2021 Retreat: Serra Retreat Center for July 26-30, 2021
Pastor and Spouse Retreat – June 1-5, 2020
Monday lunch through Friday morning
Pastor/Spouse Retreat, originally to be held from June 1 – 5 in Malibu, CA was cancelled due to COVID-19.
2019 event details
Flyer in English & Spanish: 2019 Pastor/Spouse Flyer (PDF)
The 2019 Pastor/Spouse Retreat was held at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California (interactive map). It is located 45 minutes from the Los Angeles & Burbank airports. This retreat was meant for your spiritual and physical health. The Ministry Commission of PSWD takes it as our mission to care for the women and men who have answered God’s call to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our churches and faith institutions.
Daniel Topf was the resource leader for the PSWD Pastor (Spouse) Retreat, May 28-31, at Serra Retreat in Malibu. Daniel is currently working as a regional representative of the missions agency World Team and studying for his Ph.D. in intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Prior to coming to California, he spent time in China, Singapore, and India as a student, manager, and teacher at a Bible school. In total, he lived and worked in Asia for over ten years, and he is passionate about unreached people groups, theological education, and the global Pentecostal movement. Nonetheless, the biggest recent news is that on September 29, 2018, Daniel got married to his beautiful bride, Annali (currently interim pastor at Glendale COB). Daniel is a native Spanish speaker and provides leadership in both Spanish and English.
Jeff Strogen lead our embodied spiritual time taking the group on two different “birding” experiences. These got us out of our seats and into the world, opening our eyes and ears to sites and sounds we often miss in the world around us. Jeff is a Middle School math and life science teacher, and an active birder who has led many groups into times of discovery. He enjoys the people and space at PSWD Pastor (and Spouse) Retreat which he has come to enjoy as the spouse of Dawna Welch, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at the La Verne congregation.
PSWD 2019 Moderator Bob Morris lead our opening time of worship on Tuesday evening. Bob is the pastor of the Glendora congregation and invited the PSWD to explore Jesus’ words in John 15:5 “Apart from me you can do nothing.” The event was financially supported by the Ministry Commission of PSWD. Registering for that event implied a promise that you faithfully participates in the activities listed. Ample free time was always available for your own faith journey, health, and recreation. The only cost to the Pastors / Chaplains was a minimal registration fee of $100 per person and the cost of your transportation.