Summer Conference is our attempt to create the best week of your year! More than 2,700 students from 120+ colleges and universities gather on the beautiful white sand beaches of Northwest Florida for a week of maximum fun, deepened relationships, and biblical teaching on relevant, important topics for faith and life. Grab your friends and come join us to see for yourself!
Summer Conference 2022
Registration is Open!
Panama City Beach, FL
Summer Conference was the best week of my year every year. It was so much fun with friends… And SuCo gave me time without other interruptions to listen, learn, and consider what I believe about Jesus and why.Meredith
attended SuCo 4 Years
Week 1 Speaker
Rev. Chris Horne
Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Winston Salem, NC
Chris grew up in Middle Georgia and South Florida and came to faith in Jesus through RUF at Georgia Southern University. He worked with RUF at the Savannah College of Art and design where he met his wife, Sara. The Horne family served RUF at Appalachian State University before moving to Winston Salem to work at Redeemer. Chris loves music (especially Kendrick Lamar, Tori Amos and Otis Redding) and people (especially RUF students). The Horne family is thrilled to be back at SuCo!
Week 2 Speaker
Rev. Matt Howell
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Memphis
Matt grew up in Dallas, TX and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. After graduation, Matt served as an intern with RUF at LSU for two years where he 1) developed a heart for pastoral ministry and 2) met and married the RUF intern at Emory University, Kathryn, who grew up in Memphis. Because of Kathryn’s upbringing in the city, Memphis has been somewhat of a second home for Matt since 2005. “I am drawn to its robust culture, its beautiful (though broken) history, and the people who live there. After 11 years of being a campus minister with RUF at both Appalachian State University and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, I am thrilled to be counted among those who call Memphis home.” Matt loves levity and laughter (stand up comedy and parties), surprise and wonder (magic, pranks, and practical jokes), creation and celebration (drawing, music and cooking), and exploring and learning (hiking, a good podcast, and conversations). The Howells have 2 amazing children – Zoe Kate (born Sept of 2010) and Reid (born Dec of 2012).
Week 3 Speaker
Rev. Shawn Slate
pastor, redeemer church, knoxville, tn
Shawn Slate is a graduate of Clemson University (B.S. Biological Sciences) and received his M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary. He became a Christian through RUF at Clemson, and later served as the Youth Director at Clemson Presbyterian, Assistant Pastor at Covenant Church in St. Louis, RUF Campus Minister for 10 years at the University of Virginia and in 2015 he became the Pastor at Redeemer Church. He loves to play pickleball, paint, and ride his minivan throughout urban and university Knoxville.
Week 4 Speaker
Dr. Irwyn Ince
Dr. Irwyn L. Ince was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to Mr. Irwyn Ince Sr. and Mrs. Margaret Ince. In 1987 he met the former Ms. Kim Shepard-El. The two were married in 1992 and are the proud parents of four wonderful children and a beautiful, precious granddaughter. Following his graduation from City College of NY in Harlem with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, he began his professional career as a systems engineer and project engineering manager in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Dr. Ince sensed a call to ministry and earned his Masters degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC on a part-time basis while continuing his engineering career. Following his graduation in 2006 Dr. Ince helped plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church in Columbia, MD.
In 2016, he received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on Identity Formation in Diverse Churches. He firmly believes that the ministry of reconciliation demonstrated in the local church by the gathering of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities, is the natural outworking of a rich covenantal theological commitment. He made it his aim to share this vision through his role as Executive Director of ICCM. In 2021, the Permanent Committee of Mission to North America unanimously elected Dr. Ince to be MNA Coordinator.
In addition to his passion for his family and for ministry, Dr. Ince is gleefully committed to coffee and Kettlebells. When he’s not spending time with his family or preaching and teaching in the church, you can find him coaching classes at a local gym in DC.