2024 Confessional Lutheran Homeschool League Conference

May 11,2024


Vocations of the Homeschool Family

The day will include:
Matins & Suffrages
2 Presentations by our Keynote
Rev. James Preus 
Homeschool 101 presented by:
Homeschool Iowa Representative
Lunch & Snacks
Limited Childcare (10 and under)
An Exhibitor Hall
Coffee, Confections & Connections

keynote 1

The Holy Spirit Has Called Me by the Gospel
  • Every Christian, whether husband, wife, father, mother, son, or daughter has the same vocation, to believe the Gospel and to walk in a manner worthy of that call (Ephesians 4:1). What is the call to be a Christian? What must everyone, regardless of station in life, keep in mind?
  • We will learn how to do salutary and sustainable daily family devotions in service to this call.

Presented by:

The Confessional Lutheran Homeschool League is dedicated to supporting current homeschoolers, equipping future homeschoolers and encouraging those considering homeschooling from a confessional Lutheran perspective.

Rev. James Preus

Pastor James Preus, son of a Lutheran pastor, grew up going both to Lutheran parochial school and public
school in Wisconsin and Minnesota, respectively. He graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota in Morris in 2010 and with a MDiv from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2015. He and his wife, Theresa, have five children ages two through ten. They homeschool their children with a focus on Lutheran classical education. Pastor Preus has been pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA since 2015.


Coffee, Confections, & Connections

This is a time to mix and mingle, ask questions, connect with other home educators and visit with our exhibitors.  Enjoy a hot coffee while getting to know our Homeschool League members. Sample chocolates while making connections with fellow home educators and exhibitors.  Ask questions of our exhibitors and League members.  
MAY 11, 2024
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1100 Market St, Carlisle, Iowa
Contact our Conference Coordinator
Ceci Johnson
Limited Childcare Provided
Lunch and Snacks Provided

keynote 2

Consider Your Place in Life… 
Are You a Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Husband, Wife, or Worker?
  • Having first learned the common call of all Christians, regardless of station in life, we will then learn how each station in the Christian homeschool family serves this primal call to be a Christian.

Held At:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, LCMS
Holy Cross is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in the Iowa West District. We invite you to join us for Christ-centered Divine Service of God's Word and Sacrament, using the historic liturgy of the Christian faith.

Pastor of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Rev. Kevin Johnson Mdiv

Rev. Kevin Johnson was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa where he met his wife Ceci in German class.  After serving in the United States Marine Corps and graduating with a degree in architecture from Iowa State University, he attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis until being called to be pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carlisle, Iowa in 2004.  Along with Ceci, Pastor Johnson has been blessed to be able to use his experiences as a veteran, architect and pastor to teach his own children, as well as other youth in the congregation’s homeschool co-op.  Both Pastor Johnson and Ceci are overjoyed to say that homeschooling was a blessing to their family and their two daughters have grown into exceptional young Christian women.



Come visit with us during the Coffee, Confections, and Connections time.   Learn how we balance our vocation as educators with our other God given vocations.  

Melissa Nath

Melissa Nath, along with her husband, Lance, have been homeschooling since 2008. They wanted to provide their children with an individualized education that would allow them to learn at their own pace. They also realized the importance of being able to teach the faith and instill their values in their children without the constant contradiction of a secularized school system. They are coming to an end of this homeschool journey, with only a high school junior still at home. They have graduated two other children. Carter is 24, married, and has his own piano tuning and repair business. Kristina is 21, married, and is a new mom, planning to homeschool in the future. She also does freelance artwork from home. Jakob, who is 18, will be graduating in 2023, and he plans to go on to pre-sem. Melissa’s favorite part of homeschooling has been reading great literature with her children. 

Kathryn Feldt

Kathryn Feldt and her husband of 34 years have 3 children.   They decided to educate their children at home when their oldest was in the 4th grade. We are approaching a new phase in our lives as our last child will be attending LIRA in the fall.  Kathryn loves studying history, reading great literature, baking bread, directing choir and singing with her family.  The Feldts enjoy playing board games, traveling, and making music together.  

