Great Lakes District Conference

September 17-19
Shipshewana, Indiana
Blue Gate Garden Inn


You don’t want to miss out on the Great Lakes District Conference version 2019!  Hitch up your team and make your way to this event, jam-packed with education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district. 

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 conference takes place within your district, many staff members who can’t attend Citygate Network’s Annual Conference can benefit from interaction and education pertinent to them. 

Programming will include speakers and seminars, resource tables, and five meals (dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday), as well as plenty of opportunities to connect. 


The year’s conference will take place in the heart of Amish country again at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana. The simplicity and beauty of the small-town venue and area will allow you to retreat from the everyday grind, as well as refresh your mind, team, and ministry. Whether you choose to relax and soak up the quiet, or you decide to visit the Midwest’s largest flea market filled with hand-crafted wares, the change of scenery will do you good. 

Call the Blue Gate Garden Inn at (260) 768-4725 to make your reservation (ask for the discounted Citygate Network rate). Our rate is $106.00 for a single or double room and will be available until August 20, 2019.

Please note: The Blue Gate Inn is sold out but a limited number of rooms are currently available at the Farmstead Inn a half mile down the road at 370 Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565. Please call (260) 768-4595 and ask for the Citygate rate of $105.

 The $129 registration fee for the conference itself includes all programming and meals.


Please download a copy of the final schedule. 


Raymond Hylton was born in Jamaica and migrated to the United States in 1981 to live with his extended family and pursue his education. Ray has been the lead pastor of First Presbyterian, Evanston, since 2009. He is married to Judith (also born in Jamaica), his childhood sweetheart. In his own words, “My greatest joy is inviting people into God’s Kingdom and helping people discover God’s unique plan for their lives.”


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

Online registration is not available at this time.