Deer Ridge Ministries - Illinois

by David
(Freeport, Illinois)

Located in Freeport, IL, Deer Ridge Ministries provides 5-day retreats for pastors, missionaries and spouses. Provided as a gift, these retreats are Sabbath rest experiences. We do not accommodate children. A beautiful king-size suite and all meals are included. The 6800 sq ft retreat house is situated on 5 acres in a beautiful quiet and wooded setting. There are five suites available for our guests. Registration requests are submitted on our web site: Founded: 2003



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Sep 01, 2016
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Great and Restful
by: Cal Callison

This was our second time at Deer Ridge. We were there this year in June of 2016 and previously in 2014. We were in the midst of a ministry transition and having a solid 5 days of prayer and reflection time was incredible. The rest that we were allowed was invigorating and helped prepare us for the months of transition that followed. We have recommended Deer Ridge to many friends in ministry and will continue to do so. Make your reservation request today!

Aug 11, 2016
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Exceeded All Expectations!
by: Dan and Grace Hurd

We had a wonderful God-returning, soul-refreshing, people-enjoying, retreat! The accommodations were outstanding... as were the meals! The self-directed retreat path we chose met us right where we were at -- "Refreshment for the Weary Soul". We hope for the privilege to attend again!

Aug 02, 2016
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Restful Get-away Retreat
by: Marilyn & Bruce Henry

We enjoyed our stay immensely. It was a great place to sleep, relax, pray, read, and be treated like royalty. We were given freedom from responsibilities and expectations. It was evident everywhere how much thoughtfulness was put into even the smallest details.

The devotional tracks we could choose from were well put together and augmented our purposes for being there. Meals were a highlight of each day. Louise and her helpers made every one as much a visual delight as they were delectable to eat! We enjoyed fresh flowers each night on the dining room table and followed each dinner with friendly conversation starters. We were genuinely blessed with connections formed with our fellow guests. We couldn't have chosen more delightful people!

David and Louise spent time to get to know each us individually and we could sense their genuine desire to be an encouragement to us in our ministries.

Jul 28, 2016
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Restful, rejuvenating, highly recommend Deer Ridge!
by: Mike & Beth Wilson, Indiana

We are so glad we spent a week with the Deckers at Deer Ridge. It was just what we needed, more than we hoped for and can't wait to return someday.

The house is beautiful, peaceful, full of books and resources. The property is so nice with deer showing up at sunset. The prayer chapel is a special place, where we were able to reconnect with God and each other as we soak in His presence.

The meals were amazing. Louise is a fabulous cook. Each meal felt special, that thought and attention went into deciding what to serve. Dinner was special with conversation and encouragement both from the Deckers as well as the other guests. They have thought of everything and the attention to the small details of the retreat make it so special.

We will be sharing Deer Ridge Ministries with other ministry couples we know and hope to return someday to again soak up a wonderful week of rest and renewal.

One of the reasons we choose Deer Ridge was that there was no 'schedule', no sessions to attend as part of the retreat. (Just dinner) The individual curriculum they offer is wonderful-- and with many choices. I loved having the permission to take a nap, take a walk, enjoy the sunset, read a book without a schedule. I'm so thankful for our week away. What a blessing to us!

Jun 24, 2016
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Promises Delivered
by: Jim Bertoti

After looking and praying about where to spend the beginning of my sabbatical leave, God directed me to Deer Ridge Retreats. Looking at the website, it promised all the amenities of home minus the hustle and bustle of daily routines. Boy, did they deliver on their promise! The setting was beautiful and serene; the retreat house is spacious and exceptionally clean; the chapel was the perfect place to worship and reconnect with God; the food was delicious and plentiful (Louise is an awesome cook!); and the fellowship with the Deckers was meaningful and priceless. Their hearts for pastors were evident from the welcome handshake to the hug goodbye! I arrived a stranger, but left a friend who had been encouraged and affirmed!

