Our speaker and worship team is composed of veteran homeschool moms who are passionate about encouraging moms spiritually in their homeschool journey. 

Rachael Carman had it going on – or so she thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she encourages you to do the same!

In her books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, Rachael challenges women to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She invites them to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.

Rachael is not only a respected author but is also a sought-after speaker. She has spoken across the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. Together, their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. They have seven kids with whom they love to laugh. Rachael enjoys playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.

Zan Tyler is the director of Apologia Press, where her goal is to support homeschooling parents by bringing them the very best in authors and biblically-sound resources. A longtime speaker, writer, and homeschooling advocate, Zan derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging homeschooling parents across the country and around the globe. “After speaking at a conference in Japan, I spent time with a mother who said ‘You gave me strength because you gave me Christ.’ My heart soared because my greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.” She is also the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential.

Zan and her husband Joe homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of 21 years. When she began homeschooling in 1984 she was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. After prolonged legal battles for the rights of her family and homeschoolers in her state, Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year, and in 1998 the governor awarded her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric.

More recently Zan has served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. She is also a popular columnist, and her articles appear in a variety of online and print publications including HSLDA’s. Zan is also the South Carolina Ambassador for The Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschool families in need.

Sherri Seligson is wife to her husband, David, mother to four grown children, marine biologist, daughter, sister, friend, but first and foremost a disciple of Christ. God has given Sherri many opportunities to grow and mature in her faith during her marriage of 28 years and through raising her children.

Sherri became a Christian in college, interestingly while she was taking a required pre-med course, entitled “Evolution.” Consequently, she was reading her Bible for the first time while also reading Darwin’s Origin of Species evolutionary text. This began her journey into Christian apologetics, and her love for seeking God’s fingerprints in creation.

Before Sherri was promoted to the position of “mother,” she worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World and continues to write science curriculum today. She sees true value and importance in our unique roles as women, wives, and mothers. Sherri loves to encourage women to understand their significance in Christ – how He is pursuing THEM!

An international speaker, Sherri has a motivated heart to teach women how to love and live on God’s Word as they enjoy the blessings that come from Him!

Elizabeth Smith, wife of Home School Legal Defense Association President Mike Smith, taught three of her four children at home from 1981 to 1996, when the youngest entered college. For over 25 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 recently retired as Director of Development for the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA. She serves on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry. She is also a founding Board member of the National Black Home Educators, and teaches women’s Bible studies at her local church. She is local camp president of the Virginia Auxiliary to Gideons International Ministry.  Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Foundation of Virginia, a pro-family policy council affiliated with Focus on the Family. Elizabeth has lobbied on pro-family issues in her state capitol and in Washington, D.C. since 1993. She is a frequent speaker at the Apologia Live Mom’s Retreats across the United States.

What others say about her message:

“(Elizabeth’s) poise and composure, sober yet compassionate spirit, and articulate, sensitive wording made (her) message a pleasure to hear and easy to receive.”  – Middleburg, Virginia

“People could just not get enough or say enough about (her) sweet spirit and wisdom.  She truly ministered to our hearts.”  – Home School Leader, Sacramento, CA

“(Her) class was helpful because of her gentle spirit, experience in the Lord, wisdom in practical everyday living and advice. (Her) words were both simple and profound.”  – Homeschool mom

Anne MacCallum has been singing and writing songs for over 26 years. Her music reflects the strong lessons God has taken her through about freedom, forgiveness, and life-altering grace. In addition to her CDs, she has authored dozens of worship songs, over 75 curriculum songs or Elementary Classical Educators, and teaches on the Creative Process.

Anne also trains and disciples worship leaders for local churches, and leads  worship for women’s programs and outreach events throughout the Southeast. Her second CD, “Shine” was released in 2008 and in Germany in 2009 through Janz Team Studios. Her new project involves her three musical kids. Having  her kids a part of the recording process, Anne presents  this CD as  a testimonial,  and provides a booklet on the backgrounds of each song.  She and her husband, Jess, have three children—a fine strong son, 23 and two talented beautiful daughters, 21 and 17.

They attend Christian Life Church in Columbia, SC.

Called Worship is Carrie Ballentine and Kerri Roberts, two women who have seen the unfailing love of God in their own lives and long to share His faithfulness with others through worship and teaching.

Grounded in the truth of who God is and what He has done, Carrie and Kerri deeply desire to steward authentic and God-glorifying worship experiences as well as teaching that is rich in the Word of God and fueled by their own compelling stories.

More information about their ministry can be found at calledworship.com and they can be contacted at calledworship@gmail.com.

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