Atlanta, GA—Many of the most creative and influential voices for Christianity will be attending the International Christian Retail Show July 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. From pop culture personalities in music, television, and film to authors and the deepest minds in theology, apologetics, and social issues, these innovators will discuss latest works, current thought, and upcoming releases that will impact the culture and Christianity in years to come.
Although the ICRS exhibit floor is not open to the public, there will be public events on Sunday, such as the evening worship service and the Champions of the Faith concert and auction which will recognize top leaders in professional fields who daily live out their Christian faith. Additionally, opening Sunday is the three-day Celebrate the Word Bible Legacy Exhibit of historical Bibles and artifacts to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible translation.
New to the convention line-up is competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack, but never lost her faith. Her story and testimony are the focus of the feature film Soul Surfer which is now being released on DVD.
The Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, will perform music at the open-to-the-public Sunday, July 10 Worship Him service. The Duggars also will perform and sign autographs in the Town Center on the exhibit floor and be in the Spring Arbor Content Group exhibit booth during the show.
John Schneider (Bo Duke of The Dukes of Hazzard) stars in Doonby, the story of a mysterious drifter who makes himself indispensable to a small Texas town. The pro-life film features a cameo by Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. McCorvey later converted to Christianity. Schneider’s RV will be parked on the ICRS exhibit floor, and he will be available to discuss the film to be released later this year.
Committed, the six-man a capella group that won NBC-TV’s Season 2 of the hit series The Sing Off, will perform on the Town Center stage during ICRS. The Alabama-based group members expressed their faith and performed Gospel songs and favorite hits on the show.
The open-to-the-public Sunday evening service will feature Randy Frazee, who will speak from his latest work with Max Lucado, The Story¾an overarching multimedia epic of God’s story through time that’s still relevant today. Nicole C. Mullen will sing work from her upcoming worship album, Captivated, a homage to Jesus Christ’s majesty. Atlanta’s North Point Live also will lead Sunday worship.
Best-selling fiction author Karen Kingsbury will be announcing a contest to promote reading at ICRS. She also will receive one of the inaugural Champions of the Faith awards.
ICRS will host many other authors, artists, and church leaders. For more information, visit www.ChristianRetailShow.com.
About ICRS: Hosted by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, the International Christian Retail Show is the largest annual gathering of Christian authors, artists, pastors, and leaders. ICRS is a trade show for Christian-store retailers and publishers, producers, and distributors of Christian books, Bibles, music, films, DVDs, apparel, and other resources.
Open to journalists: ICRS provides excellent interview and story opportunities for media wanting to know what people will be talking about in the coming months. Many newspaper and magazine writers, as well as television and radio program personalities, come every year to conduct dozens of interviews in just a few days’ time or to scout for future guests and stories.
It is the only place you have the opportunity to interview these top authors and leaders in four days!
- George Barna (pollster and analyst)
- Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns NFL football rookie)
- Pat Williams (Orlando Magic basketball team’s senior vice president)
- Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages, on the NYT bestseller list for 188 weeks)
- Jim McBride (producer of Fireproof and the upcoming Courageous)
- Nicole C. Mullen (award-winning recording artist)
- Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick (popular Christian film producers)
As well as:
- Randy Alcorn
- Steve Arterburn
- Candace Cameron Bure
- Ray Comfort
- John Eldredge
- Pam Farrel
- Richard Foster
- Norman Geisler
- Ken Ham
- Mike Nawrocki
- Max Lucado
- Josh McDowell
- Dennis Rainey
Popular fiction authors:
- Terri Blackstock
- Wanda Brunstetter
- Melody Carlson
- Brandilyn Collins
- Dale Cramer
- Ted Dekker
- Liz Curtis Higgs
- Karen Kingsbury
- Tosca Lee
- Debbie Macomber
- DiAnn Mills
- Cynthia Ruchti
- … and many more.
Issues and Answers: Attending authors and artists will be addressing many issues and hot topics ranging from persecution of the church and the Middle East to sex trafficking and international adoption.
- Science and evolution
- Living debt free
- Expressing faith in an anti-God culture
- Poverty in the U.S.
- Islam in America
- Impact of stress on your life
- Segregation still alive in U.S. churches
- An insider’s look into the upcoming elections
- Human trafficking
- Rebuilding families after suicide
- Adult children still living at home
For ICRS schedules, event details, and a complete listing of authors and artists available for interviews visit www.ChristianRetailShow.com. Pre-registered media will receive updated lists leading up to the show. Working media may register online for free credentials by clicking here.
Free internet will be available in the Media Room during the convention. (Sponsored by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, distributed by Provident Films)