SPEAKERS FOR 2015
Born in California in 1949 and subsequently moving to the Washington, D.C., area, Pete Olson developed a love for American history at an early age. Spending much of his childhood with his grandfather Fay C. Brown, a noted scientist in the 1920s and 1930s, also instilled in him the joy of learning. This love for history and joy in learning was further strengthened when his parents purchased a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern Virginia. One of his favorite pastimes on weekends spent there was collecting Civil War buckles, bullets, and other paraphernalia.
As he grew older, he had the opportunity of traveling and working with his mother, a geologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior, in many sectors of the West, opening his paths of learning to the colorful history in that region. After graduating from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1967, he decided to further his studies at Colorado State University, with a major in history.
Graduating from there in 1973, he felt the call to ministry and served as a counselor to high school students. After completing his Masters of Divinity with Denver Seminary in 1982, he spent a combined twenty-six years as a pastor and as a primary and secondary teacher in two Christian day schools. Pete and his wife Roxanne have four grown children and were early pioneers of the home school movement in Colorado in the 1980s.
Now residing in Colorado, Pete enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge by teaching U.S. History, Government, Economics, and World History to home school students in Colorado, as well as speaking across the country. He is also presently the pastor of Good Shepherd Bible Church, located in Arvada, Colorado.
Mike Chapa is Pastor of Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church. A retired fighter/test pilot, Mike started at the USAF Academy and finished there where he taught aeronautical engineering. Mike has served as Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado and and elder with Kevin Swanson at Reformation Church. He and his wife, Tonya, have six children and live in the eastern Black Forest and have homeschooled since 1997.
Kevin Swanson is Pastor of Reformation Church in Elizabeth Colorado. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement and Christian families all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 7 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview radio program that reaches families across the US and in over 80 countries.