Winter Retreat 2017-11-16T07:41:16+00:00

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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
  • Carolling 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. Dates for 2017 Winter Retreat are as follows:

Winter Retreat #1


20-26 Dec.//Col Chester “Chet” A. Arnold, Jr. USMC (Ret)

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About Col Chester “Chet” A. Arnold, Jr. USMC (Ret)
My wife Michelle and I met the day after my commissioning as a 2ndLt in the Marines. Six months later we were married. Two years later our first child was born and that same month I earned my Naval Aviation wings and we headed off to the Fleet Marine Force for 27 years. About 6 years into that adventure, God used the circumstances of life, His people and His Word to bring us to repentance. He then graciously brought into our life a couple from the Navigators who poured themselves out for a year of focused discipleship. In November 2008 we transitioned to civilian life with three biological children, four adopted children and numerous foster children gracing our home. In July 2014 we reported for duty in fulltime service with Officers’ Christian Fellowship at Pensacola FL. Our years of experience in the Marines and Naval Aviation is put to good use here as we serve Christ teaching and mentoring the young officers attending Naval Flight training.


Immanuel – God’s Presence among His People: What does this mean for everyday living?
Summary: God’s desire is that we enjoy a relationship with Him. From the Garden of Eden as God walked alongside His children, to the church as God’s Holy Spirit indwells His children, to the coming new heaven and earth when God will live among His children, God always reveals Himself as a God of relationship. It is in and through relationship that God chooses to be glorified. Through Jesus Christ, God restores the relationship broken by our disobedience. In Christ, we can be assured that God is bringing His perfect plan to a most glorious conclusion at the Resurrection. Join us as we consider the daily life implications of serving our intensely relational God.

Winter Retreat #2

This retreat is SOLD OUT in the Heritage House. Guests registering will be placed on a wait list for Heritage or be roomed at the historic Harrison House with a 10% discount.  

26 – 29 Dec.//Loren Reno, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)

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Loren Reno, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)

Loren Reno is the Senior Advisor in the Office of the President at Cedarville University, Ohio. He is also Professor of Management in Cedarville’s School of Business Administration where he was dean for three years and then the University’s Vice President for academics for two years.

In addition to teaching leadership to graduate and undergraduate students at Cedarville, Loren has traveled broadly teaching teams and groups in Brazil, China, Mongolia, South Africa, India, and the Philippines.

After serving for 38 years, Loren retired from the USAF in 2012 in the grade of lieutenant general. He had operations, training, staff, logistics, and joint assignments. He was a senior navigator and commanded at the squadron-, group-, wing-, and center-levels. His last assignment was as the deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations, and mission support at headquarters USAF.

He and his wife, Karen, have been married for more than 41 years. They have three grown children, two of whom have served or are serving in the military, and three grandchildren ages (almost) two to six.


Joshua: Leader of Past and Present
Are there lessons and traits we can see in the life of the biblical Joshua that can make leaders effective today? How do these sound: warrior, servant, spy, taking orders, giving orders? Look for us to dig into Joshua’s life from first mention to his retirement speech, from Exodus to Joshua 24, from his company grade days to his flag officer days, from pre-command to in-command. He is a model servant and leader…as today’s officers should be.

Winter Retreat #3


29 Dec. – 2 Jan.//Dr. Michael Sprague

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Dr Michael Sprague
Dr. Michael Sprague is the Louisiana State Chaplain with the Capitol Commission and President of Grace Adventures ( Michael is engaged in relational outreach and discipleship, teaching, coaching, writing and speaking. He serves as a “non-political” friend to people in the halls of leadership. He loves to help people get to know the Jesus of the Scriptures. Michael has been featured on such programs as Fox and Friends, Fox Business Risk and Reward, Moody Radio and Christianity Today. Michael holds a Business degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Divinity degree from Capital Bible Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Covington, Louisiana for 11 years, and formerly served for 15 years at Forcey Bible Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he helped launch the Touch Global Crisis Response Ministry for the E.F.C.A. that is now multiplying compassion ministry around the world. Michael does life with his wonderful wife Donna and resides in Mandeville, Louisiana. They have one son, Jonathan who is married to Patricia, and a beloved grandchild.



Do you want to learn to live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God? Do you yearn for a fresh Kingdom adventure? Jesus is the Master who says, “Follow Me.” It is crazy good (and often crazy challenging) when you say “YES” to Him.

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.”