About Us

What is Mars Hill?

We are a parent-led, Speech and Debate club for Christian Homeschoolers who are between the ages of 12 and 18. (click for the legal definition of homeschooling) We are a part of the national homeschool Speech and Debate league called Stoa.

The benefits of Speech and Debate are innumerable! We offer opportunities to learn various Speech events and Debate styles like Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Parliamentary debate through parent-led coaching and competitive tournaments. In addition to developing their rhetoric and research skills, students also grow their faith, character and develop strong friendships.

Our name is found in the Bible (The Book of Acts, Chapter 17). Mars Hill was an important meeting place where philosophy, religion, and law were discussed in New Testament times. At Mars Hill, the Apostle Paul spoke to the citizens of Greece about the One true God, the Creator of the universe, His love for humanity and His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.

Paul’s sermon is a classic example of a gospel presentation that begins where the listeners are and then presents the gospel message in a logical and biblical fashion.

Our vision is to encourage and equip students to become effective communicators of the truth, defenders of the faith, and a transforming influence on our culture. Soli Deo Gloria !

Below you can watch a sample of the speeches our students put together each year.

Meeting Schedule & Location

We meet on Mondays (August 29- end of April) at 5:00 pm.

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Apologetics Class (optional, highly recommended)

5:00 - 5:20 p.m. Announcements and Devotional

5:25 - 6:45 p.m. Speech Coaching

6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner Break

7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Debate Coaching

Our meeting location is First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills:

10215 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

"In Messiah you were enriched in all

Speech and Knowledge,

so that you are not lacking in any gift."

~1 Corinthians 1:4-7

Mark Your Calendars!

August 1-6, 2022

Steve Vaughan of Monument Publishing is bringing his speech and debate camp to us! Two days of speech training, two days of TP and LD debate, and two days of practice rounds will be held in Fountain Hills for anyone who wants to attend. Choose speech, debate, or both! Click here for details and to register.

Parents can drop off students or attend for free!

August 22-27, 2022

National Institute of Homeschool Debate invites you to join their 2022 NIHD Summer Camp. Students will spend a week at the Thousand Pines Christian Camp in the San Bernadino Mountains of California, learning speech and debate skills, including Lincoln-Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary debate. Taught by Griffith Vertican and other Stoa Alumni, this camp combines the worship and devotion of a Christian camp atmosphere with instruction and practice in public speaking and debate. Click here for details.

Our Fall tournament, Cactus Clash, is scheduled for October 27-29, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills, AZ.

Check back for the date of our 2023 Spring tournament, Camelback Classic.

Contact us

EMAIL: mhsdaz@gmail.com

Lori Floyd, Mars Hill Board Member

Registration and Communications