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Church of God in Christ convention brings 10,000 to Milwaukee May 27-June 1

$12.5 million in economic impact estimated

By - May 21st, 2018 01:15 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI – (May 21, 2018) – The Wisconsin Center will host the 68th Women’s International Convention/Crusade, an annual event of the Church of God in Christ, from May 27–June 1. As one of the largest conventions in the city in 2018, the convention will fill downtown hotels and result in major economic impact to the city.

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.

For more information on the Church of God in Christ, see this link.

About VISIT Milwaukee

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

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