arrived with a sense of hopelessness and despair and in agony
and pain; I departed encouraged, filled with renewed hope,
and a significantly reduced pain level. Thank you for equipping
us to go forward."
---an Assembly of God Pastor's Wife
the whole world comes crushing down at once; extended family
deaths, church conflicts, depression, marital dissatisfaction
and mid-life crisis. It was good to have a safe place to
go and receive support, wisdom, and care. Thanks to Russ
and the MLC Pastor's Retreat these were available to us.
His clinical wisdom and personal care helped us find new
unity and strength for ministry and most importantly our
---a Baptist Pastor
are vital keys to health in ministry and life. There was
no training for me in seminary or anywhere that I knew of
in helping me move from one phase of ministry life to another.
I found myself very alone asking questions that no one was
answering. It is one thing for a person to want to give
care to men and women in ministry. It is another thing to
know how to give it. Russ's work and vision are vital to
taking the leaders of a nation to a deeper level."
---a Bible Church Pastor
came to the MLC bound up with cords of confusion, discouragement
and shame. Through both the insightful counsel and the quiet
context of June Lake, I came away refreshed and freed up in
---a Baptist Pastor's Wife
came to the MLC at a turning point in our lives and ministry.
It was critical that we make good choices and the MLC was
able to help us do that. Our time at MLC was a gift from God!"
---a Foursquare Church Pastor
"These were two of the most marvelous and insight-filled weeks of our lives; so helpful for our marriage, our health, our ministry and our spiritual well-being. Every pastor couple should have this privileged experience. The Veenkers are a gift to the church."
---a Presbyterian Pastor
time at the MLC was wonderfully renewing and instructive for
me personally, and for my marriage. I received insights and
encouragement that will help me overcome chronic spiritual
struggles, all bathed in the admonition to seek the guidance
of the Holy Spirit."
---a Friends Pastors' Wife
came to the Mountain Learning Center seeking recovery from
ministry burnout and a broken marriage. Our two weeks at the
MLC helped us to process our situation, and determine steps
to heal our marriage and prepare to serve in ministry again.
The MLC saved our marriage and gave us hope for future usefulness
to the Kingdom's work. It is a vital part of our recovery
---an Baptist Pastor
insight and counsel into how pastors process and function
was vital to helping me move through a transition that was
very confusing and very painful."
---an Interdenominational Evangelical
MLC was a fun, refreshing, healing experience for my wife
and me. The beautiful setting and sensitive counseling were
just what God ordered for us. We were tired and discouraged
with ministry and needed perspective. We found it at the MLC.
Both Russ and Kandy are tops in our book...gracious servants
of the God."
---a Baptist Pastor
wife and I have found a new level of understanding for one
another. Our focus on ministry has been changed as well as
the focus on our family. Most importantly, I have found how
to manage an inner rage that has been a constant in me since
---an Assembly of God Pastor
"I came to the MLC with some trepidation. But feeling overwhelming hurt and pain, I arrived, hoping for help and release. Through Russ’ encouragement and the listening ear of both he and Kandy, I came away feeling like I could be free from the past and move on to whatever God has in store for my spouse and I. It was the beginning of hope."
---a Christian Church Pastor of Women’s Ministry
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