Archives for 2011

Resolved to Start Off Right

One of the most successful clubs in the nation, RESOLVE in Colorado Springs, is led by Training Minds Coach Larry Sparks. His initial showing for the year was strong! His club kicked things off with a small debate and speech round robin. Three of the speech categories were qualifiers to Stoa NITOC. Of the top […]

New Website for a New Year

Training Minds Ministry launched a new website December 18, 2011. It’s design isn’t too much different than the old one, but the functionality should do much to serve speech and debate enthusiasts. Changes include… Cool featured article images on front page Scrolling testimonials from years’ past Easy donation box for your continued support Super easy […]

Out of the Gate

We know it’s early, but we are very impressed with how we’ve done so far. Out of the top 10 speakers and debaters on the front page of SpeechRanks, 1/2 of the competitors are Training Minds Alumni. Congratulations: Brandon Yeates, Cheyanne Ossen, Benjamin Griffith, Tony Mirasola, and Isaac Sommers!

Early Tournament in Indiana

Top-performers for the Indiana Crossroads Cup were 2011 Training Minds Camp alumni. First Place Team-Policy Caleb Harmon (with partner Graham Deese) and 1st Place Lincoln-Douglas Debate Rebekah Gudeman. Emailed from Mrs. Gudeman, “So very thankful for Training Minds and their wonderful instructors!!” And we are so very proud of the students!

Estes Park 2011

Training Minds Ministry’s 10th Anniversary Camp in Estes Park was incredible. Dare we call it perfect? The coaching, the students, the parents, even the weather left little to desire. Monument Publishing is busily putting together CD & DVD sets called “Training Minds Camp Workshop Series.” Over 100 hours of teaching material has been captured and is […]

Estes Park 2011

“I had a great experience with Training Minds Camp. All the coaches helped me so much. I loved it, and I hope to come again.” –Grant Garcia, California

Matthew Baker

Matt has been the head of Blue Book Advanced as its lead editor. In his high school days, he competed in NCFCA’s Region 8 for 3 years. During that time, he qualified for nationals in team debate 3 times and won 2nd place team at the National Tournament in both the 2003-2004 and the 2004-2005 […]

Ken Davis (2011)

Dynamic Communicators Workshops Best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country’s most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers — Ken’s mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. His books have received national critical acclaim, including the “Book of the Year” award and the Gold Medallion […]

Cody Herche

Debate (both TP and LD), Extemp, Cross-examination Cody Herche is originally from California where he competed in forensics throughout high school. He has worked as a coach with Training Minds Ministry since 2006. Cody is a graduate of Cornell Law School and is currently practicing law in New York. Published Works Keys to Extemp (2008) […]

Chase Harrington

Stoa Hall of Famer, Chase Harrington competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate for all four years of high school. Notable forensic accomplishments are winning the title of LD champion three times during the 09-10 season (one being the largest homeschool debate tournament on record), participating at two National tournaments, winning the 2010 Stoa national championship, and winning […]

Matthew Mittelberg

Debate, Platforms From the moment he began debating, Matthew Mittelberg was hooked. Matthew competed in team-policy debate for three years in California in both NCFCA and Stoa. During that time he had a leadership role in the Apollos debate club in Orange County. In 2010 Matthew moved with his family to Colorado and continued his […]

Kaitlin Nelson

Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Team-Policy Debate Kaitlin participated in NCFCA for five years and Stoa in her final year of debate. She debated in Lincoln-Douglas for three years and explored Team-Policy in her senior year. Additionally, she has competed in nine out of the ten speech events. She took 7th place at the 2009 national tournament in […]

Rob Parks

Team-Policy Debate Coach Parks captained his High School NFL debate team from 1978-1981. A graduate of Bowdoin College and University of New Hampshire Law School, Captain Parks served as an Air Force JAG officer for 5 years before starting his own private practice in North Carolina specializing in arguing criminal cases before appellate courts. During […]

Vance Trefethen

Research Camp, Team-Policy Debate, Author of Blue Book Cases Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. After college, he moved around the country for various jobs, including some time with the Defense Department in the Washington, […]

Mark Mittelberg (2010)

Best-selling Author & Apologist Mark Mittelberg teaching at Training Minds Ministry in 2010. Mark Mittelberg is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker. His newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, is one of the two main resources covered in this year’s Silver Book Curriculum. The book deals with the ten issues believers […]

Shane Baumgardner

Impromptu, Extemp, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Team-Policy Debate Shane Baumgardner competed for 4 years in the NCFCA and won numerous awards. He is the 2009 and 2010 National Champion in impromptu speaking, as well as being the 2009 National Champion in extemporaneous speaking. He also placed 6th in LD at the 2009 National Championships and 3rd in […]

Champion Coaching Next Door

The Ironman Curriculum is a complete curriculum for students eager to compete next year. The nation’s best coaches wrote the curriculum with novice clubs in mind: to help clubs “train minds for action.” Clubs or individual students who adopt the Ironman Curriculum will receive the basics in all 10 speech events and either Team-Policy or […]

Luis Garcia

Apologetics, Platforms, Impromptu, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Born and raised in Southern California, Luis Garcia pursued high school forensics as a founding member of the speech and debate club Set Apart. Luis has cherished every moment of seeing God’s Awesome Hand at work throughout his three years of competition. Specifically, he praises God for the passion God […]

Travis Herche

Interp, Debate, Author of Keys to Interp Travis Herche shares ten years of experience in speech and debate, including two entries in the NCFCA Hall of Fame. Travis was a Dramatic Interpretation national champion in 2006; in the following years he became the English-speaking world’s leading expert in high school interpretation. His book Keys to […]

Chris Jeub

President, Training Minds Ministry Coach Jeub is president of Training Minds Ministry and owner of Monument Publishing. He co-authors Blue Book every year with one of the leading voices of team-policy debate, Vance Trefethen. He works with coaches from across the country to bring the best products possible into the hands of young debaters. Mr. […]