Pastor / Spouse Retreat

Pastor / Spouse Retreat
June 1-5, 2020
Monday lunch through Friday morning
Join with other pastors (and spouses) as we come together for the annual retreat. For next year’s event at Serra Retreat in Malibu, we expect a renewing week together. We will begin our time together at Serra and in retreat with the noon meal on Monday, June 1. So make plans now to be with us for this gift of time and space from the district.
Retreat for all minsters serving as pastor or chaplain, and their spouses in PSWD.

2019 event details

The 2019 Pastor/Spouse Retreat is being held at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California (interactive map). It is located 45 minutes from the Los Angeles & Burbank airports. This retreat is 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.

We are excited to welcome Daniel Topf as 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 will provide leadership in both Spanish and English.

Jeff Strogen will lead our embodied spiritual time taking the group on two different “birding” experiences. These will get 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. If you have a pair of binoculars you can bring with you it would be great, but we will have some available for folks to use.

PSWD Moderator Bob Morris will lead our opening time of worship on Tuesday evening. Bob is the pastor of the Glendora congregation and is inviting the PSWD to explore Jesus’ words in John 15:5 “Apart from me you can do nothing.”

This event is financially supported by the Ministry Commission of PSWD. Registering for this event implies a promise that you will faithfully participate in the activities listed. However, ample free time is available for your own faith journey, health, and recreation. The only cost to the Pastors / Chaplains will be a minimal registration fee of $100 per person and the cost of your transportation. Additional scholarship money may be available to help those in need, through Ministry Chair Clark Youngblood <>.
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