JON and CANDY SUMMERS began their family covenant in 1978. Jon graduated from Ranken and worked as an electrician for 38 years. Candy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, received the second highest student teaching score, and was offered the school and grade of her choice from a local school district, but chose instead to homeschool their four children. Together, they have discipled their children since 1980.

 

Jon and Candy have faithfully honored God and served families in the homeschooling movement since 1987, as leaders of the North County Christian Homeschool Association from 1987 to 1998 and as leaders of Missouri’s Christian Home Educators Fellowship State organization from 1993 to the present.

 

They, along with their children, coordinate CHEF’S Annual State Conference and Curriculum Fair, which is considered by several national leaders to be one of the top two conferences in the country. Because of their vision, steadfast stand for righteousness, and in-depth Godly instruction, the conference draws families from all over America and other countries, as well. Their family also hosts statewide monthly meetings and family activities, a Father/Son retreat, Mother/Daughter Tea, Christmas Ball, Used Book Sale, and Graduation Ceremony.
 

In 1987, they also created There’s No Place Like Home, a business that publishes a newsletter which is emailed to thousands of homeschoolers across the country, a book, planner, and website by the same title: There’s No Place Like Home. Candy’s articles have been published in numerous national homeschooling publications including the book, Things We Wish We Had Known.

 

Together, Jon and Candy also co-author in-depth chronological Bible studies which Jon uses for his sermons for the church he pastors, the Lord’s Family Fellowship, a family integrated church dedicated to equipping generations of covenanted families. In 2003, men laid hands on Jon to establish and pastor this church. Jon had previously assisted in establishing another family integrated church for homeschooling families in 1990, as well.

 

In 2003, they began a family business, Summers on the Lawn, a complete lawn care and landscaping company, which involves their entire family in serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers, along with Home Owners Associations. Besides lawns and landscaping, this business also encompasses excavation, tree removal, stump grinding, construction of retaining walls and decks, installation of privacy fences, refinishing decks, cleaning gutters, roofing, siding, power washing, property management, general contracting, and most recently irrigation systems, brush hogging, cultivation of alfalfa for horse farms, baling hay, and snow plowing. Through this business, they continue to train young men to work hard, to be productive, and manage business, while helping some to start their own lawn and landscaping businesses.

 

Together, the family cares for Candy’s elderly parents and manages both their parent’s homes and their own homes. With the help of caregivers, they cared for Jon’s mother in 2005, and Candy’s parents from 2008 to the present.

 

In 2010, they set-up an organic produce, grass fed meats, and bulk order co-ops.

 

In 1982, Jon and Candy undertook the complete care of Candy’s parent’s 78 acres. In 1997 they purchased fifteen acres and a house next to Candy’s parent’s property in hopes of moving there and adding land for a farm. In 2012, the family acquired 78 acres, and in 2013 an additional 94 acres-their small beginning towards fulfilling their multigenerational plan for owning and operating thousands of acres for their children’s children. Future plans include raising and butchering grass fed beef, mutton, chicken, and pork, cultivating organic produce, operating a market, nursery, greenhouse, blacksmith shop for making specialized knives, gift shop, and lodge for conferences, overnight guests, and apprentices, while having plenty of room for each of their three children’s homes, their growing families, and a community of like minded homeschoolers with that little white steepled church on the hill.

 

Rather a tall order, but one that is conceivable for a multigenerational vision. Frankly, one of the blessings of living for their children’s children is the assurance that what they leave undone, their posterity will finish.  They just set the course and wait patiently for God to bring it all about in His timing to a thousand generations. 

 

Their family hopes to one day be able to say that the Summers Family Enterprises is a family owned and operated company, doing business in the same location for centuries-a community of multiple generations of the Summer’s family who continue to live and work on the family homestead.

 

When not working together, the family enjoys wonderful conversations over leisurely candlelight meals, reading books aloud, and playing games each evening. They love studying history and theology together. Their favorite time period is the Reformation and early American History. They also enjoy four wheeling, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, skiing, and scenic rides, traveling to America’s historic sites, and entertaining both intimate and large groups of families at home in the city and on their farm in the country.  

 

OUR VISION

 

Many years ago, God gave Candy and I a vision for our ministry in the homeschooling community, the one we adopted for our service to Christian Home Educators Fellowship: Leading with a Vision--Training Generations for God's Throne Room. In recent years, however, we have become deeply grieved over the condition of homeschooling, as an increasing number of parents have strayed from this vision by relinquishing their God-mandated responsibility to disciple their own families to learning centers and youth groups. As a matter of fact, we consistently discuss this departure from homeschooling with leaders across the country because we see it as a snare to lure parents away from their duties to raise children up in the admonition of the Lord. And sadly, like us, leaders nationwide are witnessing the detrimental effect this is having on their families and the entire homeschooling community. However, it is this generational vision that encourages us to contend earnestly for families' lives to be centered on God. Therefore, we pursue this course, which God has placed us on, with an invincible faith in God's grace and mercy that His purpose will be accomplished for His glory and pleasure, working hard to maintain an eternal vision, God’s vision, of families firmly planted together in His kingdom. 
 
Homeschooling is a way of life--God's divine covenantal plan for parents and children to be discipled by Him. It is not about academics; it is not about bringing school home; it is about being obedient to God and seeking Him first, because when we do this, everything else falls into place, and our children will stand before kings and lead God's people. Since 1987, we have imparted this life-changing message of God's generational vision for homeschooling families through messages on the magnificent authority of His Word and the great treasures that lie therein, the Hebrew method of education, biblical discipleship, the inestimable blessings of God, joyful and triumphant living, obedience unto death, suffering, God's grace, prayer, repentance, walking victoriously, marriage, training children, family worship, family economics, family businesses, family celebrations,  interior design, organic gardening, cooking, fine dining, family excursions, leadership, ideas on how to teach different subjects ... and all with this in mind-"So teach us to number our days that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom."


