Join us in October for a gathering of forward-thinking Christian school educators. This event will celebrate the 100+-year impact and influence of Reformed Christian schools and imagine the next century of Christian education.

Advance Reading

We will have a number of books for you to take home from the event. But to better set the stage and understand the context of the discussions, we invite you to read through a brief overview of the history of Reformed day school education in this four-part series:

Part One: Beginnings

Part Two: Thought Leadership in the Boom Years, 1950 to 1990

Part Three: Seeking a New Paradigm of Educating: 1990 to 2010

Part Four: Schools Embodying a Transforming Vision: Missional, Dynamic, Deeper, and Global 2010 – Present


Wednesday, October 27

9:30 a.m.
Opening welcome and remarks
Dan Beerens, CACE
Tim Drisdom, Intermountain Christian School

10:00 a.m.
Keynote: Engaging God’s World
Neil Plantinga, Calvin University


11:15 a.m.
Keynote: 40 Outcome Statement
Ron Polinder, Rehoboth Christian School

12:15 a.m.
Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m.
Keynote: Interpreting, Fast and Slow: Faith, Love, and Hope for Christian Education
Justin Bailey, Dordt University

2:30 p.m.
Keynote: Flourishing Together in Community
Lynn Swaner, ACSI

3:30 p.m.
Conversation with Steve Green

4:00 p.m.
Optional museum tour
Steve Green, Museum of the Bible

6:30 p.m.
Dinner: Conversations on educational policy with Scott Walker


Thursday, October 28

9:30 a.m.
Tim Drisdom, Intermountain Christian School

9:45 a.m.
Erik Hoeksra, Dordt University

10:15 a.m.
From Surviving to Thriving
Mitch Menning, Intermountain Christian School
Pursuing Shalom in the City
Joel Gaines, The City School
Faithful to Our Story
Dave Loewen, Surrey Christian School


11:30 a.m.
Table conversation

12:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch 

1:15 p.m.
Transforming Communities through Global Christian Education
Diane Stronks, Edudeo
Blessed to be a Blessing
Chad Dirkse, Chattanooga Christian School
EveryNation, Tribe, and Tongue
Aaron Winkle, Liz Brown, & Kassy Gutierrez, Living Stones Academy

2:15 p.m.
Panel discussion
Erik Ellefsen, CACE, moderator

3:00 p.m.
Tim Van Soelen, CACE

6:30 p.m.
Dinner: Conversations on educational policy with Mike Pompeo

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