2018 Mid-West Conference Speakers
Cultivating a "Thy will be done" Environment
in the Heart and the Home
Fr. Peter Jon Gillquist
Fr. Peter Jon Gillquist has pastored the flock of All Saints in Bloomington, Indiana (AOCNA) since 2006. He and his faithful wife, Khouria Kristina, raise and home-educate their six children in their old 19th century farmhouse on a couple of wooded acres outside the city limits. Fr. Peter Jon loves Liturgy, music and old barns, cherishes time with family, and strives to grow the Church, one soul at a time.
Father Noah Bushelli is grateful to be married to a living saint, Kh. Elizabeth, who homeschools their seven marvelous children. After serving St. Nicholas in Bridgeport, CT for three years he moved to St. Philip in Souderton, PA in 2006. He is grateful to raise his family in this warm, generous, faithful and vibrant community and is working very hard to meet the demands of parish life as well as focus on "the one thing needful". He spends his down time taking walks, reading theology, changing diapers, telling stories to his children, playing a little guitar.
Jennifer Hock taught first grade and in a special needs classroom in thepublic school system before beginning to homeschool her own childrensixteen years ago. She is married to Les Hock and together they haveworked diligently to find ways to include him in homeschooling and dailylife, despite having to work long hours and traveling often as a pilot.Jennifer has six children ranging in age from 3 - 24, three of whom wereadopted from foster care. She started Illumination Learning almost tenyears ago as a resource for Orthodox Christian parents, teachers, andclergy.
Les Hock is a devoted husband and father. Along with his wife, Jennifer,they have been homeschooling their 6 children for almost two decades with their oldest child recently graduating from college. As a professionalpilot, Les travels frequently and is always striving to find ways to stayengaged in the home-life and homeschooling process of his family – fromgeography lessons playing “Where in the World is Dad?” to math tutoringvia video conferencing. Les has a Masters in Business Administration, aBachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, as well as an Associate’s inMathematics. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family, workingon projects, and listening to and playing music.
Matushka Jennifer Levine has been married almost 30 years to Fr. Sean Levine (OCA priest & active-duty Army Chaplain), moved over 20 times, and had multiple Army separations while her husband was deployed. They have two boys that she has homeschooled since preschool age: Ethan, age 19, and Andrew, age 11. Matushka Jennifer earned a Master’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Christian Education. As a counselor and program director, she has worked with sex offenders, victims, adults, families, and kids. As an educator, she taught at colleges, military installations, homeschool co-op’s, churches, and Scouting programs. She recently spoke at an Orthodox Women’s Lenten Retreat in Texas this past spring. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, painting icons, and reading.
Adam Lockridge was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas where Adam studied Philosophy and Rachel studied Art Education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. At KU Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his Master's degree at the University of Memphis. The Lockridges attend Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas. You can reach Adam at email@example.com.
Melissa Naasko, a wife and mother of eleven children, lives on a hobby farm in the rugged wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Melissa first learned to cook with her grandmothers, which provided the necessary experience for her to work in catering in a private reception hall. As her family grew, she started teaching classes in cooking, baking, and menu planning, as well as doing contract recipe development from home. Melissa enjoys writing and speaking to mothers’ groups and homeschooling conferences on topics of faith, food, and family.
Joseph Steineger has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lindenwood University since January 2014. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies in 2003 and M.A. in Philosophy in 2005 from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion in 2014 from the University of Chicago. His primary teaching and research interests are in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Mind within the context of Medieval Philosophy. More specifically, these interests include the existence and nature of a first cause, hylomorphic accounts of mind and reality, and the nature of wisdom in guiding one’s way of life. Dr. Steineger is an enthusiastic teacher of college undergraduates, having taught Philosophy at the University of Chicago, the University of Kansas, Aurora University, St. Xavier University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Joliet Junior College. He is committed to making his classes both accessible and practical to undergraduates so as to promote the view that the examined way of life is the best way of life in any walk of life.