District Council is back!

Join us for four days of life-giving fun, powerful services, and celebrating what God has done in the past year across our Team Illinois family. 

May 19-22 at Lake Williamson in Carlinville, IL.

Featuring speakers such as Evangelist Martha Tennison & Dr. Allen Tennison. 

And of course, we had to bring back the Healthy Pastor 5K Fun Run For The Son.

Housing fills up fast, so register today!


Healthy pastors take care of their bodies.

 Let’s practice this together with a 5K. 

Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00am at Lake Williamson

You DO NOT have to be able to run an entire 5k to participate. Just come out, walk around the lake, and have a great time!

All participants who register ahead of time will receive a t-shirt.


Sunday, May 19
5:00pm | Council Opens – Registration Begins
5:00pm | Prayer Meeting in AC 207
6:00pm | BBQ & Bonfire
8:00pm | Registration Closes

Monday, May 20
7:30am – 9:00am | Breakfast Served
8:00am | Registration Opens
10:00am | Service
11:30am – 1:00pm | Lunch Served
1:30pm | Business Session
4:30pm – 6:00pm | Dinner Served
6:00pm |  Service
8:00pm | After Party

Tuesday, May 21
7:30am – 9:00am | Breakfast Served
7:00am | Healthy Pastor 5K Fun Run For The Son
9:30am | Prayer
10:00am | Celebration Service
11:30am – 1:00pm | Lunch Served
1:00pm | Session w/ Dr. Allen Tennison
2:45pm | Breakouts
4:00pm | Ordination Rehearsal & Meal
5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner Served
6:30pm | Ordination Service w/ Evangelist Martha Tennison
8:00pm | Ordination Reception

Wednesday, May 22
7:30am – 9:00am | Breakfast Served
9:00am – Prayer
10:00am – Communion & Memorial Service
11:30am | Lunch Served


Martha Tennison has traveled across America for Over 35 Years preaching revivals, women’s retreats, and campmeetings.

She and her late husband (Rev W. Don Tennison)served together for 49 years of ministry. They have one Son, (Dr. D. Allen Tennison) a Dean in North Central University.

The Tennisons pastored Radcliff First Assembly of God in Radcliff, KY from 1978-1990.

On May 14, 1988 First Assembly experienced a fiery trail, when their church bus was hit head on by a drunken driver resulting in the deaths of 24 young people and 3 staff members.

Through this tragedy the Tennisons experienced God’s sustaining power and healing Grace in the lives of their parishioners.

Martha has a deep love and compassion for the hurting.Martha will keep you laughing and crying as she shares her life, walking with a loving and faithful God.


Allen Tennison, Ph.D., serves as theological counsel to The General Council of the Assemblies of God and chairs its Commission on Doctrines and Practices.


We’re happy to announce that we’ll have childcare available at this year’s District Council.

$10 per day/per child

Toddler – 12 years old. 


  • Monday | May 20th | 10am – 8pm
  • Tuesday | May 21st | 10am – 3pm & 6pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday | May 22nd | 10am – 12pm 
The Called College Wing | 2nd Floor of the Activities Center


All the following hotels are within 20-25 minutes driving distance from Lake Williamson Christian Center.

Call for rates and reservations.

Baymont by Wyndham
1405 W. Hudson Dr, Litchfield

Hampton Inn
11 Thunderbird Circle, Litchfield


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4 Thunderbird Circle, Litchfield

Quality Inn / Route 66
1010 E Columbian Blvd N, Litchfield


Speaker: Pastor Wes Bell
Wes Bell has been the Lead Pastor of Harvest Chapel for the last 16 years. In that time, he has seen the church grow and increase its influence in their region. Wes has a heart to reach the unchurched and to come alongside leaders to help them reach their full potential.
Breakout Topic: Grit or Gridlock
We will dive into some transferable principles that will help us push our ministries forward and maintain momentum, even in the midst of various difficulties and obstacles we may encounter as ministry leaders.
Speaker: Pastor Robbie Gonzalez
Recognizing the profound impact of social media in today’s society, Pastor Robbie has embraced its positive influence. By leveraging platforms to share the message of Jesus and promote Christ-centered activities, he has successfully drawn individuals into church services, basketball leagues, and life groups, fostering a sense of community among them. His passion lies in connecting with people and guiding them to a renewed life in Christ, a mission he fulfills through both traditional pulpit ministry and innovative social media outreach. Pastor Robbie leads New Life Church in Yorkville, IL.
Breakout Topic: Social Ministry
This is a pivotal moment in history for sharing the message of Jesus, largely due to the radical impact of social media. Regardless of whether you’re in a rural or metropolitan setting, the potential to connect with others is monumental. Join Pastor Robbie Gonzalez, lead pastor of New Life Church in Yorkville, IL (a sub-rural community), for a discussion on how social media can be a game-changer for every church seeking to reach people for Jesus. This session will provide practical strategies and actionable steps to establish or enhance your church’s social media presence, fostering deeper engagement with your community and beyond. Social media isn’t just about marketing; it’s a dynamic tool for ministry that opens unprecedented opportunities to share the love of Jesus with the world.
Speaker: Isaiah Turner
Breakout Topic: Navigating the Changing Culture and How To Protect Your Ministry
As a Christian ministry, how do you address the changing cultural views on issues such as sexuality, marriage, and gender identity? How can your ministry love and serve everyone while not giving into the shifting morality of the day? This session will explore the recent cultural and legal challenges the Church is currently facing so that you can be a good steward of your ministry, understand how to navigate these challenges, and can know how to keep the doors open for the Gospel for future generations.
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