Our MissionSupport, serve and inspire the homeschooling families of Nebraska, with the goal of equipping them to serve God and serve others.

Learn MoreAbout Our Mission

When we were deciding what our core mission should be for Nebraska Families for Homeschooling, it wasn’t as simple as you might think. Finding a concise sentence that encompasses our heart’s passion for our whole vision and direction is easier said than done.

Our group has been working together as the Kids Conference and serving homeschooling families since 2005. When we started our new entity, Nebraska Families for Homeschooling, we looked back at who we have been in the past and what our goal is for the future. We wanted to be able to filter all future endeavors through this one sentence to see if it was in line with our group’s mission. We prayed for the right words and this is what God gave us.

Our heart’s goal is simple. 

Serving God - By serving you - While equipping you to serve God - And serve others.

It is a full circle that will continue to be our passion. 

Meet The Team

Ellie Stangl

Ellie calls Nebraska home and is the second born in a family of twelve children. She was home schooled through high school. Her excitement to experience the abundant life God has given through the Gift of His Son has created many opportunities for Ellie to live "outside the box". Traveling the world, being involved with pregnancy centers, remodeling houses and teaching in both public and private schools has kept her busy. She has found a variety of prison, street and camp ministries as outlets to share her passion of the Gospel with others. Ellie currently works for the Nebraska State Legislature.
Hannah Wissmann

Hannah Wissmann was born and raised in Seward county, Nebraska. She gave her life to Jesus Christ at the age of six after seeing her desperate need for a Savior. A homeschool graduate and ninth of 13 siblings, Hannah has a heartfelt passion for encouraging others to experience God's full potential in their lives. She has toured North America with her family's music and teaching ministry and currently works for her dad's irrigation business. Her personal pursuits include social media outreach, decorating for special events and serving in various children’s ministries. She enjoys playing sports, baking, reading, and exploring nature.
Matthew Wattermann

Matthew grew up on his family's farm near West Point, Nebraska, as the second of 8 kids. He was home schooled through high school and helped as a teacher for the Kids Conference for several years where he developed a passion for working with children, providing them a Godly example and teaching them about Christ. He then served 5 years in the army, during which time he was involved with the navigators ministry. He returned to Nebraska in the summer of 2017 and is now working on an organic farm near York, Nebraska.

Christopher Wattermann

Christopher is 4th in line out of 8 children, and grew up on the family farm where he was homeschooled until he was 16, and then attended a public school part time for 2 years and full time his senior year of high school. He is energized by a variety of work opportunities and experiences, and after attending college for Diesel Technology he launched into his own small engine repair business. He greatly enjoys working with children and young adults, and is driven to find the unique strengths, skills, and talents that God has given to each person. His motto: Flourish Robustly!

William Wattermann

William is the sixth of eight children, and has lived on the family farm in West Point, NE his entire life. He has been a part of the Kids Conference since 2013 in various roles, with acting in the drama being a favorite. He loves music, small-scale and sustainable farming, and technology of all sorts. He was homeschooled throughout his childhood, and plans to continue learning until the end of his days!

Stephen Wissmann

Stephen was born and raised in Seward County, Nebraska. He’s a homeschooled graduate and is number 8 in a family of 13 siblings. Stephen has a passion to share with people the personal relationship we can have with our Creator through His Son Jesus Christ and the transforming power of His Word. He has been involved with his family’s music ministry for many years as well as managing a family owned construction service business for the last 9 years. He has been involved with the Kids Conference for nine years in differing capacities.

Mabel Ridge

Mabel is the middle of 5 children. She and her siblings were home schooled and grew up in a small town in south central Nebraska. She is the creator and artist of all the Zuzubie product line and also works as a seamstress for a bridal company. She loves expressing her skills and passion in her artwork and giving God the glory through it. She is also very creative with food and has an interest in gastronomy. Mabel is very involved in the care of her little special needs brother and of another child staying in the home. She has grown up as a student in the Kids Conference, attended the Leader's in Training Program, taught in a classroom and has assisted with the registration ever since.

Addie Ridge

Addie grew up in south central Nebraska as the oldest of 5 children who were all home schooled. She is involved with women's and child's health care, managing the home, caring for her special needs brother and another child staying in the home, administrative/office work, house cleaning for the elderly and renovation. Addie seeks to live coram deo through all of these ministries. She attended the Kids Conference for 3 years as a student, attended Child Evangelism Fellowship training before serving 3 years as a teacher at the Kids Conference and has been the Registration Coordinator ever since.