Major Church of God in Christ convention chooses Milwaukee in 2018

10,000 attendees to bring major economic impact

MILWAUKEE, WI - (June 27, 2017) – Milwaukee will host the 68th Women’s International Convention/Crusade, an annual event of the Church of God in Christ, from May 25-June 2, 2018. The announcement was made on June 2nd at this year’s convention in Orlando in front of an audience of 10,000 people, with 30,000 viewers live streaming from 80+ countries. VISIT Milwaukee Convention Sales Manager Megan Husband was on hand to thank the group and welcome them to Milwaukee next year.
Rich in history and passionate in its beliefs, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is a Christian organization in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition based in Memphis, TN. It is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States, with a predominantly African-American membership of more than 6.5 million members. The Church has congregations in more than 80 countries around the world.
“The Women’s International Convention/Crusade is an opportunity for women of the Church of God in Christ to gather to be inspired and encouraged. It is also an opportunity for the Convention to recognize and highlight our excellent spiritual leaders that God has raised up in this region. We believe that prayer and seeking God’s will led us to the decision of Milwaukee being the place of the 2018 Convention,” says Mother Barbara McKinney, the Administrative Facilitator for the Women’s International Convention.
According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “We are thrilled to host the Women’s International Convention/Crusade. We know the attendees will enjoy touring Milwaukee’s vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful lakefront, easy walkability, and friendly hospitality.”
The convention will be held in the Wisconsin Center and has an estimated economic impact of $12.5 million to the greater Milwaukee area.

About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including
hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit