Speakers September 2016 Print

 2016 Speakers Thus Far


Curtis Bowers is a Christian statesman, husband, father, filmmaker, speaker, and businessman. He served as a State Representative in the Idaho Legislature, started and operated three Award winning Fondue Restaurants, and produced the $101,000 Grand Prize winning film, AGENDA: Grinding America Down. Curtis and his wife of 26 years, Lauren, home educate their 9 children and operate the independent film company Copybook Heading Productions. The Bowers sing at events across the country and recently released their new film, AGENDA 2:MASTERS OF DECEIT. Curtis Bowers and his family have been operating home-based businesses for over 30 years. From screen-printing to vending machines, fondue restaurants, real estate development and a Christian bookstore, they have loved the blessings of working together. Their latest ventures include filmmaking, creating home goods for THE RED FARM HOUSE, selling pastured eggs and dairy products, and farming alfalfa. In 2010, the Bowers family produced the award winning film AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN. They have since traveled to over 40 states singing and speaking to promote it. Most copies of AGENDA have been packed and shipped by the children from the kitchen table in rural Idaho! Their new film AGENDA 2: MASTERS OF DECEIT was released October 2015.www.vimeo.com/136798883 www.agendadocumentary.com 

Jack Herschend along with his brother, Peter, is co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation; formerly Silver Dollar City, Inc. Over the years, the brothers have expanded the family business interests. Herschend Family Entertainment owns, operates or partners in 26 properties in 12 states. Since the company was founded in the early 1960s, the many properties have been internationally awarded numerous times for excellence in theme, presentation and operations, including the worldwide Applause Award for excellence and the THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association). Jack and Peter have been personally recognized for industry excellence, having been named to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Hall of Fame in 2004, and they were co-recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Central Midwest for 2005. For most of the company's first 50 years, Jack served as Chairman, President and CEO. Jack's intensity and deep caring for people shaped the company culture into what it is today. Jack attended Northwestern University and served as a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps before returning home to focus on the family business. He has a deep passion for personal service and giving and has actively served several Christian ministries including Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch, Kids Across America, and the National Institute of Marriage. In 1992, Jack founded The Gift of Green, which has planted nearly 200,000 trees to counter deforestation due to development in the Missouri Ozarks. Jack and his wife, Sherry, whom he met at Silver Dollar City, have been married since 1954. They live in Branson surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. www.hfecorp.com

David John Klarich, a homeschooling father of five children, has served as CHEF’S homeschooling attorney and advocate for nearly 30 years. He presently serves as FCM’S homeschooling attorney and registered lobbyist. David’s dependence on Christ, his biblical worldview, extensive experience in law, personal relationship with Representatives, Senators, and Judges, his sterling reputation, and vigilance for liberty is responsible for keeping Missouri the best state in America for homeschooling. He has drafted language specifically protecting our families and has personally handled CHEF/FCM Division of Family Services, Trade School, and Armed Forces cases. David was elected to the Missouri Senate (1994-2002) where he served as the Chairman of Judiciary; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics; and member of Judicial Resources; Ways and Means; Pensions and General Laws; and Local Government and Economic Development. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives (1990-1994). David drafted, sponsored, and passed legislation relating to virtually all subjects. Included among his legislative accomplishments are the creation of the Child Custody, Abuse and Neglect Commission; created and/or protected the Uncompensated Tort Victims Fund, Crime Victims Fund, and Unemployment Compensation Fund; passed a law that prohibits frivolous lawsuits by making inmates pay for their own legal fees; created a state program to put “at-risk” youth to work instead of turning to crime; created the first expedited capital crimes procedure; banned the death penalty for the mentally retarded; drafted and passed the first Violent Sexual Predators law, the Predator Registry, and Predator Civil Commitment procedure; defined and defended marriage; drafted and co-sponsored the “Safe Schools Act”; drafted significant civil, corporate, and judicial reform legislation; secured additional resources for education and transportation; and reformed property tax laws. He works in the private law practice with the Clayton law firm of Riezman Berger, P.C. In 2002, David Klarich created and now manages a company known as Citizens for Policy Reform, LLC that provides government relations services before the United States Congress, Missouri General Assembly, and administrative agencies. David J. Klarich has built a strong practice in the areas Governmental Affairs and Regulations, Legislation and Government related industries, Procurement, Administrative law, Business Law, Closely Held Businesses, Communications and Media, Contract Law, and Home Education. David’s practice provides government relations services before the United States Congress, Missouri General Assembly and administrative agencies. David has assisted companies, associations, and individuals in addressing issues involving municipal law, education funding and policy, health care, tax policy, administrative law, banking and financial institutions, telecommunications, environmental law, intellectual property, home education, and others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy, and Juris Doctorate from Regent University, Virginia, where he was awarded the University Faculty Award, an Am-Jur in Professional Responsibility, and Insurance law. David has been recognized by the Missouri Bar Association, “Up and Coming Lawyers” Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, Missouri Legal Services, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, Judicial Conference of Missouri, Missouri Health Care Association, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Society of Accountants, American Heart Association, ARC of St. Louis, American Society of Landscape Architects, and others. www.riezmanberger.com

James Nickel, author of Mathematics: Is God Silent? graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fresno State College. After college he worked as a Mathematical analyst for the United States Navy in Pt. Mugu where he designed code to analyze radar flight data of the F-14A Tomcat and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile. Then he designed and programmed the Order Entry and Accounting System for a major publishing house in Minneapolis. While teaching mathematics at YWAM’S International Base in Hawaii, God touched his heart in a unique way by leading him to read Foundations of Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective, an exploration of the full orbed nature of the Christian Faith. It was this understanding that gave him the foundational intellectual basis for writing Mathematics: Is God Silent? God also directed him to attend a seminar entitled How Should We Then Teach? This seminar, which thoroughly documented the Biblical World View and presented an historical approach to the history of the philosophy of ideas, challenged James to reinterpret mathematics from a distinctively Biblical Christian perspective. He also began to read R. J. Rushdoony’s monthly Chalcedon Report and was immediately impressed with Dr. Rushdoony’s encyclopedic knowledge, deep-rooted and comprehensive God-centered theology, and insightful wisdom soaked in Biblical truths. Then he read a “word of exhortation” concerning Christian School Curriculum from Barry Emmett. He found it profound. Here are a few excerpts: …the basis, the foundation of any educational endeavor is that rock, the Lord Jesus Christ…each discipline is to be a revelation of Christ, each from its own perspective, from its own frame of reference point to Jesus…Even as every name of Christ reveals a portion of truth…science reveals Jesus as creator and sustainer of life, history as God working through men to achieve His divine purpose, mathematics as a language describing God’s work…Mathematics reveals God in a precise way no other discipline can…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Enlarge your vision until Jesus permeates and fills every pore. Let the glory and majesty of the Lord come out from your academic materials… Following this, he read Morris Kline’s Mathematics and the Physical World. This author quoted some amazing statements by Johannes Kepler’s 1619 publication The Harmonies of the World-psalms of praise to God as a result of his planetary observations: The wisdom of the Lord is infinite; so also are His glory and His power. Ye heavens, sing His praises! Sun, moon, and planets glorify Him in your ineffable language! Celestial harmonies, all ye who comprehend His marvelous works, praise Him. And thou, my soul, praise thy Creator! It is by Him and in Him that all exists. That which we know best is comprised in Him, as well as in our vain science. To him be praise, honor, and glory throughout eternity. It was through a careful study of Kline’s book, that James entered the mathematical Elysium; a region furnished with rich fields, groves, shades, streams-a domain of delight consisting of the pleasurable beholding of God’s great and marvelous works as per Psalm 111:2, The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. This became the dedicatory verse of his math book. He also began to read a newsletter published by Gary North entitled The Biblical Educators and read many of Rushdoony’s works, especially his Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum, The One and the Many, By What Standard? and The Mythology of Science. Through these works, he began to see more clearly that Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional and Biblical approach to knowledge was the key to unlocking the door to a proper understanding of mathematics. In turn, James began teaching educators on issues in science, mathematics, history, and missions. He then received his MA in education. What he most highly treasured about receiving this degree was the signature of Dr. Rushdoony on the diploma. After reading James’s Master’s Thesis, Rushdoony told him that it must be published, and gave him some publishing contacts for Mathematics: Is God Silent? James also taught for an Australian Christian school; was a high school math instructor; and served as a systems analyst for a utility business, programming, designing, and maintaining software applications. He is currently doing full-time consulting and research work. Above all, he loves researching and writing (especially in the areas of mathematics and science) and has accumulated a library of over 2,000 books covering these fields and the fields of theology, history, economics, education, and law. He encourages his listeners and readers to press on in their unique calling under God. He says, Our lives are webs of His weaving; each strand is ordained of Him…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work within us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12,13). He has learned that ‘working out our salvation’ does require work, but this work is ultimately energized by God; it is not of our doing. The things that James has done or learned in the working out of God’s calling in his life were founded on the source of grace from whence comes the ability to do or to learn.  www.biblicalchristianworldview.net

