Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “Cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to make appropriate changes, establish healthy relationships, and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is a regular presenter for Great Homeschool Conventions, Hearts at Home, Care Net, many pregnancy resource centers, and churches. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She has authored six books including four published by Moody. Her newest two are Eight Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences and Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics.
Since 2012, John and Eric Metaxas have co-hosted BreakPoint, the nationally-syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of The Point, a daily one-minute radio feature on worldview, apologetics, and cultural issues.
Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries, and was on the Biblical Studies faculty at Bryan College (TN).
John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture (2017), Restoring All Things (2015), Same-Sex Marriage (2014), and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (2007).
John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife Sarah have four children, and live in Colorado Springs, CO.
Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter.
Brett Kunkle is the founder and president of MAVEN, a movement to equip the next generation know truth, pursue goodness, and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college and students, as well as parents.
A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, conferences, and college campuses across the country. He has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in worldview, apologetics, theology, and evangelism. MAVEN creates customized interactive missions experiences to Berkeley, CA, and Salt Lake City, UT, equipping participants to engage skeptics, atheists, Mormons, university students, and other non-believers with the truth of the gospel.
In addition, Brett is a Teaching Fellow at the Impact 360 Institute. He was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, authored The Ambassadors Guide to Mormonism, and co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. Brett received his bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Biola University and he earned his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology.
Brett lives with his wife and five kids in Southern California.
Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.
He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and while he was there, he began working on nuclear chemistry experiments. He became so fascinated with nuclear chemistry that he stayed at the University of Rochester and got a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.
Dr. Wile’s love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning “Exploring Creation with” series of junior-high and high-school science courses.
When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader—and for good reason! Her proven system based on four simple skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, whom she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings. Learn more about her mission and methods at www.teachingselfgovernment.com.
Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens. The Peck family’s success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication. She has been teaching people around the world the principles of Self-Government since 1999. In 2009, Nicholeen and her family were featured in a one-hour BBC documentary about parenting. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. She is a popular public speaker, author of the international book Parenting a House United and many other books including Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Porter Earns A Quarter, Big Win For Quin, Paije Takes the Stage, Roles, Popular Parenting Methods, and more. She has also written many magazine articles and articles for this website.
Nicholeen’s books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese, and she has taught audiences throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is Nicholeen’s mission to heal families around the world from emotional bondage by teaching them the principles of self-government that have set her and her family free.
Thomas White became the tenth president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience, and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.
As the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, White grew up with a firm spiritual foundation and was saved in September 1993. While White attended a Christian university, he also opened four karate schools and began to fight competitively, having been involved in the sport through high school. Still pursuing a call to ministry, White used his karate schools as his mission field, seeing students come to Christ and watching them go into ministry.
From June 2006 to June 2013, he served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary. During his tenure, White enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team. White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In his faculty role, he taught in the Oxford University study program and was a visiting professor at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. He has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy.
He is married to Joy Martin White and together they have two children, Rachel and Samuel.
From every angle, students today are sold a vision of sexuality and relationships that is toxic and deadly. The “talk” that all parents dread has to be more of a conversation, and it’s never been more important. In this session, John describes the cultural setting we live in while offering practical ways to help students face it with courage and conviction.
If we were parenting in a vacuum, it would be difficult enough. But we are parenting in a cultural context, and that makes it all the more difficult. In this session, John discusses how to develop a plan for navigating cultural trends, issues, and events—complete with an idea of what success looks like.
To understand the loud and disturbing issues on the surface of our culture, we need to understand the significant ways our culture has shifted in recent decades. In this session, John will identify and describe four shifts that dramatically shape the world our students live in today.
It’s not just important that we teach the Bible; it’s important how we teach the Bible. In this session, John describes the difference between teaching students to be Biblically literate and discipling them to be Biblically grounded so they have a solid framework from which to live in this cultural moment.