Family Economics is not just a theoretical concept – it’s a practical reality for many families around the country. The families below on this list have profitable, productive family economies. Their work is integrated into family life and discipleship, and they have enjoyed the freedom and relationships that household-based business can produce. Many of these families have been able to mentor other families/individuals in their local area as well.
Do you know a family that has a household-based economy that we can highlight? Contact Us and give us more information so we can connect with them.
Want to hear from some of these families?
Listen to Kevin Swanson interview many of these families on the Generations Radio program:
Rex Allison Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Craig Bowen Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Mike Chapa Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Mike Cheney Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Scott Davidson Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Tim Leanord Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Steve Maxwell Family: Click here to listen to the program.
James McDonald Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Jim Miller Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Jeff Moore Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Noah Sanders Family: Click here to listen to the program.
Want to hear some business ideas?
Find a compilation of some of the business ideas any family can undertake by downloading this pdf.
This is Zadok.
Zadok is a ripe six years old.
As a five year old, Zadok decided he wanted to own his own backhoe company. But like all good business men, he knows you don’t get there overnight. So he started a little more simple: making potholders to sell to earn money to buy a lawn mower to earn money to one day buy a backhoe. He worked very hard to make his potholders, then selling the potholders. After selling to family and family friends, Zadok went to work with his daddy to expand his clientele. He even got an opportunity to meet Mr. Dave Tucker at the 2013 Family Economics conference in St. Louis, MO and converse with him at length about his potholder business, mowing lawns, and dreams to own a backhoe company.
After lots of hard work, he had earned enough money to purchase the lawn mower he wanted, with money left over to invest in a second lawn mower for his cousin to join the business! With just a few weeks left in the mowing season, he began his apprenticeship with his daddy. This coming summer he will apprentice with his grandpa who lives across the street and has a very small lawn business. To cover the cost of his gasoline for the first few lawns, he worked this winter to scrape ice off of driveways. He enjoys good hard manual labor and having “business meetings” with Daddy.
Zadok loves listening to the Family Economics conference recordings as he hears men discuss his business dreams. This is just one of many stories of how Christian families are learning to build their family economies and being encouraged by the Family Economics Conferences. Join them now!
Meet the Families…
The Alexander family has truly diversified in agriculture and land-based business endeavors. Natural eggs, grass-fed poultry, pork, seasonal produce, milk, tractor services, peanuts, and real estate service — the 8 member Alexander family has found plenty of business endeavors to remain busy and productive.
Rex and Dawn Allison live in Bend, Oregon with their seven children. For the past 13 years, they have owned and operated Allison Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, as well as pursuing other business ventures including commercial and residential rental properties, the family band and film production. The Allison Family Band performs for various events and has recently
completed their second recording. Under daughter Hannah’s direction, they are in post-production for the documentary,
Labeled. Rex and Dawn have encouraged their children from early age in various entrepreneurial endeavors.
Scott is a homeschool father of 4 children and lives in Pella, Iowa. After working in corporate financial management for many years, Scott started a small company consulting entrepreneurs and small businesses. Having consulted over 50 independent business owners, he speaks with experience on many practical business issues like managing cashflow, business planning, salvaging distressed businesses, capitalization, and more. As a speaker, Scott’s passion and goal is to train families to build successful businesses.
Craig and Theresa Bowen are the founders of A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network, a growing worldwide network of Christian households opening their homes to one another and delighting in hospitality. Through A Candle in the Window, the Bowen Family has strengthened their own family economy, and they hope to encourage others to do the same through the blessing of hospitality. Craig, a pastor, and Theresa, a homemaker and
homeschool mom, reside in FL with their five children.
A retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, Mike Chapa transitioned his family from life in the military to an integrated blend of entrepreneurial endeavors, including consulting, non-profit ministry work, vinyl lettering creations, and IT/programming work. Mike and his wife, Tonya, live with their six children in the Black Forest of Colorado.
The Cheney family believes in developing multiple streams of income to keep their family economy strong and able to weather economic difficulties for present and future needs. All of their core businesses-including media, real estate, farm fresh products, home appliances, and kitchen tools-are run out of their home in Elizabeth, CO. Mike is also the current director for the national AME Program (Apprenticeship, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship). 20-year-old Corey Cheney owns and manages a video production company based in Colorado: Provident Media Group
Since the early 90’s the Courter household has focused on encouraging family economics, family-centered ministry and discipling men. By 1995 Anthony completed part of his vision by establishing enough passive income to freely give half of his year to others. Purchasing SolarPathfinder in 2003, his desire was to show his children how to purchase a business and build systems within the business for passive income. Today he focuses much of his time on key topics such as “What Is Money?” and “Building Business Models for Passive Income,” and “Why Have a Family-Based Business?”
Shaun Curtain has been a firearm instructor for 20+ years. Shaun started Firearm Training NW in 2010 as a
family integrated business. FTNW offers NRA instructor certifications and training for concealed carry permits. Shaun
and Connie have 6 children who help in the family business.
After a major life paradigm shift in 2004, Scott and Andie took the leap to develop a home-based economy that would allow more freedom for family discipleship by opening an upholstery shop. Since then, they have ventured into many other family-based businesses, some of which are run by their children, such as dog breeding, bread sales, woodworking, and most recently, a website offering downloadable Bible studies and resources for children, QuietTimesforKids.com.
