Sally Lloyd Jones

Sally Lloyd Jones
Author of The Jesus Storybook Bible

“I get to have the best job in the world—writing stories. And I get to work for the best bosses in the world—children.”

Sally is a New York Times best-selling author—and sometimes a performer.

She is to blame for over 20 books, including “How To Be A Baby,” which the New York Times called “adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous.” She has written many other books for children, including: “Baby Wren and the Great Gift,” a 2017 Christopher Award Winner; “Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale,” a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing,” ECPA Devotional Book of the Year; and “The Jesus Storybook Bible,” an American Library Association Notable and Platinum Book which has sold over 2.5 million copies and is in over 34 languages. She is especially proud that “Skip To The Loo, My Darling!” went straight to number one on the potty charts. (Yes there is such a thing.)

Sally recently performed in a 12-city tour with Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb in an “Evening of Stories and Songs.” She has appeared in New York City with Amy Grant and Ashley Cleveland in “Story In The Round,” an evening of story and songs; and at Carnegie Hall with Keith and Kristyn Getty in their Christmas show.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East and West Africa and at a boarding school in New Forest, England—Sally moved to the U.S. in 1989 “just for a year or two”. She’s still here.

“My British accent makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about, so I’ve kept it.”

The first book Sally ever remembers reading all the way through was “A Book of Nonsense” by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

Sally lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back. Visit her at

John Erickson

John Erickson
Hank the Cowdog

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller’s knack for spinning a yarn. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck head of ranch security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the west Texas Panhandle. This series of books and audios is a favorite in schools and libraries across the country, has sold more than nine million copies, is a Book of the Month Club selection, and is the winner of an Audie Award for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publishers Association. Publishers Weekly calls Hank a “grassroots publishing phenomena” and USA Today says the series is “the best family entertainment in years.”

Hank the Cowdog made his debut in the pages of The Cattleman, a magazine for adults, and when Erickson started getting “Dear Hank” letters, he knew he was on to something. So, in 1983, he self-published 2,000 copies of “The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog,” and they sold out in six weeks.

When teachers began inviting Erickson to their schools, Hank found his most devoted fans. Teachers, librarians and students alike love Hank. The lively characters make excellent material for reading and writing lessons, and turn even the most reluctant readers into avid Hank-fans.

Erickson lives near Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. His advice to young writers is, “Write about something you know. Try to leave your readers better off than they were before.”

Ryan and Laura Dobson
Rebel Parenting

Ryan Dobson
Ryan Dobson is leading a rebellion not for the faint of heart—one that fights for the hearts and souls of parents and families. Our culture has been tipped on its head over the past 20 years, and therefore the approach to helping families get healthy has to be profound. It was this mindset and understanding of culture that prompted Ryan and his wife, Laura, to found REBEL Parenting. Ryan has combined his natural abilities and passion for public speaking to significantly engage and challenge parents and families in every stage of life in a revolutionary way. It is this atmosphere of total honesty, grace, truth and love that the messiness of this life can find wholeness.

Ryan is no stranger to strengthening marriages and parents. He is a product of successful parenting, living a very public life as the son of America’s foremost family expert, author and radio broadcasting parenting specialist Dr. James Dobson. He launched his own radio broadcast with the purpose of “building passion and identity in Christ followers.” He then helped his dad found “Family Talk” and also served as the vice president of the broadcast. With that rich background, he left “Family Talk” to begin REBEL Parenting because “to impact a culture like ours, sometimes you have to start a REBELLION.” Why? Because marriage is hard, parenting is harder. The struggle is real. But, it’s always worth it. As Ryan has said, “The value of having a great marriage is beyond description. Being close with your kids, beyond comparison.”

Laura Dobson
“Don’t just sit there, do something” has been the narrative of Laura Dobson’s life. Tracing her history of doing the right things at the right time will encourage you to join with her newest endeavor. Her ministry experience and leadership began before she graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in public health administration. She was a leader and facilitator with Youth With A Mission for over 10 years. Through “Surfers for Missions International Outreach”, she led international surf missions in a number of countries including Portugal, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and the Netherlands. And as a board member and coach with GAP Youth Training, Laura embodies the ministry's heart and passion to empower, inspire and help people to impact their community.

Laura, along with her husband, Ryan, founded REBEL Parenting, an organization that speaks boldly to couples and parents covering "taboo" topics in a way rarely visited in Christian circles. Frederick Douglass said, “…the thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” Her unique ministry experience, along with the seasons experienced by most couples—courtship, marriage, kids, school decisions—has given her particular insights, making huge differences in the landscape of relationships. Marriage and parenting in our world is in a state of chaos and in need of someone to lead the charge to stop the decline. Without apology, Laura and Ryan have decided to confront the issues destroying lives, speaking frankly and directly to bring healing. Laura is able to use her non-judgmental style to ask hard and awkward questions without condemning. Her vulnerability encourages and allows people to share core issues. Some have rightly described her as strong and yet gentle and gracious—qualities that have placed Laura at the leading edge of helping families to become whole and healthy.

