Marriage Weekend


Great marriages don’t just happen, they require investment and intentionality as they often take a back seat to the busyness of life.

Ignite Marriage Weekend will give you and your spouse an opportunity to connect, refresh and attend workshops that provide helpful marriage-strengthening strategies. It is for marriages in all seasons of life and the focus will be on your marriage. Walk away refreshed, encouraged and hopeful!

Door Creek Church | Ignite Marriage Weekend
February 14-15, 2020
Sprecher Road Campus

$99 per couple*
(Includes appetizers/desserts and workshops)

*EARLY BIRD PRICING - $75 – register before 1/14/20


Registration Closes: February 10, 2020

Scholarships are available. Email Melanie for details.


We have reserved blocks of rooms at discount prices at three different hotels – the deadline for this special pricing is Tuesday, January 14, so be sure to reserve a room early! Couples need to make their reservations directly with the hotel and ask for Door Creek Church’s block of rooms.



Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Madison East
5150 High Crossing Blvd, Madison, WI 53718
Rate: $109 + tax/king

Courtyard by Marriott, Madison East
2502 Crossroads Drive, Madison, WI 53718
Rate: $129­ + tax/king

AC Marriott Hotel Madison Downtown
One North Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703
Rate: $159 + tax/king

NOTE: All rooms include breakfast for two on Saturday morning.



Friday, February 14

  • 6:00 pm – Hearty Appetizers

  • 6:30 pm – Large Group Session

  • 7:15 pm – Dessert and Mingle

  • 7:45 pm – Workshops

  • 8:40 pm - Movie and Popcorn


Saturday, February 15

  • 9:00 am – Large Group Music

  • 10:00 am – Coffee Break / Snacks

  • 10:20 am – Workshops

  • 11:20 am – Lunch (on your own offsite)

  • 12:45 pm - Workshops

  • 1:45 pm - Break / Snacks

  • 2:00 pm - Large Group

  • 3:00 pm - Close

Retreat Leaders


Marc Maillefer
Lead Pastor of Door Creek Church
38 years
First Fight: Over what type of kitchen broom to buy.
Best Marriage Advice: Don’t talk about money and serious issues after 9 pm.
Favorite activity together:
Taking walks.

I'm married to Lori and we have five wonderful kids, one son-in-law and we welcomed our first grandson in 2017! As a family, we love to cook together, take long hikes and work on projects around the house. I love almost all sports and also working with my hands - from cooking to construction projects! I knew I wanted to be a pastor when I was 13 years old! I studied at Bethel College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I love leading a team and being part of a church that is excited to join God in His mission in this world, starting in our own backyard. Studying and teaching the Bible to the end that we live it is a huge joy. What really makes for a great day is sharing the gospel with someone who is far from God. 


Debbie Marks
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
 32 years
First Fight: Ken and Debbie had their first big fight on their honeymoon in Hawaii when Debbie was upset that the beaches were black and rocky on the Big Island. 
Best Marriage Advice: Have a regular shared activity.
Favorite Activity Together: Walking or attending gym together.

Debbie Marks, MS LMFT, has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for more than 20 years. She specializes in healing and growing people and relationships, especially marriages repairing after infidelity and other hurts. She is a local speaker for couples and women’s events, presenting tough topics with gentleness and humor. She has been married to her husband Ken for 32 years, and they have two college-aged daughters. Ken and Debbie can frequently be seen together at the gym or walking outside, talking and working out life’s challenges and stresses.



From Surviving to Thriving – Honest Conversations Around Raising a Young Family:  Mark & Cassie Deering

Parenting your Adult Kids – Panel Discussion:  Marc & Lori Maillefer

How to Talk About Money:  Mike Collins

Building a Strong Foundation (Married under 5 years):  Ryan & Bri Morrison

Loving Your Teenager:  Tyler Sotebeer

Teamwork in Marriage:  Bob & Libby Goodsell

Intentional Building in Every Season of Your Marriage:  Tom & Melody Lynch