Ruth Chou and Troy Simons

Convention Keynotes

Ruth Chou Simons is a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author of several books, including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and When Strivings Cease. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Through her online shop at and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—her “man-cubs”–who provide her greatest adventure.

Troy Simons is a father to six boys and husband to author and speaker Ruth Chou Simons. He has an abiding passion for God’s Word and for discipling the next generation to live for Christ. After two decades of investing in full-time pastoral ministry, preaching, church planting, co-founding a classical school, where he served as headmaster, Troy now works alongside Ruth in their ministry and business, serving as the COO of GraceLaced. Troy is an avid outdoorsman, philosopher, classical music enthusiast, word nerd, and teacher.

Ruth Chou & Troy Simons

Ruth Chou Simons


FOUNDATIONS Book and FOUNDATIONS Podcast by Ruth and Troy Simons.

“Foundations will help you direct your family one day at a time as you explore 12 key truths that will help connect your children’s hearts—and yours—to the heart of God. With a simple, chapter-a-day format that includes Scripture, devotional thoughts, meditations, and discussion questions, this book will guide you in leading your family.” – THE SIMONS FAMILY.

Discover this and more through their website, RuthandTroy.

Book Signing Opportunity

Grab one of her books and greet Ruth at the signing table! Make sure to set aside some extra time for her book signing event at the convention.

Books and Resources from Ruth Chou Simons.



When Strivings Cease

Beholding and Becoming

Foundations (with Troy Simons)


Fields Of Joy

Garden Of Truth

Truthfilled Bible Study 

Truthfilled For Teens

Planners, Journals, Guided Companions, Notebooks , and more also available GraceLaced.

ruth Simons Book


Friday 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Ballroom  B-21

Family Discipleship 101
A conversation with Ruth and Troy Simons

Ruth and Troy, the parents of six boys and authors of Foundations, will unpack the biblical truths you should focus on and the practical rhythms that will help your family thrive!

Mom-talk with Ginny and Ruth

Saturday, Session 5 ~ 1:30 p.m. E-10

Ruth Chou Simons and Ginny Yurich. Moderated by Sandra Kim.

Do you ever feel like a frazzled ring leader in a circus? A circus where the acrobats are performing on your “nice” furniture, the lions are your children, and the adventures, or misadventures, never cease? Come listen in as Sandra Kim joins Ginny Yurich and Ruth Chou Simons to reflect on everything from the joy in small moments to the deeper challenges each mother faces. From light-hearted laughter to our deepest fears and concerns, join these very real moms for a time of encouragement and tender conversation.


Friday, Session 1 ~ 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. E-22 A

Conversations: Homeschool Dads’ Perspectives ~ Paul Hastings, Israel Wayne, & Troy Simons

How has the role of fathers changed within the family? In American media, the role of a dad has been often marginalized, leaving some wondering what dads have to contribute to the family. This is especially relevant in the busy hustle and bustle of a homeschool family, where mom often leads the charge. Do dads really have an impact today? (Spoiler alert: of course they do!) Join homeschool dads Paul Hastings, Troy Simons, and Israel Wayne as they discuss the vital impact fathers have in forging unity and relationships within the family.

Saturday, Session 5 ~ 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. E-11 B

The Power of Imagination: Developing a Christian Worldview

With so many distractions vying for our kids’ attention, this workshop will explore how imagination serves as a powerful tool to meet them at the intersection between intellect and emotion.