Lou Priolo is the founder and president of Competent to Counsel International. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University and has been a full-time biblical counselor since 1985. He is the author of several books including The Heart of AngerThe Complete Husband; Teach Them DiligentlyGetting a Grip: The Heart of Anger Handbook for TeensPicking Up the Pieces: Recovering From Broken Relationships; Pleasing People: How Not to Be an ‘Approval Junkie’; and Resolving Conflicts: How to Make, Disturb, and Keep Peace. In addition to his books, Lou has dozens of recordings extrapolated from his years of lectures, teaching, and preaching. He is the editor of the Resources for Biblical Living series of booklets dealing with numerous counseling issues. Lou is a Fellow in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an instructor with the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He travels frequently throughout the United States and abroad training pastors, laymen, and fellow counselors.  Lou and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1987 and are the parents of two girls, Sophia and Gabriella. www.loupriolo.com

Dr. Georgia Purdom is a creation scientist currently working for Answers in Genesis as a teacher, researcher, writer, and lecturer. She became interested in creation studies after hearing Ken Ham speak at Cedarville University. Georgia received her PhD in molecular genetics from Ohio State University. Her professional accomplishments include the winning of a variety of honors, research presentations at national conferences, and the completion of six years of teaching at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio), where she served as a professor of biology. At Answers in Genesis, Georgia lectures, teaches online classes, and writes articles for Answers magazine and AIG’S website. She designed the ‘Natural Selection Is Not Evolution’ exhibit for AIG’s Creation Museum. Her papers have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the 2008 proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism, and the Answers Research Journal. She is a member of Creation Research Society, the American Society for Microbiology, and the America Society for Cell Biology. While at AIG, she has researched the role of microbes before and after the Fall of man and organized and headed the first meeting of creation microbiologists, called Microbe Forum, countering evolutionist’s views on the subject. Some of Dr. Purdom’s works include, Be Bold for Truth; The Genetics of Adam and Eve; Galapagos Islands: A Different View; Eugenics, Abortion, and Genetics; The Sanctity of Life; Kids Most Asked Questions about Science and the Bible; Genetics, Evolution, and Creation; Hope Amid Despair-The Legacy of Eve; All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation; Wonder of the Cell; Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?; The Intelligent Design Movement: How intelligent Is It?; and The Code of Life: DNA Information and Mutations. Georgia and her husband have one daughter.  www.answersingenesis.org

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond began his pilgrimage in 1985 when Christ called him to the orthodox faith of Biblical Christianity. By early 1991, Pastor Paul had ministered as a youth counselor, adult Bible school instructor and was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church as Minister of Education & Evangelism. At that time the CRC was undergoing severe doctrinal turmoil and was on the brink of a denominational split. Through his on-going studies and researching of many doctrinal teachings, Pastor Paul, along with others, was compelled to challenge many accepted dogmas and improper practices of the CRC and was convinced that the CRC, as a denomination, was beyond repair. In the fall of 1992, the Reformed Bible Church of Suffolk County was established. In mid 1998, Pastor Paul moved his family to Virginia and established the Reformed Bible Church In Central Virginia at Appomattox which continues the Scriptural "Sola" tradition of Reformation Theology and practice, with a strong emphasis upon the Christian Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1:28 to subdue and take dominion over the earth. In July of 2002, Raymond expanded the ministry in 2001 by establishing an institute for higher theological learning and Christian scholarship - The Institute for Theonomic Reformation (www.hisglory.us) and in 2009 established The New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy (www.NewGeneva.us). Paul Michael Raymond is a graduate of Whitefield Theological Seminary, holding a Masters degree from Whitefield, and a doctorate from Almeda Theological University. Raymond lives in Virginia with his wife of 28 years and has three grown children.

