Speakers and Schedule

Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church
 Seward, NE




*Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview

*The Power of Affirmation

*Techno-Parenting: Navigating Screens and Media

*Influence vs. Control: How to Best Motivate Your Child

*Transform Learning through the Art of Questions

*Being Salt & Light Families


Main Speaker for this year's NFH Family Conference

We are so honored to have Israel Wayne as this year’s speaker for the parents at the NFH Family Conference. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences, with over 5,000 in attendance and it is such a joy to have him share with us here in Nebraska. 

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.

 He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask and Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. 

Israel has written articles for Answers (Answers In Genesis), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, Samaritan Ministries, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.

He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel’s family began home educating in 1978 and has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, WORLD Magazine, The Epoch Times, Buzzfeed, The New American, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal


What is it about?

Your children will follow the story of young Beric as he embarks on his quest to become a knight, and they will be challenged to serve the Lord whole-heartedly and to turn to His Word for direction on how to handle every situation they face.


Knights! Maidens! Exciting adventures for untold Treasure! Could it get any better?

The Quest will captivate children ages 5-12 at the Kids Conference portion of this year’s NFH Family Conference. Over the weekend they will learn delightful songs, memorize Scripture verses, enjoy object lessons, participate with hands-on projects, and play a variety of games. This program should not be viewed as merely childcare: it is intended to deliver a Bible-based message in an unforgettable and fun way! 

We look forward to spending October 8-9th together in God’s Word!



We are privileged to have a Master Books display this year!

Some books will be there only to page through, but a few will be available for purchase on-the-spot!

Haven’t heard of Master Books before? They cover all subjects and all grades, are committed to a biblical worldview in all subjects, their books are beautifully published, and they feature an easy to use ‘open-and-go’ curriculum.

They have publications from such noted authors as Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, and Dr. Jason Lisle, Check out more about them at www.masterbooks.com


LIT Training

Young Teens (ages 13-14) are invited to attend our Leaders in Training (LIT) program. This allows young teens to attend and enjoy the large group sessions that they have grown to love as children. During the small group times, the teens will be taught, 10 Steps for Effective Teaching, Properly Introducing Songs, Stories, and Verses, The Art of Storytelling, and so much more. They will be given tools and hands-on experience to help them become effective teachers for children and will be given the basics they will need to return as staff if they so choose. Parents will need to provide each LIT student with a sack lunch.



Tadpoles (ages 1-2) will be hosted by our sweet staff who will sing to, pray for, and take care of your adorable babies while they sleep and play. 

Tree Frogs (ages 3-4) will enjoy this exciting and interactive, play-learning environment. They will discover truths from God’s Word, play, and rest. It will be a wonderful time of learning and playing.




Some frequently asked questions we are getting...

Yes! You will want to bring individual sack lunches and drinks for ALL ages (nursery, Kids Conference AND LIT's) as well as for you as a couple on Friday.
On Saturday, the whole family will be eating together so we recommend you bring a picnic lunch for the whole family.
Both days you will also want to bring a morning and afternoon snack for the children (including any nursery age)
We recommend bringing:
*If you as parents are attending the parent sessions, we highly encourage bringing a notebook and pens to keep notes.
*If you also have children in nursery, please bring diaper bags, blankets, bottles, snacks etc. to have on hand for the nursery care workers. They will have a quiet time to lay down and try to nap both days. Also note that you will pick up your nursery age children over the lunch hour to feed them.
Please keep in mind that if your children show any signs of illness, please stay home. We want to be considerate of the other families attending conference and do not want to expose other children to sickness over the weekend.
Remember to monitor for symptoms of illness, including:
Sudden onset of cough
Sudden onset of shortness of breath
Elevated temperature/fever
Be sure to reach out if you have any other questions! We are excited to see you all SOON!!

Other Sessions


Homeschooling 101

Scott & Laura McKeen

Homeschooling: it's not just checking the boxes and academics--it's relationships, it's readying, it's resolve. Let's walk through your questions together and help you think about what homeschooling can look like for you.


Homeschool’s Battle for Liberty

Ron Duncan

“How much does it cost?” Conscientious parents analyze costs of countless items in raising a family, but have we considered the cost of homeschooling liberty? At the outset of Nebraska homeschooling in 1980, significant sacrifices were made to secure this liberty. Families were served lawsuits, parents were incarcerated, children were fled into hiding outside the state, and even a church’s doors were locked shut for facilitating exempt education. Navigate this history with Ron Duncan as he narrates the events of the last 40 years, exhorts us to be vigilant today, and gives us a true appreciation and value for the cost of this liberty.


Encouragement to Moms

Michele Mitchell

Michele Mitchell is a veteran homeschool mom. Married to Rob, their 2 grown children are both evidence of the time & investment they’ve made in their children’s lives! Michele has a knack for encouraging other moms, and sharing in a candid way what she’s learned along the way. You will be blessed to glean from her wisdom & insight, as well as be encouraged in your homeschooling journey as a mom!


Rotating Groups as a Family

This is a kid-favorite at every Kids Conference! Now, the whole family can enjoy rotating through 4 fun activities together with the rest of the groups. 


Book Browse
Have you ever wanted to get your hands on curriculum and talk to real people who use and love them? If so, this is the place for you! We have various moms assigned to bring their top favorite curriculums or things that have worked for their families. They will be at tables that are set up specifically to help you browse, get to know the mom who brought their favorites, and chat with her about why she loves what she uses. It mixes all the best parts of seeing curriculum in person + fellowshipping and talking with others for encouragement. You won't want to miss this!


Praise and Worship Time
We want to be intentional about praising the Lord in all that we do. Sometimes that's washing dishes or patiently helping our teen with school - and sometimes that's getting together in one place and raising our voices in praise as we sing to Him. We are looking forward to this sweet time together on Saturday morning.



8:45 am - 5:30 pm



8:00 am - 4:45 pm


Rates for this year's NFH Family Conference are:
Couple - $110 (Children that are in nursery (ages 0-4) are free of charge)

For ages 5-14:
1st child - $35
2nd child - $25
3rd child - $15
With gratitude for an anonymous gift this year, we are excited that the fourth and fifth children between the ages of 5-14 registered in a family are FREE!