Kristi Palma

Kristi Palma has been married to her husband, Juvenio, since 2008.  Together they have 2 children, Logan (7) and Madison (12) & have homeschooled since 2019.   Juvenio & Kristi were both raised in public school but became more curious about homeschooling after being around multiple Lutheran homeschool families.  After much prayerful consideration, their family took the leap as Madison was pulled out of public school and Kristi left her full-time job.  Juvenio & Kristi both see the wonderful benefits this has had on their family.  They enjoy encouraging other couples who may be considering homeschooling but are afraid to take that final leap. 

Kathy Dee

Kathy Dee is a homeschool mother to five children in middle and elementary school age range.  Kathy is a former public school music teacher, but as soon as their family started growing, she and her husband knew that homeschooling was the path for them.  Teaching reading to each of her children, and watching them learn to love reading, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of learning at home.  Aside from everyday learning, Kathy enjoys teaching music as well as homeschool coop classes.  She also loves getting her children out hiking and exploring, and spending many hours with them at the library.   

Kristina Helfert

Kristina Helfert is a homeschool graduate and the daughter of Lance and Melissa Nath. She and her husband, Tyler, have a toddler son and are making plans to homeschool once that time comes. Kristina quit her retail job to become a stay-at-home mother and freelance artist. Whether she is painting iconography for church, illustrating children’s books, or teaching art to the homeschool kids she is always eager to continue learning. She feels that homeschooling gave her the tools for learning that have helped her become successful. While being homeschooled her favorite subjects were Latin, logic, and literature.  

Gayl Siegel

Gayl Siegel is a mother and the wife of a retired pastor. She and her husband, Jeff, have one daughter, Helen, who is in the fourth grade and has been homeschooled since junior kindergarten. Gayl has been a veterinarian and public health officer, and is now a homemaker, home educator, and published author. In addition to teaching her daughter at home, she has taught or tutored several subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Creation Science, Ornithology, German and Calligraphy.

Christina Williamson

Christina Williamson and her husband Josh have been traveling the world and homeschooling their children along the way.   Currently they are living in Des Moines and hope to stay a while. Christina always knew that being a mother and homemaker was what she was meant to be.  Homeschooling just seemed like the natural choice for their lifestyle.  In addition to teaching her children, she enjoys tinkering with photography, baking, reading and taking field trips with her family and homeschool co-op.

Ceci Johnson

Ceci Johnson and her husband Kevin homeschooled their daughters, Sarah (Lutheran schools K-3) and Bekah.  At some point they realized having their children home with them would be beneficial to a pastor’s family where Dad is busy on weeknights, weekends, and holidays. It also gave them the opportunity to raise their children with their Christian values. Both girls have gone on to successful college experiences.  As an English major, Ceci especially enjoyed teaching language arts and she continues to teach creative writing, Shakespeare, public speaking, and art appreciation for our homeschool coop.  




This is a family friendly event.
Spouses and children are encouraged to attend.
We will be offering limited childcare for Infants - 10 year olds.
No Childcare for church services
Families will be responsible for bathroom visits and diaper changes.
Be sure to indicate childcare needs on your registration form.
Please provide cell phone information to improve communication for childcare staff.


this conference is supported by your generous donations

The Confessional Lutheran Homeschool League families not only plan, prepare, and organize this conference, but also provide all funding related to this event. We appreciate your support and will accept freewill donations throughout the conference.  

things to do while in town

Follow the underlined links for details
History Museum Many floors of interactive history!
Balloon Museum Hot Air Balloon museum (kids free)
Art Center Lovely art gallery with outdoor art too
State Capitol Visit the beautiful capitol of Iowa
Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge
Papa John’s Sculpture Park Outdoor sculpture garden
Hall of Laurates 

$10 and under
Salisbury House Amazing historical mansion
Jordan House   (must call in advance)

Science Center
Blank Park Zoo
Living History Farms
Botanical Garden Indoor garden filled with unique plants
So Much More:
Field Trip Iowa links to field trip opportunities statewide