Deep South District Huddle

September 21 - 22, 2023
Jacksonville, Florida
City Rescue Mission/Southbank Hotel


You don't want to miss out on the Deep South District Huddle this year! Gather your team and make your way to this event, filled with fellowship, education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district.

This will be a time of growth in our fields as front line workers but also a place to relax and get time for Spiritual Renewal. Among other topics, we are blessed to have certified trainers helping us with "Trauma Informed Care" and "Adverse Childhood Experiences." We want to proclaim liberty through Christ to those we serve and help them find their new identity through Him.

We also look forward to hearing from our new president, Dr. Tom De Vries as he updates us on Citygate Network and shares his vision for the coming years.

Theme: Empowering Excellence Through Christ

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...

Isaiah 61.1

Keynote Speakers

Char Adamsons  

Char Adamsons
Manager, LifeBuilders Counseling Services at City Rescue Mission

Char received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Health Science in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. She was employed by General Electric Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Cook Marketing and PR in Jacksonville, Florida. She began work at City Rescue Mission as Manager of Human Resources and has since moved into LifeBuilders Counseling and Program Management.


Tom De Vries
President/CEO Citygate Network

Tom has served as a church planter, multi-site church lead pastor, and church multiplication movement leader. Most recently, Tom filled the President/CEO role at the Global Leadership Network, an international ministry producing training and equipping through the Global Leadership Summit. Prior to the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Western Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary, and a B.A. from Wheaton College. Tom has a track record of innovation, strategic planning, and leading high-performance teams for increasing ministry impact. Tom and his wife, Laura, have three adult children.

Leah Luczyszyn  

Leah Luczyszyn
LifeBuilders Counselor at City Rescue Mission

Leah received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Master of Science in Psychology from Lynn University, and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at Amridge University. Prior to working as a Counselor in the LifeBuilders Addictions Recovery program at City Rescue Mission, Leah worked with neurotypical children using play-based therapy and with dual-diagnosed court-ordered adults with substance abuse disorders. 

Kari McCall  

Kari McCall
Manager of Community Services at City Rescue Mission

Kari McCall is a dedicated and compassionate addiction counselor with a profound impact on struggling populations. Kari began as a Residential Assistant in 2006 and pursued an education in Addictions at NH Community Technical College. After completing her degree, Kari worked as a Case Worker with Boston-Danvers Detox. Later, she became a Substance Abuse Counselor in the Florida State Prison system, completing a degree in Addictions Counseling. Kari emphasizes Trauma Informed Care introducing the concept to colleagues and training new counselors. She is currently the Manager of Community Services at City Rescue Mission. Rooted in faith, Kari finds fulfillment in helping others while fostering a positive impact on lives affected by addiction.

Jamie Williams  

Jaime Williams
Director of Social Services at City Rescue Mission

In 1998, Jaime began working for the City Rescue Mission as the assistant store manager at the thrift store. Since then she has worked in several different positions: case manager, supervisor, manager, and today she is the Director of Social Services. Jaime has her BA in Sociology (minored in Social Welfare) and her Masters in Public Administration. Over the years Jaime has conducted several trainings on varies topics such as Cultural Diversity Awareness, Run, Hide, Fight, and Grace Today. She has been trained in the areas of Human Trafficking (Healing Hands; Human Trafficking) and De-escalation. Jaime has been honored to participate in several leadership programs such as Lifeworks, Emerging Leaders (Jacksonville), and Toastmasters.

Lodging: Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk

There is still availability at the hotel at a rate of $156. Click hereto make your hotel reservation. Southbank Hotel at Jacksonville Riverwalk is a downtown hotel drawing inspiration from the St. Johns River, ports, and area bridges.

This centrally located hotel is nestled on the Southbank of downtown Jacksonville near the trendy San Marco and Riverside historic districts. The hotel is approximately 4 miles from the mission, across the bridge.

The $50 conference registration fee includes all programming and two meals.


September 21 - 22, 2023

Thursday, 9/21


1:00 p.m.


Registration - City Rescue Mission (426 S. McDuff Ave.)

(Coffee and light snack)

1:15 p.m.

  Welcome and Introduction 

1:30 p.m.

  Adverse Childhood Experiences - Char Adamsons, Manager, LifeBuilders Counseling Services, and Leah Luczyszyn, LifeBuilders Counselor, CRM
3:00 p.m.    City Rescue Mission McDuff Tour

3:45 p.m.

   Trauma Informed Care - Kari McCall, Manager of Community Services, CRM

5:15 p.m.


Break (Downtown tour sign-up)

5:30 p.m.


Dinner - City Rescue Mission - Catered by Mission BBQ

6:15 p.m.

6:40 p.m.


Praise and Worship  

Citygate Network and Ripple Effect - Penny Kievet, PEAK Consulting

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Tom De Vries, Citygate Network President

Friday, 9/22

9:00 a.m.    Welcome and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

  De-escalation Training - Jamie Williams, Director of Social Services, CRM

11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.


Round Table Closeout

12:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m.


Closing Lunch

Optional tour of CRM New Life Location

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so with no penalty up to seven days before the event. Cancellations requested less than seven days before the event will result in a 50% cancellation fee.

Online registration is not available at this time.