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Overflowing with Thankfulness

September 7-9, 2017 - Inn of the Hills - Kerrville, TX

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We are excited to announce our 2017 Conference theme: Overflowing with Thankfulness.

Thankfulness is easily forgotten, overlooked, quickly dismissed or even disregarded. At this conference we will learn that being thankful is a very important part of the life of the Christian.

God has been kind to us beyond measure. He created us, He upholds us, He provides for us, He protects us, He nourishes us, He loves us, and He redeems us.

It is our duty to give thanks to the One who has given so much. 1Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Join likeminded Christian families from all across Texas on September 7th through 9th in Kerrville, Texas as we put the emphasis back on being thankful to the Lord God who is worthy.

There will be biblical teaching and discipleship from Godly speakers; tons of fellowship, and plenty of opportunities to get to know other likeminded families. Come and share meals together, sing together, laugh together, and learn from one another as we grow in our Christian walk.

We will lean what it means to be thankful and we will leave "overflowing with thankfulness."

Kevin Swanson

Kevin Swanson is a father, pastor, and host of the international radio program Generations Radio. Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschool movement and serves as founding director of Generations with Vision, a ministry he founded to help strengthen homeschooling families around the country. After holding multiple leadership positions in corporate, church, and non-profit organizations, Kevin now speaks around the world on family-based discipleship, economics, and American culture. Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children.

Scott Brown

Scott T. Brown is the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives most of his time to local pastoral ministry, conferences on fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. He has been married to Deborah for thirty years, and they have four children ages twenty-six, twenty-four, twenty, and seventeen. Scott also helps people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family.

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, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting and Education: Does God Have an Opinion?. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for 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), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, Samaritan Ministries,,,,,, 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. Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their nine children.

Israel desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”

Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins has served as a pastor/elder at Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas, since 1996. His passions are for family worship, open air preaching, and defense of pre-born children. Steve and his wife, Sandra, have been married for 30 years and have sixteen children and five grandchildren.

Bradley Pierce

Bradley Pierce is a co-founding attorney of Heritage Defense, where he helps defend the parental rights of Christian homeschooling families around the country against threats by social services. After being homeschooled in the late 80′s through graduation, Bradley earned a degree in History and English from Baylor University while serving as student body vice president, then went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School. He and his wife Cindy have five children.

Wesley Strackbein

Wesley Strackbein is the Director of Unbroken Faith Ministries, an outreach of the Strackbein family whose goal it is to encourage others to pass the true faith, unbroken, from generation to generation. Wesley has lectured on John Knox in St. Andrews, Scotland; the French Huguenots in Paris, France; and has given messages on Texas and American history in various locations across the US. Among his passions are to proclaim the sufficiency of the Scripture for all of life and the great deeds of God in history. Wesley has edited numerous books, including Life is But a Vapor: The Life & Letters of Michael G. Billings and John Calvin: Man of the Millennium, and his articles have been published in Patriarch Magazine, the Patriot Update, the Schwarz Report and the Johnson City Record Courier, among other media outlets. He has also produced numerous films, including The League of Grateful Sons, The Mysterious Islands, as well as the new documentary recently completed by the Strackbeins, Anchored: A Grandfather’s Legacy, which brings to life a rich family heritage that stands behind Unbroken Faith Ministries—God’s faithful witness through the Holdens over five generations.

Dennis Gunderson

Dennis Gundersen is President and owner of Grace and Truth Books, a Christian publisher of more than 60 books, with a primary focus on reprinting 19th century children’s stories with a character building emphasis. Dennis has served as Senior Pastor at three Tulsa churches since 1984 and is currently devoting his time to writing, publishing, conference speaking and training young people for ministry at the Tlapaneco Bible Institute in Guerrero, Mexico. He is author of two books: “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” and “Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference” and he is a frequent speaker at church conferences, men’s retreats and home education conventions. He and his wife Naomi have been married since 1976, and have four sons. He is an avid mountain climber, cyclist, and photographer.

John Latham

John serves as a pastor/elder at North Gabriel Christian Assembly in Austin, Texas. He helped start the church about fourteen years ago with fellow elder Don Hart, Jr. John is also a husband, father, and small-business owner. He has been married to Tobey Latham for over 20 years and they have eight children and four grandchildren. John is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religious Education. He did his undergraduate work at Hardin-Simmons University and earned a BBS in Applied Theology.

Jonathan Covey

Jonathan is a graduate of Oak Brook College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2015. He is a trained public speaker and debater, and enjoys communicating the truth of God's Word to others as often as he has the opportunity. Jonathan is founder of Drafted Ministries, an organization he is starting because of his heart for exhorting individuals and the culture to turn back to the biblical roles God intended for them. His desire is to encourage men to be manly, and women to be feminine according to their God-given roles, realizing that the Christian life is not a game, but that we are called to war for Christ. Jonathan married his lovely bride, whom he first met at the Forge Conference three years ago, in April 2016. They reside in Liberty Hill, Texas with the birds, bugs, and bluebonnets.

Talk Titles Include

Where are the Nine?
The First Thanksgiving
Words of Thankfulness-Taming the Tongue
How Good is God? The Abundant Resources of Heaven
Revival in the Home
Pitchin' a Fit
Common Mistakes Christian Parents Make
Freedom from Sin! Thanks be to God
Unrestrained Thanksgiving-Walking and Leaping and Praising God
How Can We Not Be Thankful?: Our Debt of Gratitude to God
Serving with Love and Loving to Serve
Overflowing with Thankfulness in Overwhelming Circumstances
What have your troubles taught you,
What is the greatest joy?
The Marks of True Christianity

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Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center

1001 Junction Hwy | Kerrville, Texas 78028 | (830) 895-5000


When making individual reservations, please call Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center at (830) 895-5000 and request the Forge Ministries block to secure the negotiated group room rate. For any additional questions please contact the Forge Director


  • Free Parking
  • Complimentary High-Speed Wireless Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas.
  • Complementary Membership Passes to the Family Sports Center (Fitness Complex).
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee/maker
  • 24hr Fax Service
  • Room Service
  • Courtyard Pool
  • Business Center
  • Free local and credit card calls
  • Free local shuttle service available within a 5-mile radius.

The Alpine Lodge

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant offers casual family dining with homemade pastries, and desserts, specialty dinner buffets nights, lavish Sunday Brunch, and a daily luncheon buffet, including soup, sandwich, and salad. The restaurant serves a full menu. A children’s menu is also available. Restaurant Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday & 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday

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