Winter Retreat2019-02-08T18:09:08+00:00

Winter Retreat 2018/19 is now closed. Thank you for the memories. God bless you in 2019 and see you in the summer!

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Christmas season is special, but it is even more special to celebrate at White Sulphur Springs with a community of like-minded believers. It is beautiful here year-round but there is a wondrous beauty during the Christmas season.The quietness of the snow on the mountains, a table laden with good food, a warm hearth, the beauty of Heritage House illuminated in celebration of the season, life-changing connections with family and loved ones… Please come and experience for yourself why so many have made Winter Retreat part of their family’s holiday tradition.

 Some special events at Winter Retreat include:

 Winter Retreat is like no other time of year at the WSS. You are able to experience traditions and special events that only occur during Winter Retreat.

  • Christmas Eve festival
  • Christmas Communion Service
  • Manger Service with live Nativity
  • Caroling in the Cove

  • Skiing at local slopes
  • New Year’s Eve Communion Service
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • Family Hours, Skit and Talent Shows
  • Ice Skating on the Pond
  • Candy-Making Classes

Join the Family of God at White Sulphur Springs during Christmas for memories and traditions that last a lifetime. Be blessed and refreshed this Christmas season during one of our three Winter Retreat sessions. Pricing information: Adults- Meals and Lodging $75/night 1-3 nights, $69/nights 4-5 nights, Teens (13-19) $37.50/night meals and lodging, Youth (5-12) $28/night meals and lodging, 0-4 yrs free, Conference fee varies by length of stay. Dates for 2018 Winter Retreat are as follows:

Winter Retreat #1- 21-26 Dec

This retreat is SOLD OUT in the Heritage House. Registrations still open for Harrison (add a 10% discount)

LTC Dan Gade, USA (RET) &  LTC(P) Kevin D. Bouren

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Bio – LTC Dan Gade, USA (RET)

About Dan 
Dan retired from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2017, after 20 years of service. His final 6 years of active duty were spent teaching leadership, ethics, political science, and other topics at West Point. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the US Secretary of Labor while he awaits Senate confirmation for a different position. He and his wife Wendy are on the White Sulphur Springs Advisory Board, and their three children consider WSS to be their home away from home.

Bio – LTC (P) Kevin Bouren, USA

About Kevin 
Kevin Bouren is an Active Duty Army officer who began serving the Nation in uniform when he entered the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 1992 as a Private E-2. He was later commissioned a 2LT of Field Artillery from the West Point Class of 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual Psychology. After serving 14 years in the Field Artillery, Kevin transferred branches in 2011 where he now proudly serves in the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps as a senior Human Resources officer.

Kevin is currently enrolled as a graduate student at the National Defense University where he is studying at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy alongside 330 other senior military, civilian, joint, interagency, and international leaders. Kevin and his wife Adra have been actively involved in OCF since Kevin’s Plebe Year at West Point, and they have continued to lead small group Bible studies throughout his career while keeping their four amazing children connected to the OCF community through WSS.


“Exploring the Christmas Story and Opening Its Wonderful Gifts”

Join us this Christmas at White Sulphur Springs as we explore the multiple accounts of the events leading up to and surrounding the birth of the Promised Savior of the world. With God’s eternal wisdom in hand—the inerrant and infallible Holy Word of God—we’ll begin our journey by deepening our understanding of what we believe and why we believe it. We will wrestle with the critics’ claims, the historical record, and test everything against the Holy Bible. We will then gather at the foot of God’s Throne and open the wonderful gifts Our Sovereign God has graciously given His children as a result of the Messiah’s birth, life, death, and resurrection! Gather your family and friends for a joyous celebration of the Good News of Christmas: Emmanuel is indeed God With Us!!!

Winter Retreat #2- 26-30 Dec

Ray Reuter

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Ray Reuter

Ray Reuter is the owner of Kaizen, Inc., a training, consulting and personal development company that started over 16 years ago. “Kaizen” is a business philosophy meaning continuous improvement. Ray brings this philosophy of continuous, ongoing improvement to individuals and organizations by providing high performance training, personal development, and
coaching processes aimed at improving leadership, management, teams and personal effectiveness. The outcome is unfettered potential within people and organizations to maximize results — at work, at home, in all aspects of one’s life.

