Mid-Winter Conference

…for home educators

History

Mid-Winter Conference Through the Years

Mid-Winter Conference began in 1997, hosted by Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) and was designed to serve home educators in the region.  RBC asked homeschool mom, Valerie McDaniel, to develop an event that would serve and encourage home educators and, in the process, give Reformed Bible College an opportunity to introduce their institution as a college to be considered for home educated young people.  Reformed Bible College/Kuyper College was a wonderful Mid-Winter Conference host and many times after the event moved away from their location participated as an event sponsor. A few years down the road, the Home School Building also became involved as a sponsor.

Mid-Winter Conference brought in outstanding speakers and served large numbers of families.  We invite you to scroll down this page to see the complete list of speakers who graced our stages at Kuyper College, Sunshine Community Church, Rush Creek Bible Church, Fair Haven Ministry Center, Grace Community Church and Life Stream Church.

Also, we invite you to listen to the attached audio files (in red below) from that notable day in U.S. home schooling history, when Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, interviewed Dr. Raymond Moore.

In 2014 Mid-Winter Conference hosted the final conference which was a single day/single keynote format. This event was held at Life Stream Church in Allendale, Michigan.  It was a wonderful way to close out a seventeen year ministry – ending with our original keynote – Chris Davis, who again brought us timeless wisdom.

We are grateful to God for His presence and leading through the years as our team of dedicated volunteers, vendors and speakers served the home educating families of this area!

If you have any reason to contact Mid-Winter Conference in the future, please feel free to email us at MidWinterConference@gmail.com.

New MWC snowflake banner

From the Beginning…

1997

Chris Davis of Elijah Company
Cyndy Shearer of Greenleaf Press
Location: Reformed Bible College (Kuyper College), Grand Rapids, MI

1998

Susan Schaeffer Macaulay – author of For the Children’s Sake
Dean Andreola of Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Company
Location: Reformed Bible College (Kuyper College), Grand Rapids, MI

1999

Sally Clarkson of Wholeheart Ministries
Rob Shearer of Greenleaf Press
Location: Reformed Bible College (Kuyper College), Grand Rapids, MI

2000

Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore of the Moore Foundation – Dr. Moore’s famous interview on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson:  Listen Here
Valerie Elliot Shepard, daughter of missionaries Jim and Elizabeth Elliot
Location: Sunshine Ministry Center, Grand Rapids, MI

2001

Mike and Vickie Farris, co-founder of H.S.L.D.A., (Patrick Henry College)
Monte and Karey Swan, author of Romancing Your Child’s Heart
Location: Sunshine Ministry Center, Grand Rapids, MI

2002

Jeff and Danielle Myers of Myers Institute (Summit Ministries)
Chris Davis of Elijah Company (Homeschool Travel)
Location: Sunshine Ministry Center, Grand Rapids, MI

2003

Sally Clarkson of Wholeheart Ministries
Dr. Joe Wheeler, author of Remote Controlled
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2004

Chris Davis of Elijah Company (Homeschool Travel)
Dean and Karen Andreola, author of The Charlotte Mason Companion
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2005

Bob and Tina Farewell of Lifetime Gifts and Books
Diana Waring of History Alive! (Diana Waring Presents)
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2006

John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down
Rob and Cyndy Shearer of Greenleaf Press
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2007

Mike and Vickie Farris of H.S.L.D.A. and Patrick Henry College
Zan Tyler, homeschooling mother and advocate
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2008

Mark Hamby, founder of Lamplighter Publishing
Steve and Jane Lambert, founders of Five-In-A-Row
Location: Fair Haven Ministry Center, Hudsonville, MI

2009 – MWC Sabbatical

2010

Sally Clarkson of Whole Heart Ministries
Steve Demme of Math-U-See (The Family That Stays Together)
Location: Rush Creek Bible Church, Byron Center, MI

2011 

David & Shirley Quine of Cornerstone Curriculum
Carol Barnier of Open Gifts
Karen Costello author of Go Fly a Kite
Location: Grace Community Church, Hudsonville, MI

2012

Jeff and Danielle Myers of Summit Ministries

Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books

Melinda Boring of Heads Up Now!

Location: Grace Community Church, Hudsonville, MI

2013

Dr. David Aikman – DavidAikman.com

Diana Waring –  DianaWaring.com

Monte and Karey Swan – HomemakingBeyondMaintenance.blogspot.com

Melinda Boring – HeadsUpNow.com

Locations: The Home School Building and Grace Community Church

2014

A Day with Chris Davis- Chris Davis Recommends
Location – Life Stream Church in Allendale, MI

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