We are committed to empowering students, parents and teachers to pursue education within a broad Christian framework.


a biblical world view

Firmly Planted is a Christian ministry. All classes will begin with a foundation that assumes a biblical worldview, including science. Our beliefs are comprised of Scripture-based convictions about the nature of creation. For example, we believe that

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it; the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

“For in him [that is, Christ,] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible...all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

The way in which we teach our students about the creation will always point them toward the Creator, but we will not require that teachers teach from strictly Christian curriclua. Instead, we ask that they approach their class from a biblical worldview.




Jay + Heidi

Jay + Heidi St John
Founders, Diretors

Jay and Heidi St. John are the heart and soul behind the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center. The St. Johns have been serving the homeschool community for over fifteen years and are the also the founders of First Class Homeschool Co-ops. Jay and Heidi bring over 20 years of homeschooling and pastoral experience to the HRC. They have a passion to encourage and equip parents. 

For more on the St. Johns, please visit firmlyplantedfamily.org — or to find out about Heidi's ministry to moms, check her out here on Facebook at Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom or heidistjohn.com 

Heidi's newest book, "Becoming MomStrong" releases in bookstores everywhere on September 19th!

Joel + Roxanna Thomas
Science Directors + Project Manager

These two have a heart for the Lord, His Creation, His people and LEARNING! Our very own Marine Biologists and hard working, fun, silly, can-do, know-how, bring-it-on project managers! Whether it's Marine Biology, arts + crafts, fun + games or Resource Center projects, you'll see Joel and Roxy throughout the Center always up to something exciting! We are thrilled to have them on our team! 


Nancy Hill
Administrator, Co-Director

Got questions about the new resource center? Meet Nancy! She is an Administrator for the Center and is working on every aspect of it, from procuring classes to answering membership questions! She's your girl. 


Jerry St John
Office Manager

Meet our Office Manager, Jerry St. John! Loving mother to our founder, Jay St. John, also a grandmother and great-grandmother, Jerry is excited to be the welcoming face you come to every time you enter the Center. She has a passion for  the Lord and serving others. With 40 years of office management experience, and a love for families, she is perfect for the role!

She is  excited to welcome you this fall!


Bethany Howard

Bethany is our can-do-solve-all-the-problems lady! In addition to mothering and homeschooling her 5 children, she side-kicks Carol VanBoxtel in Class Coordinating, is the co-director of The Raft Coffeehouse and assists in family service, keeping everyone at the Center sane and level-headed! She's a people loving, Jesus serving, joy filled, vision casting wonder and a huge blessing to the Firmly Planted Resource Center team!

Savannah Bates
Coordinator, Seedlings Director

Have questions about teaching? Membership? Our Seedlings™ Program? "What even is this??" Meet SAVANNAH, our coordinator! Savannah is a Homeschool graduate, wife to Ryan, mother to Noah and Wesley and daughter to Jay and Heidi St. John. She has a heart for the Lord, ministry, encouraging others and now... making this Resource Center run like a well oiled machine! 

She also serves as Director of the Seedlings Program. Have kiddos 5 years old and younger? Talk to Savannah! She'll hook you up.


Sierra St John
Marketer, The Raft Coffee, Admin.

Sierra has been dubbed the "all the things" girl, simply because... she does all the things. Our Marketer and Designer, Sierra helps with all things products and administration in the family ministries, runs this website, The Raft coffeehouse, the Children's Ministry at Radiant Church and helps keep the Center afloat alongside the FPHRC crew. Coffee in hand and Jesus at her side, she is unstoppable! 


Associates & Staff

Nancy Hill
Administrator, Co-Director, Headwaters Bookstore Director

Jerry St John
Office Manager

Sierra St John
Designer, Communications Director, The Raft Founder

Savannah Bates
Seedlings Director

Jay St John
Tech Man / Jack of all trades

Bethany Howard
Membership Coordinator
Database Co-Director
The Raft Co-Founder

Carol VanBoxtel
Membership Coordinator
Database Director




Joel + Roxanna Thomas
Science Directors

Anamaria Micu
Music Director

Melanie Neal
Art Director


Laurie Ewert
Social Media