Steve Demme

Steve Demme
Building Faith Families

Dallas Only

Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Down syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Steve has served in pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler is a respected author, consultant for BJU Press and the Home School Legal Defense Association, and is the founder of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). She is also the former director of Apologia Press and derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging parents around the globe.

Zan and Joe Tyler have been married for 32 years and successfully homeschooled each of their three children from kindergarten through high school. Most importantly, their children continue to love the Lord and remain very involved in each other’s lives.

Speaker Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings

Woodlands Only

Paul Hastings is a homeschool graduate, a serial entrepreneur, and an award-winning filmmaker. In 2013, Paul served as the Public Policy Director of the Texas Home School Coalition and launched the THSC Watchmen program which has shaped the course of home school freedoms in Texas for the last 7 years.

Paul is the host of "Compelled", a podcast telling unique stories of God's work in people's lives. Paul, his wife, and their children live near Austin, Texas.

David Swarbrick

David Swarbrick
One Day Academy

David currently teaches mathematics at the local community college and serves as the executive director of One Day Academy, an academic resource for homeschool families around Texas. David has degrees in engineering, mathematics and divinity, spending 15 years in vocational ministry and 12 years as college faculty. David and his wife Laura live in Austin. They have been married 35 years and are blessed with four adult sons and two granddaughters.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp
Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy

Kathi Lipp is a former homeschooler who loves giving real help and how-tos with humor and wisdom to move people forward in every area of their lives. Kathi is the bestselling author of 17 books including “Clutter Free,” “The Get Yourself Organized Project,” “The Husband Project,” and “Overwhelmed.” She is the host of Clutter Free Academy podcast, runs the Facebook group called Clutter Free Academy, and speaks at conferences across the U.S.

She is featured on Focus on the Family, MOPS International,, Girlfriends in God and Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a number of other media outlets around the country. She’s a featured expert on clutter for Women’s Day Magazine and has been named “Best of Broadcast” on Focus on the Family twice.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Call 1-214-922-8000 for a discounted room in the THSC room block.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Call 1-281-367-9797 for a discounted room in the THSC room block.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel


On-site parking fee: $23 USD daily
Valet parking fee: $31 USD daily
Electric car charging stations: 3, Complimentary

Off-site parking varies. Here are some nearby parking options.

The Woodlands

On-site parking fee: $6 USD hourly, $18 USD daily
Valet parking fee: $26 USD daily
Complimentary off-site parking is available at the Town Center parking garage, which is connected to the hotel by a skybridge. It is located at the corner of Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive.

There are other parking lots available. See the map at

Dallas Area AttractionsThe Woodlands Area Attractions

Nearby is the Dallas Museum of Art.
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country with over 24,000 works spanning over 5,000 years. DMA has free general admission with hours on Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. If your kids need to unwind, the Center for Creative Connections is a kid-friendly space with plenty to do. The Museum’s Sculpture Garden is also a great place for kids to play (just don’t touch the sculptures).

Engage all five senses at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
You’ll see the Perot Museum as soon as you make your way into downtown Dallas. The modern gray cube-shaped building, with its iconic glass-encased escalator, is home to 11 permanent exhibits and one-of-a-kind interactive displays, including an earthquake stimulator that will shake the ground beneath your feet. You can also race a cheetah or Olympic runner and gaze at towering dinosaurs. See CityPass for a discount for this museum.

Get lost in the savannah at the Dallas Zoo.
Named one of the “20 Best Zoos” by USA Today, the Dallas Zoo offers a global perspective on wildlife and their habitats. Catch a glimpse of the zoo’s Golden Girls, a herd of elephants that call the Elephants of the Savannah exhibit home. For a more hands-on experience, the giraffe ridge is the place to be for an eye-level encounter as you hand feed the tallest animal on land.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world.

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
Built in 1892, the beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse contains some of Dallas County’s most fascinating historical artifacts. There is a special exhibit gallery located on the first floor, while the second floor of Old Red is filled with exhibits, interactive touch screen computers, an educational learning center and four mini theatres. See VisitDallas for coupon.

Dallas Holocaust Museum
Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. See VisitDallas for a coupon for this attraction.

Dallas World Aquarium
The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds such as cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans can be seen. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, leafy, weedy and ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit.

Head east of downtown to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden in the Dallas Arboretum.
Each of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden’s 17 galleries overlooks beautiful White Rock Lake. Highlights include the Texas Skywalk, a walkway high in the trees perfect for spotting local birds and nests, and the Texas Native Wetlands gallery, a boardwalk adventure through grass tunnels to see plants and animals in their native habitats. Learning has never been so fun. Go to VisitDallas for a coupon.

