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Mr. John Notgrass:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



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Notgrass, John

370 S. Lowe Ave., Ste. A
PMB 211
Cookeville, Tennessee (TN)  38501
United States of America (US)

Featured Presentations4th Annual 2009 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo (2009, MO)
Workshop Presentations8th Annual 2013 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo (2013, MO)
2011 IAHE 26th Annual Home Educators Convention (2011, IN)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Shoot Your Kid
John encourages parents to keep investing in their children through high school and beyond, launching them into a life of service in God's kingdom.

Higher Education
What is the purpose of education? How can God’s people develop their talents and put them to good use? John explores answers to these questions as he considers college and other options for young adults.

Honor Your Father and Mother
Ray and Charlene Notgrass, John’s parents, made conscious decisions to help their children grow up in the Lord. John encourages parents and children to appreciate the blessings of home and to work diligently for the continuation of a faithful heritage.

Make It Your Ambition
A session for high school students, college students, and young adults about the need to dream big dreams for God's glory, to be different from the world, and to prepare well for marriage so that they can pass on a heritage of faith to their children's children.

Civic Duties
John gives a survey of Biblical teaching on how God's people can and must be involved in civil government through prayer, good deeds, and educated effort.

So You Want to Be a Millionaire?
John examines what the Bible says about how we get and use money, including the topics of work, giving, investing, lending and borrowing, and building community.

Preserving the Harvest
The homeschooling movement will continue to be successful only if each successive generation catches the vision of faithfulness. John Notgrass, a homeschool graduate, believes that his parents have been successful parents because they have passed on to him a vision for serving the Lord with his life. John encourages parents to keep investing in their children through high school and beyond, preparing them to bear much fruit in God’s kingdom.

Come meet Alfred the Great of the West Saxons
Building a Kingdom: The Life of Alfred the Great
During the 9th century, England faced multiple waves of Viking raiders and settlers. Alfred rose to prominence by successfully challenging them in war, but he was also an accomplished leader in peace as he promoted religion, education, and justice. Alfred is the only English monarch to be remembered as "The Great." Dressed in medieval attire, John relates Alfred's story in a first-person narrative.

Come Meet Wesley Biddle Notgrass, WWII Soldier
One Soldier’s Story: A Tennessean in WWII
John's grandfather Wesley Biddle Notgrass (1915-2007) joined the United States Army in 1941 and served for four years, one month, and seven days in the United States and Europe during World War II. Based on his grandfather's recollections and wearing his grandfather's uniform, John steps into character to share Wesley's life story in a first-person narrative, from growing up in the 1920s and 30s through his experiences during the war. The presentation is illustrated with photographs from Wesley's collection.

Come Meet Sam Watkins
Recollections of a Confederate Soldier
Sam Watkins was 21 years old when the War Between the States began in 1861. He marched and camped and fought with Company H of the First Tennessee Regiment until the end. John steps into uniform and character to share anecdotes from Sam's memoirs about that "unpleasant misconception of there being such a thing as a north and south." His stories are personal, humorous, and full of the faithful attitude with which Sam told them.

John's Achievements
  • Historical actor and musician
  • Author of Make it Your Ambition: Encouraging Young People to Live for God's Glory
  • Co-author of Draw to Learn: The Book of Proverbs
  • Co-author of Exploring World History
  • Producer of One Soldier's Story
  • Business manager for Notgrass Company
Notgrass's Bio

John Notgrass is a homeschool graduate who grew up as the oldest son of a preacher. John and his wife, Audra, also a homeschool graduate, live in Middle Tennessee. They have a daughter, Melody, who is with the Lord, and a son, Avery.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with John Notgrass and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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