Retreat Purpose

Many times as a pastor in New England, you may feel drained from the struggle to minister to the spiritual needs of others while caring for your own family.

The Pastor’s Encouragement Retreat is a time set aside for you and your spouse to renew spiritually. You will spend quality time interacting with an experienced leadership team and other New England pastors, returning home encouraged and with a renewed zeal for ministry!


Thursday, September 4th
7:00 pmWorship Service
8:30 pmFellowship time
Friday, September 5th
9:00 amBreakout Sessions
10:00 amBreak
10:30 amWorship Service
12:00 pmLunch and Free Time
7:00 pmBanquet
Saturday, September 6th
9:00 amWorship Service


The retreat will be held at the Stoweflake Hotel & Convention Center.

Address: 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont, 05672

Phil Waldrep

The host of the Pastor’s Encouragement Retreat, Phil Waldrep is the founder and president of Phil Waldrep Ministries. He is a popular speaker, author, and host of numerous events, including Celebrators for senior adults, Women of Joy, Connect for students, and Gridiron a conference for men.

David Uth

The Pastor of First Baptist Orlando, David grew up in Arkansas, where his father pastored several churches during David’s formative years. Later, he felt the call to ministry himself and has been pastoring churches continuously since 1976.

Cindi Wood

Aaron Wilburn

Sam McElroy

A gifted encourager and singer, Sam McElroy is the Executive Director for Phil Waldrep Ministries in Decatur, Alabama. Sam is the former Music/Administration Minister and Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Milan, Tennessee.


The total cost of the retreat is $300 per couple. This cost covers lodging for two nights, two breakfasts, one lunch, the banquet and the retreat. If you are a pastor in the New England area, a scholarship may be available for you and your spouse. Simply fill out the online application at the link provided below before August 1st to reserve your spot.

Scholarship Application

Aubrey and Peggy Jones Award: Nomination Form