2015 Convention Speakers

CHEF of Alabama Homeschool Convention

June 18-19, Gardendale 1st Baptist Church



Bill Jack

Bill Jack is an educator with ten years experience in public schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetic and worldview training DVDs. As a founder of Worldview Academy he continues to pursue his passion to raise up a generation who have the vision to reach their culture with the gospel, who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill and his wife, Tabby, have three children and live in Colorado. 

Bill will be leading a Worldview Teen Track and presenting a keynote address. Here is an informative article about Bill and his family: http://samaritanministries.org/member-spotlight-bill-jack-worldview-academy



Israel Wayne


Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, and The Questions God Asks. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest magazine. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.

Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.

Israel has written articles for the following magazines and websites: Answers (Answers In Genesis), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries, The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others.

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, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences, with over 5,000 in attendance.



Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for nearly 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com.

To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.



Joyce Herzog

Joyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. Joyce taught classrooms of learning disabled students in private and public schools for many years and has been working with homeschooling families for two decades.  She has addressed rapt  audiences of appreciative parents and teachers all across the United States and Canada.  Joyce continues to reach the world through her  writing, tutoring in her local area and long-distance email and telephone consultations. 

Joyce’s products and counseling have blessed countless learners across this continent and around the world for more than two decades. Her unique philosophy to learning enables learners of all ages and abilities to progress. Homeschoolers have found that Joyce’s methods fit well with most other approaches, including the “real book” method, unschooling, relaxed homeschooling and the Charlotte Mason learning style. Her philosophy and materials also serve those with special needs.

Joyce Herzog’s products are designed to be used by those who care about a unique and appropriate education concentrating on each individual’s talents. We serve professional and parent educators. We promote an education suited to the needs of learners, their families and those who educate them. We have a reputation for serving homeschoolers, changing the mindset of parents and teachers and rescuing students who have been failing.

Credentials of Dr. Joyce Herzog

  1. Dr. Joyce Herzog holds a permanent professional certificate to teach K-8 with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities.

  2. She taught elementary and learning disabled students for twenty-five years in public and private schools.

  3. Joyce has served homeschoolers through speaking, authoring, and consultations for more than twenty-five years.

  4. Joyce has been speaking to general and special needs audiences at homeschool conventions throughout North America since 1992. She continues to address audiences at conventions and worldwide through webinars.

  5. She is listed in the The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Speaker’s Bureau and in Homeschool Speakers & Vendors Association

  6. Joyce’s writings earned her a doctorate in 1995.

  7. Joyce is named in Who’s Who of American Educators

  8. Joyce is a lifelong member of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association)

  9. Her web site was awarded the “Homeschool Approved” seal from the Old Schoolhouse Magazine

  10. Dr. Herzog has authored and published scores of educational materials including The Scaredy Cat Reading System, Luke’s Lists, Learning in Spite of Labels, Choosing and Using Curriculum, Math Boxes Curriculum, Early Learning Kit, School in a Box, and many others.


Dewitt T. Black, III

Dewitt T Black

Dee Black received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973 from Memphis State University School of Law and his Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. He has been practicing law for 36 years and is licensed to practice in his native state of Arkansas, in addition to the District of Columbia and South Carolina where he was in private practice for 11 years just prior to joining Home School Legal Defense Association. As Senior Counsel at HSLDA for the past 19 years, Dee is responsible for legal matters involving the Association’s members in 14 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and the territory of Guam. Dee and his wife, Ricci, have four children, all of whom have been taught at home.


More speakers will be added in the coming months. Many exhibitors will also present workshops to demonstrate how to use their curriuculum.