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CFS Expo Homeschool Convention
May 11-12, 2012
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Doug Phillips

President of Vision Forum

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Keynote Speaker

Doug Phillips
Doug PhillipsIn the Fall of 1998, Doug and his wife Beall founded The Vision Forum, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, devoted to producing books and tapes to help build up Christian families. Later, they founded Vision Forum Ministries, a ministry designed to communicate a vision for the restoration of the Christian family and the rebuilding of culture for the glory of God. Much of Doug’s time is spent teaching with the hope to spur on Christian manhood and sacrificial fatherhood, and to see dads turn their hearts to their wives and children.

In addition to editing and writing numerous books, Doug founded the Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy, The Christian Boys’ & Men’s Titanic Society, the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, the All-American Boy’s Adventure Catalog, the Beautiful Girlhood Collection catalog, and the Vision Forum Family Books and Media catalog. Doug has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and has spoken at more than 100 home school conferences in 42 states.

The greatest joys in Doug’s life are his wife Beall and the eight children that God has graciously given to them: Joshua, Justice, Liberty, Jubilee, Faith Evangeline, Honor, Providence, and Virginia Hope.

Featured Speakers

Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker. Her objective in all her communication is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C. S. Lewis, but admits that, truth be told, most days she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato.

Frank Sherwin contributes his scientific expertise to a variety of ICR’s publications on creation science. He is the author of The Ocean Book and co-author of The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life and The Human Body: An Intelligent Design, and is one of ICR’s most sought-after speakers.

Special Music

The Josties - Dale Jost served as a pastor in the Evangelical Free Church for 15 years. In 1997, Dale decided he wanted freedom to devote more time to raising his family, so he stepped down from being a pastor. The following year, he moved his family to a stubble field in southern Alberta. He and his sons moved a house and several outbuildings onto the property. Country life has provided Dale with many opportunities to work with his family and teach his sons valuable life skills. Dale still drives a school bus, raises golden retrievers, and has a small woodworking business, all of which give him flexibility to help with the home schooling and spiritual mentoring of the children who remain at home. In 2007, God specifically directed Dale to begin taking his family across Canada and into the United States to share through music the faithfulness of God.

Additional Speakers

Jennifer Bennett - There has never been a “Plan B” for the Bennett Family, as they know that privately homeschooling is the best way to learn and grow for the glory of God. Jennifer feels that keeping it simple and fun are some of the keys to successful lifetime learning. She has led co-ops and small group class days in both California and Arizona.

Michael Finton is a college professor, business owner, and Registered Nurse. He teaches Emergency Medicine at a local community college as well as operating a few home-based, family businesses. He and his wife Jacci serve on the board of CFS Valley Center and are presently homeschooling their three children.

Lisa Jost is a homemaker and very talented song writer. She loves ministering from home and on the road, supporting Dale wherever God leads, and diligently seeking to raise their children for God’s glory. Dale and Lisa publish Hearts At Home, a by-donation magazine devoted to the strengthening and encouragement of families. In concert, she plays guitar, mandolin and sings.

Nathan Pierce was homeschooled kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master's College. Nathan works full-time for Family Protection Ministries where he began as an intern in 2002. He is a legislative liaison for private homeschooling and speaks at conferences to both homeschool parents and teens. He and his wife Betsy, married in 2004 and have four children.

John Wojnicki

and his wife Laura co-chair Christian Family Schools. Their personal homeschool journey began in 1985. All four of their children are married and raising families of their own. Even though the Wojnicki’s no longer have children living at home, they are thoroughly enjoying their nine grandchildren. From their experience, they have found homeschooling to be the most conducive option for discipling children, and for this reason they remain involved as leaders of Christian Family Schools.

Schedule of Events

Related links: Schedule of Events (PDF) - Exhibitor List

Free Friday Night Special Expo Offer

This year, we are once again providing a free introduction to homeschooling session at 5:00 PM on Friday.  Everyone is welcome and no advance reservation is required to attend this free session.  Additionally, we are offering Friday Night Free to families who have never homeschooled before, who have also not previously attended the CFS Expo, and who will be attending the Free Introduction to Homeschooling Session on Friday evening. This offer begins at 5:00 PM with the Introduction session and will also enable those who qualify to attend the Friday night keynote session for free, as well as entrance into the vendor hall Friday night.

Friday Night Free is only available to those who make reservations in advance by emailing Expo@cfssd.org.  Please use the following subject line in your email message: "Friday Night Free". You will receive a confirmation email back with further instructions on picking up your Friday Night Free pass at the Introduction Session. In addition, those with this pass will be eligible to upgrade their Friday Night Free pass for $25 to return and enjoy the rest of the convention on Saturday. This is a special offer to welcome those new to homeschooling. The deadline to register for this FREE offer is May 5th.


California Center for the Arts ~ Escondido, CA 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
(At the corner of Valley Pkwy and Escondido Blvd)

From San Diego: North on I-15, Exit Valley Pkwy, turn right at the ramp stop light on to Valley Pkwy. Take Valley Pkwy to Escondido Blvd and turn left on Escondido Blvd to the Center parking lot.

From Temecula: South on I-15, Exit Valley Pkwy, turn left at the ramp stop light on to Valley Pkwy. Take Valley Pkwy to Escondido Blvd and turn left on Escondido Blvd to the Center parking lot.

We have also pre-configured the directions on Google Maps and Yahoo! Maps.