Join us for Homeschool Week!
June 11-17, 2018
Call (609)-494-5689 to register or email
Chuck and Andrea Black
Author, Speaker, Homeschool Dad
Chuck Black was born and raised in Williston, ND. He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and graduated in 1985 with a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He entered the United States Air Force and traveled throughout the US and to foreign countries as a tactical communications engineer. He was then accepted into pilot training and eventually flew F-16 fighters. After spending nine years in the Air Force, he returned to Williston, ND to take a position with a plastics firm as a product design engineer. He is now the CEO of a chemical injection company in the oil and gas industry and the inventor/co-inventor on twelve patents for products that are distributed and sold nationally and internationally.
Chuck is first a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and in the Holy-Spirit-inspired, infallible Word of God. He is second a husband to his wife, Andrea, and third, a father to six children ranging in age from 30 to 20 (Brittney, Reese, Ian, Emily, Abigail and Keenan). Chuck and Andrea have homeschooled their children for the past twenty-four years. Four have graduated from college and two are attending college.
Chuck has served as an Elder at Cornerstone First Baptist Church in Williston, ND and has taught adult Sunday school classes for the past nineteen years including frequent class sessions on parenting. He has written columns for the Teach Them Diligently Convention, the North Dakota State Homeschool Association and speaks at conferences throughout the US. Chuck has also been published in LifeWay’s Home Life Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Walk Thru the Bible’s Stand Strong Magazine and on various websites and e-newsletters.
Chuck is the author of sixteen books which comprise The Kingdom Series, The Knights of Arrethtrae series, the Wars of the Realm trilogy, and Call to Arms, the Guts and Glory of Courageous Fatherhood. Kingdom’s Dawn of The Kingdom Series received Homeschool.com’s “Voted #1” award and was on CBA’s top ten best sellers list twice in 2008 for all Christian Youth Literature. Chuck’s passion is to inspire people of all ages to follow the Lord with zeal and to equip parents, pastors, and youth leaders to accomplish the same.
Andrea Black, wife of Chuck Black, and mother of six, has spent
twenty-four years homeschooling her own personal Brady Bunch. The
last three years she has taught 5th and 6th grades at Trinity Christian
School. With a degree in English and Speech/Theatre Education, she
can also be found coaching the local Christian school speech team,
speaking at various women's groups, and singing with the worship team
at Liberty Evangelical Free Church. She and Chuck have a heart to
minister to families and have jointly taught several parenting classes
through their church. Andrea credits the military with her rapid
dependence upon Jesus as each day as an Air Force wife challenged her
to trust completely in Him while she waited for and supported her
husband. This love for her Savior gives her purpose and passion for a
life lived in service to Him!
The story behind The Kingdom Series:
I will never forget a family devotion when I opened the Bible and began to read a passage to my six children about one of the many miracles that Jesus performed. Now, I get excited reading about Jesus doing anything, but I was nearly twenty-seven years old when I finally “got it.” It’s not that the children rolled their eyes or moaned at hearing a story they had heard sixteen times before, but the glossy eyes and the staring at the ceiling to discover new patterns in the texture were a dead give-away. Naturally, I paused and gathered myself up for a gentle dissertation on “getting it.” After explaining the significance of redemption to a sin-sick soul, I was rewarded with the patronizing elephant nod and more blank stares. Shortly thereafter, I awoke in the middle of the night. A medieval story of a Prince from a distant land sent by his father the King to save the people from the clutches of the Dark Knight so enveloped my mind that I could not rest until I arose and wrote for several hours.
At our next family devotion, I read the story to the children and watched their waning attention transform into complete and total anticipation. From the youngest to the oldest, they literally craved each sentence as the parable of Jesus unfolded. Their response amazed me, and yet I was honestly quite disappointed. Why did it take a fictional story to get the response from my children I was searching for that should have happened from reading Scripture? Then I realized something superbly significant…that is how Jesus taught! He told fictional stories with deep spiritual meaning. Some were so deep that the people never understood them, but you can bet they listened. Parables are powerful! Because of this event, I penned The Kingdom Series to help our children see the supremely significant story of Jesus Christ and his mission to save mankind.
Class Descriptions for Homeschool Week
**Schedule and classes subject to change**
June 11-17, 2018
During daily General Sessions (morning session ages 12-adult: 9:30-10:30 am and evening session for ages 12-adult: 6:30-7:30 pm) (Nursery provided for children ages 0-2 during General Sessions)
**Schedule and classes subject to change**
Registration for classes will begin on April 27th at 9:00am.
Invoice must be paid in full in order to register for classes.
Some Homeschool Week Encouragement
A Mom’s Heart:
Our homeschooling journey began before we had children. As newlyweds, we taught at a small Christian school. While we loved the spiritual environment, we also felt that there was a lot of educational time lost in classroom management. About the same time, we became connected to several Christian families who had made the decision to educate their children at home, and we were very impressed with both their intelligence and character. By the time we had our own children, we felt clearly that God was calling us to educate them in this way. While we know that education is a very personal decision and we believe that every parent has the call to seek God for His direction for their children, He has confirmed over and over the way that He has used this choice in our children’s lives. As we prepare our oldest to graduate from high school, and begin our youngest in first grade, we are thankful for the desire to learn, and the intimate relationships between our five children. While living in Florida, we were very fortunate to have a well developed support system, along with great respect for homeschooling within the educational community at large. We realize, however, that the opportunity and freedoms available to homeschoolers vary state by state, and that the believing community plays a vital role in strengthening each family and their educational choices.
Harvey Cedars strongly believes in supporting the family as a reflection of God’s love for His people, and by offering a homeschool week, we can do that in an even more focused way for those who have chosen this journey. Homeschool week has a reputation for offering excellent resources and rich fellowship, and our family very much looks forward to becoming part of this tradition.
A Father’s Challenge:
Did God design you to be alone? Of course not! And if you have chosen to homeschool, the same answer applies. To truly succeed, you need to surround yourself with a supporting, affirming, and encouraging network of those pursuing this calling.
To partner with our homeschool families, we have designed a week to bring just that. As a home-educating father myself, I know firsthand that you need to revive. You need to refresh. You want new ideas. And most of all, you want to be affirmed that this is what God has called you to do for your children and their walk in Him. During homeschool week at HCBC, you will step away from the daily grind to relax and receive the tools to make it another year. You will leave knowing that you…can…do this!