Jory Rolf is the Homeschool Father of six beautiful children, as well as a gifted Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator and Vision-Driven Leader.   Jory is the Founder and Director of Ozark Mountain Legacy, LegacyQuest, Make Believers Family International, and Shine Around the World Ministries.
Jory met his wife, Tess, and after stepping into fulltime ministry at the altar in 1998, launched an 18-year ministry: SHINE Around the World.  The Rolf’s ministry has Trained, Discipled and Launched Families into Mission Work across the globe.   The Rolf family helps to identify individuals, families and teams, that have the heart for discipleship, equipping them to "SHINE as a City on a Hill" throughout our unbelieving world.   SHINE also disciples families in Creative Evangelism, Biblical Studies, Mission Work and Personal Family Mission, Vision and Core Values Discovery.  Jory has led and launched over 40 biblical discipleship mission trips throughout the world and over 50 Mission Outreach Teams and Family Ministries have been trained and launched as a result of Jory’s Vision, Passion, Training and Discipleship.
Our Ozark Mountain Legacy was launched in 2007 by Jory in Branson, MO.   Having moved to Branson in 2003, Jory felt a burden to ensure that the area’s Christian Culture and Core Values were preserved and intact for future generations.  Jory and team helped Champion bringing nearly 400 community leaders and citizens together to clearly identify and solidify the Core Values, Mission and Vision for Ozark Mountain Country to Champion Family, Faith, Friends, Flag and Future - Guided by Christian Biblical Values.
LegacyQuest Int. was created to help inspire Communities, Organizations, Ministries, Churches and Families to identify their God-given Legacy and become purposeful and intentional to Pass On their Legacy and Core Values to the next generations.  Jory excels as an effective Thought-Leader offering “The Legacy Leader” Training to enable Communities, Organizations and Families to discover and deliver their unique Legacy and Core Values.
Make Believers Family International operates as the Rolf Family's tent-making “Busin-istry” - enabling their family to continue serving in ministry opportunities that the Lord allows the Rolfs to launch and deliver.  The Rolf Family also ministers together, around the globe, to share their good ol' fashioned family music and ministry (www.AnthemGlorye.com).
The Rolf family currently lives in Branson, MO where Jory is involved in many Generational Community Transformational Initiatives.  Jory's passion is to Disciple and challenge every individual and organization God brings across his path to SHINE for Christ in every area of their life and business.
Jory, his wife, Tess, and their six beautiful children, Banner, Nation, Anthem, Justus, Honour and Glorye, call Branson, MO their home as well as their Headquarters for their International Family Ministries.  Visit:  www.LegacyShine.com


Jon and Candy Summers have homeschooled since 1980. From 1987 to 1998, and then again in 2006, they served as leaders of North County Christian Home School Association. In 1987, they created There’s No Place Like Home, a business that publishes a newsletter which is emailed across the country, and also a book, planner, and website. This eventually broadened to include interior decorating, remodeling, and blogging as part of its overall mission to improve the home. Since 1993, Jon and Candy have led Missouri’s state organization, Christian Home Educators-now Family Covenant Ministries. Along with their children, they host statewide monthly meetings, monthly family activities, and an annual state conference. Considered to be one of the top conferences in the nation, the conference draws families from all over the country, and other nations. In 2003, men laid hands on Jon to establish and pastor the Lord’s Family Fellowship, dedicated to equipping faithful generations of covenanted families. Together, Jon and Candy, co-author in-depth chronological Bible studies for the church and their CHEF/FCM families. In 2003, they also began a family business called Summers on the Lawn-a complete lawn care and landscaping company which involves their entire family in serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers. With the help of caregivers, their entire family has cared for Jon and Candy’s parents since 2005. In 2012 they began working very hard to shape a viable farm for their children and their children’s children. Since then the family has begun several related businesses: Summers Family Farms; Jersey Downs Dairy; Summers Smokehouse; and Summers Wood Products. For truly “There’s No Place Like Home” and no community stronger than one situated firmly on multiple generations of Christian families.  www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com www.familycovenantministries.com