Get Empowered June 24–28, 2024

For over 25 years, the Institute for Cultural Communicators has been helping students and leaders around the globe get ready to speak. You too can start empowering the next generation at iCON!

Our international convention allows you to engage with real-world issues affecting your children today.

Join fellow Jesus-followers – parents and students, teachers and learners – as we dive deep into interactive, high-energy, engaging
learning environments.

Should I Attend iCON?

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iCON is for you if you:

  • Want to nurture your students to make a difference for Christ
  • Strive to coach public speaking well
  • Need life-giving community for you and your kids
  • Desire inspiration from experienced educators, parents, and leaders
  • Have kids who need a highly-fun week of mentoring and engagement
  • Are eager to know what’s most important for today’s students

The inspiration, innovation, and influence of iCON is something your whole family will enjoy! Check out our tracks available for both students and adults.

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2024 Guest Speakers

Ruth Malhotra

Ruth Malhotra is the daughter of Indian immigrants who is passionate about helping Christians communicate truth with clarity and grace. Her career in public relations and communications have offered her platforms to focus on religious liberty, free speech, pro-life efforts, and higher education reform.

Ruth learned herself what it means to be “ready to speak” while working as Ravi Zacharias’s spokesperson when abuse allegations were first made against the apologist. The revelations began a journey that would take her from spokesperson to whistleblower to advocate.

For over 15 years, Ruth education in international affairs and public policy has empowered her to help Christians effectively cultivate and steward influence in the public square – in several U.S. presidential campaigns, with organizations like First Baptist Church Atlanta’s Global Missions Ministry, and in her current role, Manager for Strategic Partnerships at Blue Trust. 

Kevin Thumpston

We’re thrilled to have Kevin Thumpston, the founding and lead pastor of Watershed Fellowship in Lexington, South Carolina, join us in worship at iCON. Kevin  is the author of two books: Plunder: Unearthing Truth for Marketplace and Ministry Leadership (2002) and Questions of the Heart: Leaning In, Listening For, and Loving Well For True Identity in Christ (2020). 

Pastor Thumpston met Jesus (and also his wife, Andrea) while studying at the University of South Carolina. He continued his education at Covenant Theological Seminary. He has served as a youth pastor, an EM at a Korean Church, and has a rich history of church planting. Kevin and Andrea homeschooled their three (now adult) children: Andrew, Ally, and Emma.

Joshua Boulden

Josh Boulden is a professional actor, acting coach, and fight choreographer from Annapolis, MD. He trained at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University in D.C. and at Sight & Sound Theatres’ Performing Arts Conservatory in Lancaster, PA.

He’s been in the industry for over 10 years and is blessed to be in his sixth season as an actor at Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson, Missouri. In MO, he has also served as a board member of the  Branson Regional Arts Council and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Josh currently is portraying Haman in the Sight & Sound Theater’s production of Esther. He also directs and coaches the Institute for Cultural Communicators’ Student Ambassador teams — having been an ICC Ambassador himself in 2011.

Louise Ruff

Louise Ruff is an ICC graduate who served as a 2022 ICC Ambassador and as a 2023 Intern Liaison. She has traveled globally to lead teams in creating and hosting Communicators for Christ conferences. 

She currently works with Varna International, an arts management organization, where she coordinates the tour logistics for their music festivals and academy in South Carolina and Italy. She is also the emcee for the festival in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

As an alumna of the Institute, Louise proactively returns to mentor other students, inspiring them to understand that their voice matters. The Institute has always been a safe place for her to share her ideas and her voice, and she aspires to empower others to do the same.