Roger currently serves as the pastor of Christ’s Church in Illinois, and has formerly held positions as a project engineer and a tool and die designer. His family of eight children and eleven grandchildren are involved in several ministries, including Liberty Day Conference and Celebration and ministering to Roger’s parents who have both suffered from Alzheimer’s recently.
Having worked for himself since his early 20s, Paul has excelled as an entrepreneur working within the home improvement industry, as well as a short stint in the financial industry and real estate. Paul has learned some very hard lessons about investing and found much of his wealth depleted through a variety of ways that God chose to use. Since then, he has turned several small or
failing companies into successes, and currently owns and operates a local company in South Carolina.
Adam Hall is the founder of a CPA firm with 18 years of serving the accounting, tax, and consulting needs of business clients. Adam has a passion for assisting Christian business owners to improve their businesses through implementation of biblical business principles. Adam and his wife Terrah have been married for 16 years and live in Stedman, NC with their seven children.
Carmon with his wife, April, and their two children live off-grid in the back country of central Idaho. A former mortician, Carmon took his wife’s sewing hobby and developed a small but sustainable niche online business selling parts for one vintage Singer Sewing Machine model – the Singer Featherweight. By God’s grace, homeschooling and working together as a family has been a blessed new adventure these last few years.
The Steve Maxwell family, Titus2.com, has started numerous family-based businesses including publishing, mentor-guided online learning (ITonRamp.com), and retail sales, meanwhile speaking as a family on issues like time management, chores, keeping children’s hearts, preparing sons, and more. Steve and Teri’s two oldest sons have purchased homes debt-free before marriage. The Maxwells have eight children and live in Kansas.
James McDonald, husband, father of ten, and grandfather of two, serves as pastor of Providence Church in Morton, IL. James has served as a design engineer, operations planner, global marketing director, and a publisher, but his true love is preaching God’s Word and ministering to God’s people.
For the last 20 years, Bill and Julie Michener have operated a small commercial tree fruit farm in the Yakima Valley. In 2009, the Micheners, with the help of their children, expanded their operation to include retail and u-pick sales with large festivals. Bill and Julie have been married for 27 years and have nine children and two grandchildren.
Alex and Cassie Michael are known as “The Thrifty Couple” and are the founders and operators of TheThriftyCouple.com – a website dedicated to assisting families in making the most of their household budget. Whether you make $10K per year or $100K, the Thrifty Couple are sure to help you make the most of it! After recovering from over $100K in consumer debt (not including their home) the Michaels family are now full time in their family-based endeavor to help other families steward the finances God gives them. The Michaels homeschool their 5 children in Utah.
Chris and Mary Miller raised (and are raising!) their seven children on their farm in Illinois. They have worked the business as a family, maintaining their 1,000 acre farm and a Registered Angus herd since 1976. They live under the simple philosophy of working, serving, and suffering with a great attitude.
The Miller family has leveraged their knowledge of construction and the HVAC industry to create a family business neatly woven into the dynamic of family life. Golden Rule Air Conditioning and Heating involves whole families in their work. Their business allows the Millers to build relationships with others in their community in a mentoring and serving format.
The Moore family is a bustling source of productivity. With various businesses including sales, film production and consulting, the entire Moore family has plenty to do in a day. And amidst the busyness, for the last couple decades Jeff Moore has been diligent to integrate the discipleship and training of hundreds of other men into his daily life.
Bill Roach has served as the Chairman of Generations with Vision since its founding. Bill’s son Chad is a serial entrepreneur who has started companies in various fields including precious metals, credit card processing & merchant services, venture capital, and alternative asset investments. In 2008, Chad founded Cornerstone Bullion, which is now one of America’s fastest growing dealers in gold and silver bullion with hundreds of clients around the world. Management of these business endeavors is based in the home and are projects of the entire household that all 7 members engage in.
Noah lives with his wife and son near extended family in central Alabama where he farms, producing chickens, eggs, vegetables, honey, milk, and fruit that feed his family and community. He authored his new book, Born-Again Dirt, Farming to the Glory of God, and encourages Christian farmers through his blog, www.redeemingthedirt.com.
David and Esther Seppi have seven children. The family designed a home out in country and spent seven years building it on a ten acre parcel. Lance and Victor started beekeeping with four hives when they were 14 and 10. David invested in the business from his teaching salary, and he is now retired and working full time along side his sons and Dinah. The ladies of the house help by building boxes, “making queens,” extracting honey, doing bookkeeping, drawing plans, ordering materials and much more! The family is now busy as bees year round.
Wendell Sip lives in Northwestern Minnesota where he farms with his wife Beth, and their seven children. From the early age of 12, when his father died unexpectedly, he has experienced the various challenges and stress of starting his own business. From ﬁnancial decisions to training his own children to be independent operators, he has trusted God to guide and direct his steps in business and life.
Nathan started his first business at the age of 15. Owner and founder of ZipLineGear.com, he used to balance math homework with customer service. Now, at 22, he has nine full time employees and runs three companies. His work in both e-commerce and retail give him experience from the local to the international level. He and his wife live in Oregon with their two children.
As an entrepreneur gifted in marketing and business development, Aaron Voorhees has been involved in multiple successful business startups. A fourth-generation builder and businessman, Aaron now leads his family in the operation of several business ventures including ASLAN Corporation (a multi-faceted design/construction company), car washes, pet washes, and the most recent venture, ColoradoFireBreak, designing mitigation systems to protect homes, property and possession from wildfires.