What we believe…

  • The Bible is God’s true and inspired Word to us.
  • Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior, redeemer of our brokenness and of our bible-1850859_1920broken world.
  • The Holy Spirit is the teacher and guide Christ left with us when He ascended into heaven.
  • God showered His grace upon us by sacrificing His Son Jesus and creating a way for us to live eternally with Him.
  • Salvation is given to all those who profess faith in God and is never revoked.  We are all sinners and by God’s grace we are saved.
  • Prayer is the tool God has given us so that we can have a personal relationship with Him.
  •  Our relationship and time with the Lord enlivens and strengthens us to do the work He has planned for us to do.

Board Members

President – Amy McElwain

Secretary – Pat Massey
Pat is a member of Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, and serves in various areas of the women’s and prayer ministries. She is passionate about walking alongside women in their journey of faith and witnessing God’s transforming plan for their lives.
Pat believes in taking a break from every day distractions in order to seek after God through the retreat experience.

Treasurer – Lisa Corwin
Lisa has worked in the financial industry for more than 25 years.  She has used her financial, project management, training and process improvement skills to help several non-profit groups meet their goals.

Board Member – Angie Cirone
Angie has 10 years of experience in communications and enjoys helping organizations grow and live out their missions.  She attends Community Life Ministries of Mansfield. Angie works as an Account Executive for Richland Source and teaches communication at North Central State College.

Board Member – Lana Rook
Lana Beros Rook has more than 30 years of experience in sales and sales management in the IT industry.  Lana has served on multiple boards including acting as President of the Miami University Alumni Association and NOHIMSS. She is a member of Bay Presbyterian Church where she has worked in Children’s Ministry in the toddler room for more than 10 years and has served as a deacon the financial committee.

Board Member – Jen Wuersig
Jen has more than 10 years of instructional design and learning management experience. She enjoys being creative and using her communication skills to help reach out and encourage others. She has served as a board member for the local chapter of another non-profit, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she focused on team-building and fundraising. Jen attends Heartland Community Church in Medina with her family and has enjoyed being involved in the Welcome and Women’s ministries.

Volunteer Staff

Retreat Director – Debra Griest
Deb has over 15 years of experience directing retreats and providing spiritual guidance.  She has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation from Ashland University and is an ordained elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Deb is a business consultant and executive coach during the week.

Bookkeeper – Bertha Simpson
Bertha is retired with 29 years of experience in various capacities in the Banking Industry. Her prior experience, the gift of administration and love for God has enabled her to serve in various positions at True Vine Baptist Church during her 13 year membership there.   Currently she serves as the Church Administrator.

Operations Manager Needed – Learn more about this volunteer position
The Operations Manager is the main point of contact as retreat participants register and prepare for the retreat. She also manages most of the administrative details for the ministry.