Marriage Retreat


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 Retreat 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 Retreat
October 13 - 15, 2017
Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake WI

Day Ticket (Saturday Only) | $99   (Registration for 3-day has closed)
(Includes two meals, large-group sessions and workshops)

*Registration Closes: October 12, 2017

Scholarships are available. Email Melanie for details.

Workshops include:

    • Being a Team in Marriage (Bob & Libby Goodsell)
    • His Needs, Her Needs and Repairing Trust (Tom & Melody Lynch)
    • Celebrating Differences, Navigating Conflict (Don & Sarah Gibson)
    • Avoiding Pitfalls in the First Decade (Panel Discussion)
    • Making Marriage a Priority While Raising a Family (Cal & Ruth Steiner)


Ignite Marriage Conference will be held at Green Lake Conference Center, located on 900 scenic acres on the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest lake at Green Lake, Wisconsin.

The facility offers contemplative and inspirational quiet places and trails, soccer fields, indoor basketball courts, high and low rope courses with zip line, nationally ranked golf courses and a 9-hole disc golf course – in addition to activities in and on the waters of Green Lake itself! Through the Green Lake experience, you can meet, connect, recharge and renew at a high level thanks to the unique combination of natural amenities, modern facilities and helpful staff.

Retreat Agenda

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • 6 pm – Check-in
  • 6:30 pm – Hors’ doeuvres
  • 7:30 pm – Welcome and Worship
    Speaker – Marriage Myths: Tackling the Myths That Trip Us Up (Debbie Marks)
  • 9 pm – Sweets/coffee

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • 7:30 am Breakfast
  • 9 am – Large Group Session 
    Speaker – Friendship in Marriage (Marc Maillefer)
  • 10:30 am – Break
  • 11 am – Workshops
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1 pm – Free time (lots of different activities to choose from)
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7 pm Large Group Session
    Speaker Intimacy in Marriage (Debbie Marks)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast
  • 9 am – Workshops
  • 10:30 am – Large Group Session & Worship
    The Mission of Marriage (Marc Maillefer)
  • 12 pm Depart


Session Leaders

Marc Maillefer
Lead Pastor of Door Creek Church
35 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
29 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 29 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.


Ben Hacker
Worship Pastor of Door Creek Church
10 years
First Fight: Who's the better driver.
Best Marriage Advice: Always keep Christ at the center of your marriage and remember that you were friends first. Feed the friendship no matter what.
Favorite activity together:
We love doing a lot of things together - being outside, camping, exploring the city and going out to dinner.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I love my home state and the people who call it home! My wife Nicky and I met at UW Stevens Point where we were both music majors and involved in the Cru worship band. During my time there, I began to sense a call to pastoral ministry, specifically as a Pastor of Worship. We moved to the Kenosha area to pursue pastoral training in the context of the local church and I later studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Nicky and I have four young children and we love doing things as a family. I love wearing sandals, being outside, cooking for others, coffee, camping, music gear, concerts and day trips to fun and interesting places with my family.