Liberty District Conference

Sep 30 - Oct 2
Canadensis, Pennsylvania
Spruce Lake


The Liberty District Conference offers an all-inclusive getaway at Spruce Lake in Pennsylvania again this year. You won’t want your team to miss this event, jam-packed with education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district. What a fantastic way to invest in your staff members!

This event is intentionally loaded with opportunities to build relationships and to foster learning among your team, as well as with others in similar roles facing similar challenges in their work. Because this event takes place within your district, many employees who can’t attend Citygate Network’s Annual Conference can benefit from interaction and education pertinent to them.



Jane Bradbury is an actress and writer, known for Perfect Stranger, Meet Dave, and Elf. She and her husband, Todd Komanarki, are devoted followers of Jesus and continue to be salt in light in the film industry.


Todd Komarnicki is a successful Hollywood film producer, having written and produced films such as Elf and Sully. He is passionate about Jesus, passionate about the poor, and a great storyteller.


Craig Mayes is chief spiritual formation officer at Bowery Mission in New York City. He spent eight years as professor in counseling/psychology and 18 years as a pastor at two churches.


Chip Roper is an executive coach and consultant, with a passion to see men and women grow and thrive in their God-given abilities and calling.


Located on 888 acres in the Poconos, this conference provides a chance to retreat from the everyday grind, as well as to refresh your mind, team, and ministry. Whether you want to explore the eight miles of woodlands, waterfalls, and mountain streams; enjoy a game of mini-golf, basketball, or disc golf; hang out in the game room; or take a dip in the pool, the Spruce Lake Retreat Center offers it all. 

The program will include speakers and seminars focusing on the topic “Gritty Grace,” several resource tables, and five meals (dinner Monday through breakfast Wednesday), as well as plenty of opportunities to connect. 

The $334.00 registration fee covers a single room, or $238.00 for a double and includes two-nights of lodging, all programming, and meals. 


Theme: Gritty Grace
Monday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 2

Monday, September 30

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Registration and check-in
5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Dinner (Dining Hall, 2nd Floor)
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Opening General Session (Black Cherry Room in Spruce Lodge)
Sponsor: One&All
  • Opening remarks
  • Worship & prayer
  • Keynote speaker: Chip Roper
7:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.
Group Photo
7:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Affinity groups
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Snack and networking

Tuesday, October 1

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Devotions and prayer (Black Cherry Room in Spruce Lodge)
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast (Dining Hall, 2nd Floor)
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
General Session II
Sponsor: TrueSense
  • Greeting and Citygate Network announcements
  • Worship
  • Keynote speaker: Todd Komanarki
10:20 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Track Seminars 1:
Wounds from the Work: Understanding Vicarious Trauma (Maple Room, Spruce Lodge, 2nd Floor)
Jill Sirianni, Safe Place
Offering Radical Hospitality (Chestnut Room, Spruce Lodge, 3rd Floor)
Josiah Hake, NYC Relief
Perils & Possibilities of Provider Partnerships (Carol Lounge)
Dan Stoltzfus and Denus Antoine, Helping Up Mission
How to Become a Great Facilities Manager (Sycamore Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Sarino Tropeano, The Bowery Mission and Rich Hefner, Sunday Breakfast Mission
Creating a Safety Culture Across Generations (Lilac Room, Spruce Lodge, 4th Floor)
Brian Merriam, The Merriam Insurance Agency
Mind the Gap: Three Gaps Leaders Must Effectively Work To Close (Walnut Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Chip Roeper, Voca Center
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m
Afternoon break
Sponsor: Blue Dawg
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Track Seminars 2:
Wounds from the Work: Understanding Vicarious Trauma (Maple Room, Spruce Lodge, 2nd Floor)
Mary Elizabeth Kyle, The Bowery Mission
Professional and Personal Roles—Values Clash (Chestnut Room, Spruce Lodge, 3rd Floor)
Mary Elizabeth Kyle, The Bowery Mission
Innovation Disruption (Carol Lounge)
Frank Williams, Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Trauma-Informed Chapel Services (Sycamore Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Craig Mayes, The Bowery Mission
Mastering Organizational Communications (Lilac Room, Spruce Lodge, 4th Floor)
Garrett Miller, Cotria
Nursing Based Care Management (Walnut Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Jean Benedict, Water Street Mission
5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
General Session III
Sponsor: Douglas Shaw & Associates
  • Worship
  • Keynote speaker: Jane Bradbury
  • Client Story
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Snack and networking

Wednesday, October 2

7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.
Devotions and prayer
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast (Dining Hall, 2nd Floor)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Track Seminars 3:
Trauma Informed Client Engagement (Maple Room, Spruce Lodge, 2nd Floor)
Louis Rodriquez and Mark Noel, Water Street Mission
Hiring Quality Staff (Hiring on a WHIM) (Chestnut Room, Spruce Lodge, 3rd Floor)
Garrett Miller, Cotria
Etiology As it Relates to Addiction (Carol Lounge)
MaryAnn Gardner, Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Effective Direct Marketing (Sycamore Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Susan Piscitiello, Cross Appeal
Developing Staff and Culture (Lilac Room, Spruce Lodge, 4th Floor)
Diana Hartman, Light of Life Rescue Mission
Mind the Gap: Three Gaps Leaders Must Effectively Work To Close (Walnut Room, Founder’s Lodge)
Chip Roper, Voca Center
10:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Closing General Session
District update
Keynote speaker: Craig Mayes
Prayer & send-off

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so with no penalty up to two weeks before the event. Cancellations requested less than two weeks before the event will result in a 30% cancellation fee.

Sponsorships (All Full)

For Citygate Network business members, there are three levels of sponsorships available at the conference. Sponsor sign-up is located at the bottom of this page. A sponsorship or display table is required in order to attend. Please note that sponsors must be in membership with Citygate Network. If you plan to participate in the conference sessions and/or meals, you will need to register as an attendee in addition to purchasing your sponsorship. If you have additional questions, please email Stacie Hughes,

$700–Primary Sponsor 

  • Address attendees during one of the general sessions
  • Handouts during the speaking opportunity
  • Display table during conference 

$400–Break Sponsor 

  • Handout during break
  • Display table during conference 

$250–Table Sponsor 

  • Display table during conference


Please note that Registration is now closed because our rooms are full. If you would still like to attend, please contact us at 719-266-8300 x107 to see if we have anything available.

Online registration is not available at this time.