David and Linda Watkins
David and Linda Watkins began home educating their eight children in 1986 and continue to be involved in home education circles even though their children have graduated. They have a deep desire to assist parents in strengthening their families and personal relationships with Jesus Christ through daily fellowship with the LORD and Scripturally-focused home education. They served on the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MÂCHÉ) Board of Directors for nine years, where David served as the chairman and Linda was the conference director. In 2012, they stepped off the board and David became MÂCHÉ's first executive director. Linda continues to serve as the conference director. In 2007, they began serving on the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (ALLIANCE) Board of Directors, where David serves on a committee for international homeschool relations and Linda edits the Communiqué, manages the Virtual Library, and oversees the Virtual Gift Basket project. David has pastored Baptist churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, and Minnesota since 1969. Six of their eight children are married. Eight of their fifteen grandchildren are of school age and are now being home educated. In addition to enjoying being with their growing family, David enjoys hunting and traveling while Linda enjoys sewing, quilting, and engaging in music.