David Watkins earned a BA degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982. He has pastored Heritage Baptist Church in Blaine, Minnesota, for 29 years. He and his wife Linda began home educating their eight children in 1986, just before the Minnesota homeschool law was passed by the legislature. David had been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of MÂCHÉ for seven years before becoming the Executive Director in 2011. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (NACHEL), which is a national organization that serves state and provincial homeschool leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. David and Linda see the eternal benefits of Christian home education and the importance of encouraging and equipping younger home educating families. Their desire is to mentor a second generation of homeschoolers who are willing to take the baton and run well. In his spare time, David enjoys hunting and playing with his twenty-three grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Jim and Ruth Brinker
Jim and Ruth live in the Twin Cities where they home educate their three daughters. They love homeschooling because it provides more time together as a family and the flexibility to educate their children as God leads them. The Brinkers enjoy traveling around the United States learning about history and geography and trying regional restaurants. Jim grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He is an account manager for an electronic distributor. In his spare time, Jim likes to cook, read, do household projects and volunteer in grassroots politics. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota. Besides being a homeschool mom, she loves volunteering with the girls’ activities and serving as a children’s ministry coordinator at their church. They are members of a local support group, Northern Lights Home School Association, where Ruth served previously as director. The Brinkers joined the MÂCHÉ Board of Directors in fall of 2009. They are excited for the opportunity that God has given them to serve other homeschoolers and learn from them. Jim and Ruth enjoy working with MÂCHÉ’s social media, commencement and support group encouragement.
Doyle and Amity Fritts
Doyle & Amity live in Ham Lake, Minnesota with their four children. After sending their two daughters to public school, they decided to bring them home to begin their homeschooling adventure, where they could learn together as a family and provide them with a Christian worldview. Homeschooling has allowed them the flexibility to teach according to the needs and interests of each of their children and tailor their learning experience to their specific gifts. In addition to homeschooling they enjoy travelling, camping, and boating - when schedules allow. Doyle works in the security software industry as a pre-sales engineer. Amity chose to leave the education workforce and apply her elementary education degree to teaching their children and others at their homeschool co-op. All of the family serves in their local church in a variety of ways including nursery, sound/tech, kids programs, and setup. They are the newest members of the MÂCHÉ board.
Kion and Eileen Hoffman
Kion and Eileen met in Bemidji, Minnesota, where they both attended Oak Hills Bible College and Bemidji State. Kion is a Family Practice Physician in Deer River, Minnesota. Eileen has a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Psychology.
When their first child was born in 1985, they began homeschooling and have homeschooled all five of their children through high school. In 1996, they helped start and lead the Pioneers Homeschool Support Group in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Kion and Eileen joined the MÂCHÉ Board of Directors in 2012, after serving as the Northeastern Minnesota Liaisons for five years. They have a passion for discipleship and the Word of God. Homeschooling is the natural outworking of that passion in their family. They desire to encourage the next generation of homeschoolers to make Jesus Christ the firm foundation of their families and their homeschools. They live in northern Minnesota and attend the Grace Bible Chapel in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Kion enjoys pheasant hunting and white water canoeing with their children; Eileen enjoys everything history, reading, and quilting. Their family is now entering its second generation of homeschooling.
Jim and Julie Walter
Jim and Julie Walter were introduced to home education in 1988. With the assistance of MÂCHÉ, they started their homeschool journey when their oldest child was four years old. Over the years, their eight oldest children have graduated from their private, independent homeschool and they anticipate their youngest to graduate in 2020 with this same educational choice. It is their desire to encourage and assist families that have chosen to home educate their children. They are board members in a homeschool support group (REACH) in the Moorhead, Minnesota, area. They were MÂCHÉ liaisons for the northwestern part of the state until they joined the MÂCHÉ Board of Directors in November of 2011. Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and has worked in the telecommunications field since his graduation. He has held the position of President/CEO of a telecommunications company in Moorhead since 1999. He also serves on several boards in the communications field. During the first five years of their marriage, Julie worked as a receptionist, secretary, and as a tutor for children in public school. When their first child was born, she chose to stay home and ran a home day care for five years.