Husband Would Change I’d Be Happy—And Other Myths Wives Believe will release in Summer 2015. Rhonda teaches on these and other topics at women’s events throughout the country. She spends much of her time mentoring women and counseling alongside her husband who is pastor at First Baptist Church in Patterson, CA. For more about Rhonda visit

Norm WakefieldNorm Wakefield

Norm Wakefield is the founder and executive director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International, He and his wife Alma live in Bulverde, Texas, and have four children (three married), who are walking with Jesus, and seventeen grandchildren. They began homeschooling in 1984 and are still involved in the homeschooling of their grandchildren. Norm has been a keynote and conference speaker at state and international homeschool conventions since 1992. God has given him a pastor/teacher's heart to teach how the Gospel applies to all relationships and circumstances in life. His knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures coupled with his homeschool experience enables him to speak specifically to the many challenges homeschool parents, children, and young adults face on a daily basis. What makes Norm unique is that he speaks from his heart to the hearts of his listeners with a reliance upon the Spirit and presence of Jesus Christ. You'll find his messages biblical, practical, inspirational, and encouraging.

Israel WayneIsrael Wayne

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Questions God Asks, Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship. Israel has written a regular column for the Home School Digest and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.

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