“Every day, I focus on awakening and inspiring people to achieve what’s possible in their lives and in their workplace.” This focus leads to an emphasis on leadership development, self-mastery, effective communication, personal accountability, teamwork – and overall how to be and have a positive impact in life. Ray works with individuals, small business, and Fortune 500 companies … inspiring them to do what they would not normally do on their own!

Ray is happily married to Julie, his wife of over 36 years. Julie and Ray work together raising their five boys, four daughters-in-law, and twelve grandchildren. Ray is a senior co-leader for Marked Men for Christ, a Christian men’s ministry. Ray
regularly shares thoughts and ideas to inspire and awaken at his unfettered thoughts blog (


A life unfettered — if not now, when?

Topic this is your life …
… are you being who you want to be?
… are you doing what you want to do?
… are having what you want to have?
… are you aligned with God’s will?

a life unfettered is a life of freedom, focus, intention, joy. a life unfettered is a life aligned with God and your calling, your mission, your talents and gifts.

a life unfettered is a time of retreat, restoration, refreshment that provides you with an opportunity to look back, to take stock, and to move forward. You will identify goals and priorities, what would be “perfect,” and develop an in- depth “Traction Plan” for the next stretch of your life. You will look deep into your heart and discover a renewed sense of your life’s purpose. You will learn practical tools to enable your ongoing journey to be intentional and fulfilling.

Winter Retreat #3- 30 Dec – 2 Jan

This retreat is SOLD OUT


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About Dean
Vice Admiral William “Dean” Lee entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1981 and retired in 2016 after serving nearly 36 years as a commissioned officer in various assignments along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts. He concluded his career as Commander, Atlantic Area, serving as the operational commander for a force of 21,000 active personnel conducting all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. In addition to his duties at Atlantic Area, VADM Lee served as Commander, Defense Force East and provided Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. He also concurrently served as Director, DHS Joint Task Force East, responsible for the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan, including oversight of the joint interagency maritime Counter Narcotics and Alien Migration missions. During the period 2014 – 2016, elements of his Task Force interdicted 8,000 illegal migrants, arrested 340 smugglers, and seized nearly 100 metric tons of cocaine and other illicit drugs valued at $2.9 billion.

Dean is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979, and attained a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University in 1988. He and his wife Mary have two grown children and one grandchild.


“Applying the Gospel to Today’s Challenges”

Join us to celebrate the New Year at WSS as we take a deep and fresh look at the Gospel. VADM Dean Lee (USCG, Retired) will lead us through sessions on knowing, defending, spreading and living the Gospel and explore what those truths mean for us in today’s challenging environment. You’ll be encouraged and equipped in your walk and service to the Lord for 2019 and beyond.

Session # 1 Knowing the Gospel — My testimony — When and how the light came on
Session #2 Defending the Gospel — Standing firm for religious rights in today’s military
Session #3 Spreading the Gospel — Sometimes you use words, but mostly you use love
Session #4 Living the Gospel — Leading by Following, Following by Leading

A Typical Day at Winter Retreat

  • 0830: Breakfast
  • 0950-1215: Teen-Children Program/Children’s Story hour (age 3-Grade 3)
  • 1000-1100: Fireside Talk with the speaker
  • 1115-1215: Adult Discussion with speaker
  • 1230: Lunch
  • Afternoon: Free time (various activities are offered depending on the day)
  • 1730: Dinner
  • 1900-1930: Family hour—Pettijohn Room
  • 1930-2030: Teen-Children Program/Fireside Talk with the speaker
  • 2030: Snacks & Fellowship in Dining Room
  • 2200: Quiet in Heritage House

Note: Arrival night dinner is at 1800. Guests are asked NOT to overlap between sessions.

“It’s clear that God is at work here. It’s a place where we can focus with attention to our spiritual lives. It almost doesn’t matter what the speaker/topic is, God still has something to say to us.”