Ministers, Missionaries, and other servants of God occasionally need rest, repair, and some conversation with an understanding and experienced caregiver. A walk in the woods, quiet time at the chapel, or just some Christian fellowship can make a difference at a critical time in one’s life.
Roger and Jeanie Staub have been opening their home to ministry individuals and couples for forty years. Folks from 18 nations have found hospitality and Christian sanctuary at their home in the Ozark foothills of Northwest Arkansas. In 2010 the Staub’s constructed a new log home with guestrooms upstairs and down dedicated to providing a retreat for believers in need of some time away.
The Staub’s 40 years of ministry experience enables them to relate meaningfully to the many challenges Christian caregivers encounter. Their work includes pastoring a church for 22 years, conducting many Pastor’s conferences and workshops, marriage seminars in the US and other countries, ministering in many churches and church conferences, and five years directing a live-in drug rehabilitation center. In addition, Jeanie Staub is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in counseling. For five years Jeanie worked as a crisis intake therapist at Laureate Psychiatric Hospital, and as Senior Triage therapist for the Associated Centers for Therapy. (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Jeanie now has a small private practice in Northwest Arkansas.
However, quite apart from their ministry experience, the Staub’s have a genuine concern for the health and well being of ministry folks. Their book, Making Our Stand; Keeping Love Strong in a Ministry Marriage, was born out of their encounters with many ministry couples whose relationship was suffering due to the pressures of gospel work. So, helping God’s servants process and move beyond the disappointments and wounds that inevitably come is an important part of their present ministry focus.
Contact Roger and Jeanie by e-mail here: email us, for available dates and rates. Retreats for individuals or couples are typically two days; occasionally longer. For those able to pay, rates vary from $150 to $300, depending on the work requested. Individuals or couples without resources may request to come on a donation basis. The Staubs personalize every retreat for the individual or couple they serve. Accomodations are ‘Bed and Breakfast’ style; the Staub’s are available as much as needed, either for fellowship or intensive counseling. Couples can arrange for counseling together or separately. Some guests may simply want to be alone, to pray, or rest. The goal is to provide a comfortable and meaningful ‘time out’ that provides energy and clarity for one’s life and Christian journey.