Brief Introduction + History

WELCOME! To the OFFICIAL blog of the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center!

Since opening on October 30th of 2017 we have gone through MANY A CHANGE! It's exciting, overwhelming all in the same breath... also pretty hard to keep up with, so thank you to everyone who's extended a little extra grace during this journey! 

The purpose of our website has always been to educate and inform YOU about who and what we are at the FPHRC while, simultaneously, providing fun updates. The start has been a bit bumpy, but as we find our rhythm and delegate roles, things are leveling out. 

So let's start with a brief introduction and a little history: 

The Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center is a fruit of Firmly Planted Family (previously known as First Class Homeschool Ministries [FCHM]), a ministry founded by Jay and Heidi St John in 1999. FCHM started in Mt. Vernon, WA as a Co-op/ministry to Homeschooling families in Skagit County, WA. The purpose, heart and core of the Co-op model was to encourage families in the pursuit of family discipleship through community and relationship.

What began in a local Church as a small Homeschool Co-op (commonly known as Friday School) quickly grew and spread to other Churches, Counties, States and eventually became international. As the ministry grew (and the homeschool community in the United States) the Lord called the St. John family to the Vancouver/Portland metro area and over the next 18 years, would take what started as First Class Homeschool Ministries, on a journey to becoming Firmly Planted Family*.

The years following would not be without it's challenges and the LORD would continue to prove Himself Faithful, accomplishing His purpose. Firmly Planted Family has since produced Firmly Planted Family Bible Study Curriculum, a study for families of ALL ages to study God's Word together, k-12. The Lord began to stir a vision over the years of a full-time, Christ-centered, education center located in Vancouver, WA. Through prayer and action, He is accomplishing His purpose! 

The core of Firmly Planted Family has been and continues to be family discipleship. We believe in the Biblical Family model where parents disciple and raise their children to love and follow Jesus. We also believe in community, Church-comaradarie, learning that's fun, coffee, music, dancing, movies, encouragement, workshops, bookstores and the study of life! Why not cram that all into one big building and call it Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center?? 

With the Lord's vision, guidance, lots of prayer and faith–The Lord has faithfully provided. 

The FPHRC is the answer to years of faith, obedience, trial and error and PRAYER

And so, we press forward. We believe the Center is HIStory in the making and the product of many, many prayers answered. We continue to pray the Lord's favor and blessing over our growing tribe of FPHRC members, volunteers and staff. We are excited about the fruit we have seen since receiving the keys October 1st, 2017 and look forward to what's to come!! 

Come join us! Come be a part of what the Lord is doing. Find encouragement. Support. Resources. Education and Christ-centered Truth in the midst of a seeking world. 

*Firmly Planted Family found it's name a few short years after Jay + Heidi's vision of a large oak tree... bringing them to Psalm 1:3:

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

All praise and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 


First Class Homeschool Ministries 2006

First Class Homeschool Ministries 2006

Firmly Planted Family 2018

Firmly Planted Family 2018

Jay and Heidi St John // FPHRC Founders 

Jay and Heidi St John // FPHRC Founders