Believing that children are a gift from the Lord and that God commands parents to diligently teach their children, our mission is to encourage and equip generations of families to fulfill God’s commandment to train up godly children for His Throne Room.

 

"Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with  you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk honey. Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:1-9
   

"Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our father have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God." Psalm 78:1-8

 

The family is God’s strategy for victory, the very heart and soul of His covenant, the key to life, and the core to the Gospel. Parental discipleship, family economics, and family solidarity is what forged Christian civilizations and the bedrock on which they rest. And it is only our fidelity to God’s covenant that can alter our nation’s perilous course.

 

Our vision for taking dominion of our culture for God’s glory is to raise up godly generations that will fill the earth with God’s standards; generations who “know their father’s God and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind” (1 Chronicles 28:9); generations who fear the Lord and walk in all His ways, who love Him and serve Him with all their hearts and all their souls (Deuteronomy 10:12); faithful generations fearing God more than many (Nehemiah 7:2); generations anointed with the Spirit of the Lord (1 Samuel 16:13); generations who will be strong and courageous, careful to do according to all the law, not turning from right or left, whose Lord is with them wherever they go (Joshua 1:6-9); generations who show intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding, discerning knowledge, who have the ability to serve in the King’s court (Daniel 1); generations who will shepherd God’s people and rule (2 Samuel 5:2).

 

This vision is executed through our mission to equip and strengthen generations of families through life-transforming scriptural training. Besides our monthly teachings in our newsletters, and personal instruction at our meetings, we provide our families with the best nationally known speakers, and the finest educational materials available at our annual conferences, thus fulfilling our foremost commitment to glorify God by continuing to establish Christ as our foundation—the Creator of covenantal families.

 

We fervently pray that our continued labor towards our vision generates a revival among homeschooling families nationwide that will restore our Republic’s Christian foundation. God has chosen His people for such a time as this, to return to “the law and to the testimony” (Isaiah 8:20) for He has called us to “rebuild the ancient ruins, raise up the age-old foundations, repair the breech, and restore the paths” for future generations. (Isaiah 58:12)

 

In battle, the standard bearer raises the army’s banner to lead the soldiers, to remind them for whom they fight and whose honor they represent. Throughout history, the standard serves to define the battle and the men who valiantly struggle for the cause that they love.

 

Our hope is that our families will become the standard bearers for succeeding generations in the battle for God’s glory! That our families will forge ahead with the same vision, the same purpose, the same goals, as they work together to transform the culture for God’s glory. 

 

For you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9 a people called by Him to raise up godly generations for taking dominion of this earth for God’s glory. 

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

 

The following website is a partial compilation of our love letters to our homeschooling families taken from our newsletters and workshops from 1987 to the present. In these articles, Candy and I cast a multi-generational vision for family covenant, which encompasses family discipleship, family solidarity, family economics, and family business. We have written hundreds of additional articles, which we hope to put online sometime in the near future.

 

Please note that our articles are not in the order of when they were written, which could be confusing because of the changes in our children’s ages and our life’s circumstances. So keep in mind then that our first daughter was born in 1980, Sonia in 1988, Jedidiah in 1990, and Josiah in 1995.

 

There’s No Place Like Home represents what we hold most dear to our hearts, expressing our deepest feelings for our family while also representing all the time and work we have given to help families realize that truly There’s No Place Like Home. Godly homes are the only hope for this dying and desperate generation. God is calling His own home to be a separate and peculiar people, a people who love their Lord, their spouses, and their children- a people called out to live their lives for Him.

 

Presently, we are concentrating on the miraculous opportunities God is offering families with a vision, while also imparting practical, in-depth instruction on how to start and operate family businesses. So that instead of training your children for 18 years to help other men build their family dynasties, we will give you a vision, a hope, and a wealth of teaching to equip you to build your own family dynasty according to God’s covenant design, so that you can stand together at the gate and face your enemies with confidence of victory.

 

Years ago we read a very sad letter by a man lamenting his departure from his family, his home, and his father’s business to pursue a job working for another man. After years of investing in this stranger’s company, he realized that he had missed out on spending the best years of his life with his other family members who had remained working together for their father’s construction company. Sadly, not only had he missed out on this fellowship, but more importantly, he had set his children on a course that led them away from the biblical paradigm of family covenant. Naturally, they, too, left their family to pursue careers a long way from home.

 

To change this destructive course of missing out on life’s most valuable asset by investing all your time, labor, and monies in another man’s family dynasty, we desire to equip you to enrich your own life, and benefit your own posterity, by spending your time building your own family dynasty, where you have the time to forge intimate relationships with God and with one another. Where eating, reading, studying, worshipping, working, playing, fellowshipping, and ministering are all done together. Where you set your own goals, your own schedule, and your own hours. Where you love what you do because you have chosen what you love with those you love best. Where no limits are placed on success, other than how hard you are willing to work. Where you are building your own family’s wealth and legacy by using your gifts and talents to work for your family. Where you all forge ahead with the same vision, the same purpose, the same goals, as you work together to transform the culture for God’s glory. 

 

This is our family’s hope and prayer for your family and our family of families!

 

Jon and Candy