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The Apostolic Home School Network is a ministry which was born over twenty years ago in the hearts of Steve and Carol Ryerson as they desired to help other Apostolic home schoolers. At the time, they only knew of one other Apostolic family who was home schooling. Although their own sons are now adults, their passion continues to be assisting parents in rearing godly families.

They have been joined in this endeavor by Arthur & Julia Vanderhoff, who also share this passion, render vital advice, and help shoulder the load.


Steve & Carol Ryerson

Steve & Carol RyersonSteve & Carol essentially began homeschooling with the birth of their first son, even though at that time they had never heard of homeschooling. They started more officially in 1983 when their eldest son began kindergarten. At that time homeschooling was still legally questionable in Ohio. They continued for the next 18 years until their younger son graduated in 2001.

A graduate of The Ohio State University in social studies and English education, Steve taught in both public and Christian schools. He was also a Christian school principal. After being in the field of education for 17 years, they moved to Findlay, Ohio where he pastored for 9 years. Steve and Carol relocated to western Kentucky in 2007.

Carol graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a degree in music. With her training as a classical pianist, she teaches private piano lessons in their home. Through the years she has been involved in church music playing piano, organ, and keyboard. She also founded and directed a home school choir while they still lived in Columbus.

Steve & Carol have been advising parents with the training of their children and to think Biblically for over 25 years. They published a home school newsletter for seven years, and also founded the Apostolic Home School Festival in 2000.

In early 2009 Steve developed lymphoma, which they decided to treat through natural means. The LORD healed in a wonderful way. Now past that phase of his life, both Steve & Carol are happy to share their experience with those who would like to treat cancer or other conditions through diet and other natural alternatives.

Steve and Carol have two fine adult sons, Tom and David, one delightful daughter-in-law, Julie (David's wife), and three absolutely precious grandchildren: Scott, 9, Nathan, 6, and Alexa, 5.

Steve and Carol enjoy walking and riding bicycles. Both are avid readers, especially Bible study and non-fiction that draw them closer to God. Steve also enjoys working in the yard while Carol enjoys playing piano, writing, cooking, and sewing. They are the authors of two books, Bringing the Word to Your Family, and Knowing Him: A Study in Relationship. They are in the process of planting a family-integrated house church, Believers Fellowship.

Steve & Carol are the founders and directors of the Apostolic Home School Network.

Arthur & Julia Vanderhoff

Art & Julia VanderhoffArthur and Julia Vanderhoff are both graduates of Apostolic Bible Institute and have Associate degrees in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Julia served the faculty of ABI for two years after her graduation in 1978. Arthur began his studies at ABI in the fall of 1978. When he walked into Julia's class for the first time, the LORD spoke into his spirit that this was the woman he was to marry. And marry they did in May, 1980, beginning a life of team minitry. After Arthur's 1981 graduation, they assisted a home missionary in Iowa for a year before working as full-time evangelists for over twelve years, traveling to 30 different states and 2 Canadian provinces. During that time they spent one year working in a Christian School in San Diego, California where Arthur was administrator and Julia was a teacher. That was the only year their children were not home schooled.

They settled in Hartford City, Indiana where Arthur pastored for over twelve years. During this time, God expanded their ministry to home school families. In 2007 the Vanderhoff family moved to Greenwood, Indiana where, in 2009, they planted an elder-led, family-integrated house church, Apostolic Family Assembly. In 2008 Arthur & Julia assumed the directorship of the Home School Festival which the Ryersons founded.

Arthur & Julia are the blessed parents of four children: Arthur, who lives in Missouri with his wife, Christina, and their three children, Ruthanne, Elijah, and Caleb; Ben, Luke, and Emily. Emily has just completed her last year of home schooling. In addition to their own four children, the Vanderhoffs home schooled their nephew, Daniel Medrano for 5 years.

Arthur & Julia are part of the Network Advisory Committee.

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