Get a true Texas experience at the Great Trinity Forest, home to Texas Horse Park.
Trek out on the park’s beautifully preserved trails for a horse ride with the family. Located only eight miles south of downtown, Texas Horse Park sits on a section of the Great Trinity Forest that was part of Davy Crockett’s legacy and a large Native American archeological site. Now, the whole family can enjoy an authentic trail ride through the serene Texas woodlands.

See Dallas from 500 feet up at Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck.
The most recognizable building on the iconic Dallas skyline sits at the western end of downtown. At GeO-Deck, you can enjoy the view and interact with Halo, the deck’s digital information system, to learn about Dallas and its landmarks. See link below for a $2 off coupon or take a look at the CityPass for a discount.

Medieval Times
Finish your day at Medieval Times, a family dinner theater featuring rousing medieval-style games, impressive horsemanship, sword fighting and jousting, along with a four-course meal fit for a king.

El Fenix
Taste some authentic Tex-Mex at El Fenix, the oldest Mexican restaurant chain in the U.S. It's especially unique to Dallas because it's the original location, so enjoy some steak fajitas and sopapillas with the family. It’s also very close to the Perot Museum.

Free or Low-Cost Attractions

Dallas Farmers Market
Nestled among the skyscrapers and the hustle of the city, the Dallas Farmers Market has been filled with wholesome produce and the collective fruits of our labor since 1941. Once a humble horse-and-wagon wholesale business, the market has grown with the city and turned into a hub for farm-fresh vegetables, dairy and more.

Pioneer Plaza
Don't forget your selfie stick as you stand amongst the 49 massive bronze longhorn cattle sculptures at Pioneer Plaza, the site of the 1850s Shawnee Trail. Meander through time at Dallas Heritage Village and immerse yourself in history as you stop by the general store or visit a Civil War-era farm complete with livestock.

Explore Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park has completely changed the way Dallasites and visitors enjoy the city. Connecting downtown and the Arts District to residential uptown, the 5.2-acre park sits atop a busy interstate, but you’d never know from the park’s massive green space and abundance of trees. The park’s busy activity schedule keeps visitors entertained with live performances, movie nights, a children’s area, a dog park and daily food trucks.

John F. Kennedy Memorial
Designed by the Kennedy’s family friend, renowned architect Philip Johnson, the memorial is an open-roofed, concrete-walled monument symbolic of an open tomb.

Thanksgiving Square
Stop for a moment of reflection at Thanksgiving Square, a quiet park in the heart of downtown Dallas (and right off the DART light rail system line.) Step inside the Chapel of Thanksgiving, a small, spiral tower that features an enclave for prayer and an amazing, intricate, colorful stained glass window at the top of the spiral.

McKinney Avenue Trolley
Founded in 1983 with the intent of returning heritage streetcars to the streets of Dallas, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority successfully accomplished that goal in July of 1989. The M-Line’s air-conditioned and heated restored vintage trolleys operate normally 365 days a year, providing safe, clean, reliable, and convenient public transportation free of charge (except charters) in Dallas’ vibrant uptown neighborhood.

Money-Saving Deals and More

  • Discounted attractions
  • VisitDallas tips
  • Consider CityPass
    • Save close to 40 percent on admission to four of the top attractions in Dallas, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza or the Dallas Zoo, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Space Center Houston
With more than 400 things to see and do, including a variety of ever-changing exhibits, films and live shows, Space Center Houston is a must-do group destination. We invite you to experience space exploration through its exciting present, its dramatic history and its compelling future.

The Space Center Houston discount tickets are on the Called to Teach Homeschool Convention (The Woodlands) registration form. After selecting any ticket, the Space Center Houston tickets will be revealed and are located at the bottom of the registration form.

1940 Air Terminal Museum
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is housed in the original art-deco Houston Municipal Airport building at present-day William P. Hobby Airport. The museum showcases the rich heritage of civil aviation, including the airlines, general aviation and business aviation. Exhibits include Houston's fascinating aviation history.

Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically-maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Brazos Bend State Park
Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! (Please note that some areas of this park are closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. Please check their website for more information).

Children’s Museum of Houston
With 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, our all-inclusive admission ticket provides access to hundreds of activities, workshops, special performances and every exhibit at the top-rated Children’s Museum of Houston. Celebrate your child and make memories to last a lifetime with every visit!

Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks—Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Water Works building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully-equipped ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

The Health Museum
In the heart of Houston, The Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences and the human body. With over 2.5 million visitors, we are the most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind and a favorite among Houstonians.

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city’s diverse population. Celebrate Houston here!

Discount: When you show your 2019 Woodlands Convention name tag, you will receive a “Buy One Get One Free” tour ticket.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.

Houston Police Department Museum
The Houston Police Department Museum is located in the lobby of Houston Police Department headquarters and features unique displays and a memorial wall honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers that gave their lives in the line of duty. There is no charge for the museum.

Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily, providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.

Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf
Unique glowing experience! Family fun!

Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown
Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown is a water park located north of Houston on I-45.