Heritage Communications of West Virginia.
John Carey – President
For 18 years, I have been serving Christian, legal, educational, and religious organizations at the West Virginia State Capitol. I have represented Christian Home Educators of West Virginia from 1999 to the present. Over the years, I have also represented the West Virginia Family Policy Council, West Virginians for Life, and the West Virginia Values Coalition, among others.
My work has enabled me to serve several evangelical denominations, such as the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, and legal firms, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association.
My efforts have advanced nine individual pieces of legislation through both the House and Senate. Five of these the Governor signed into law. One bill required the legislature to overriding the Governor's veto. I led a three-year effort which resulted in the first major restriction on abortion in the Mountain State in over 40 years, the Fetal Pain Bill.
I was awarded the West Virginia Family Policy Council’s Family Champion Award in 2014.
The Lord has taught me to, “Keep In step with His Spirit,” as I seek to, “Work together with Him,” in all that He has called for me to do at the State Capitol. He has also provided many wise like-minded friends in and out of government who have helped to guide and shape these efforts.
My Family – My Team!
My wife Edie and I have graduated four homeschooled children. Our entire family has worked as a team over the years supporting the passage of legislation by lobbying legislators, editing articles, updating webpages, and monitoring over 2000 pieces of legislation each regular legislative session. This has certainly been a family affair.
HSLDA and CHEWV - Working in Tandem.
Guided by the legal expertise and advice of Home School Legal Defense Association, Christian Home Educators of West Virginia has served as the catalyst to protect and advance freedoms for over two decades.
Hundreds of families from every county and region of West Virginia have mobilized to advance home schooling freedoms through the efforts of over 20 regional home school support groups located throughout the state. Families have been highly effective at making their legislators aware of their concerns, resulting in the advancement of religious freedom and parental rights.
Example of Deplorable Legislation from the 2018 session
The purpose of HB 2650 is to prevent a parent from providing professional counseling for a child struggling with homosexuality unless that counselling will encourage the child to identify as a homosexual.
Example of Deplorable Legislation from the 2017 session
This legislation defines Home Schoolng as a form of Child Abuse.