Deep South District Conference

October 8-10
Pine Mountain, Georgia
Callaway Resort & Gardens


This year’s Deep South District Conference will take place at the lovely Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Just an hour outside Atlanta, this venue puts you right in the middle of 2,500 acres of flora, fauna, fun activities, and history. Butterflies, blossoms, trails, birds of prey, stone chapels, zip lines, a lake … what better way to retreat from the everyday grind, and refresh your mind, team, and ministry.

Load up the staff and gather with others from the Deep South for an event jam-packed with education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district. The venue is intentionally loaded with opportunities to build relationships and learning among your own team, as well as with others in similar roles who are 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. 

Mike Williams, the inspirational, educational, motivational, and humorous speaker that joined us at Citygate Network’s Annual Conference, will be sharing in a general session and presenting a development seminar. Don’t miss Mike and other great speakers and seminars! Registration includes all five meals at this beautiful resort. 


Mike Williams Christian comedian and author


Devin Simmons President, Waterfront Rescue Mission, Pensacola, Florida

Conference Lodging

For lodging reservations, call the resort directly at (844) 512-3826, or you can reserve online. Our block rate is $109 for a single or double room (plus applicable taxes, and a $5 per night resort fee); this rate will be available until September 17, 2019. (There is a seven-day cancellation policy.)

The $199 registration fee includes all programming and meals.


Theme: Mission Critical

Tuesday, October 8

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and check-in
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Dinner General Session
Willow Room (Mt. Creek Inn)
Sponsor: bluedawg
Opening Remarks and Intros from host CEO and District President
Worship and prayer
Mission Critical—Leading When God’s Plan Isn’t Clear to Us and We Have to Lead Anyway
Devon Simmons, executive director, Waterfront Rescue Mission
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Networking by the pool

Wednesday, October 9

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast and General Session
Willow Room (Mt. Creek Inn)
Sponsor: Douglas Shaw & Associates

Greeting and Citygate Network Announcements
Mission Critical—Tools of a Turnaround
Devon Simmons, executive director, Waterfront Rescue Mission
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Sponsor break
Sponsor: One&All
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Track Seminars 1
  • Legal Challenges Around Sexual Orientation Issues (Willow Room)
    Harrison Smith, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Etiology As it Relates to Addiction (Magnolia Room)
    MaryAnn Gardner, Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • Being Mission Equipped—Business Partner Forum (Peach Room)
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Group Photo - outside location TBD
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch with professional networks
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Track Seminars 2
  • Violent Intruders and Your Ministry (Willow Room)
    James Dick, The Merriam Insurance Agency
  • Understanding EQ: Leading Clients to Better Decision Making (Magnolia Room)
    MaryAnn Gardner, Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • How to Knock the Socks off your Donors (Peach Room)
    Scott Swedenburg, blue dawg
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Sponsor break
Sponsor: Brewer Direct
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Track Seminars 3:
  • Forget the Donors…Understand the Mind of a Partner (Willow Room)
    Mike Williams, author and professional speaker
  • Setting Professional Boundaries (Magnolia Room)
    MaryAnn Gardner, Bridgeport Rescue Mission
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tour of Valley Rescue Mission
6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner and General Session
Willow Room
Sponsor: TrueSense
  • Worship
  • Speaker—Mike Williams

Thursday, October 10

8:30 a.m. - 10:30
Closing General Session and breakfast Worship
Live interview and sharing: So what…
  • did you learn?
  • do you want to know more about?
  • will you begin implementing or adjusting?
  • can’t you wait to share with others?
Closing Speaker—Vann Ellison
Prayer and send-off

Sponsorships (FULL)

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.