If you are looking for a place to relax, rest and get refreshed ... They deliver on the promise! You won't be disappointed! I know I will be making a return visit!

Apr 10, 2016
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Green Meadows
by: Jim Egli

This was our third retreat at Deer Ridge. I would encourage other pastors to take advantage of these retreats, whether at Deer Ridge or elsewhere. It's a wonderful opportunity to rest in green meadows and let God restore your soul. We deeply appreciate the loving ministry of David and Louise and their team at Deer Ridge. We left refreshed and recharged and ready to serve Jesus and his church with fresh energy and strength.

Oct 21, 2015
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Amazing retreat, even more amazing people!
by: Tim Caraway

This retreat was exactly what we needed. We got to unplug from all work and distractions, how often can you do that at home??

DRM offers a quiet, peaceful environment for you to spend time with Jesus and your spouse. The hosts are wonderful people, some of the best you will ever encounter. If you are a pastor, you MUST take the time to spend a week at DRM, you will not regret it!

Oct 16, 2015
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Amazing!!
by: Anonymous

We had a wonderful week of rest! The Deckers pampered us and made us feel God's love in a tangible way. I would highly recommend carving out time in your busy schedule and getting it on your calendar.

Oct 16, 2015
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Refreshing
by: Bobby Hopper

Deer ridge is such a tune of renewing, refreshing and a breath of fresh air in a very polluted world. The host, The Deckers, provide the gift of Hospitality, Wisdom, Compassion and many more to allow you to grow closer to God and man.

The meals are absolutely 5 Star and the accommodations are better than any B&B I've ever stayed.

The Chaorl is an incredible splice for personal time with God. I HIGHLY recommend Deerridge to all pastors and spouses.

Oct 09, 2015
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Excellent Week of Rest and Fun
by: Dave and Gretchen Spooner

Highly recommended to pastor's and spouses. Excellent hospitality and accommodations all the way around. Each room has a nice private place of study, bathroom and outstanding bed. Plenty of places to rest, read and pray around the house, on the deck, or out in the yard. They also have a separate cabin for prayer. The Freeport area is very nice, with golf, disk golf, parks, and other interesting places to explore. We had a great time with the other guests and felt loved and respected. Thank you Deckers for your vision and ministry!

Aug 02, 2015
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A Wonderful Gift and Blessing!
by: Robin & Kathryn Tyner

We just returned from spending five delightful days at Deer Ridge and were abundantly blessed in so many ways! It's a great place to invest quality time with God and your spouse.

David and Louise provide a haven of rest, more rest, renewal, and restorative reflection. They partner so well together and clearly are called to provide loving care to God's shepherds. We highly recommend it and look forward to a return visit.

Jun 27, 2015
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Messiah Lutheran, Omaha, NE
by: Greg and Kim

In a rhythm of abiding and fruitfulness, rest and work, Deer Ridge is the perfect retreat for such abiding and rest, prayer, reflection, renewal and more rest. The hospitality is gracious and generous. The accommodations are five star. The food is bountiful and delicious. The fellowship, encouraging and joy-filled. David and Louise have fully embraced a ministry of caring for caregivers. As return visitors, we will continue to make Deer Ridge a part of our personal and ministry rhythms. Blessings and Thank you!

May 12, 2015
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Amazing Retreat Center
by: Shannon B

We just spent a peaceful week at Deer Ridge. We came home refreshed and ready to jump back into ministry. The house is wonderful, meals were great, fellowship and self studies were helpful. They also have a prayer chapel for time alone. We highly recommend Deer Ridge!

Apr 22, 2015
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Peaceful and refreshing
by: Dave & Connie Powers

Our time at Deer ridge was both peaceful and completely refreshing. The time spent in the prayer cabin, walking the grounds and neighborhood, watching the deer roam the backyard, and listening to the songbirds in the moring while laying in bed, were all things which infused us with the love of God and the feeling of a renewed call from God. We also enjoyed the time to meet new ministry friends and hear how God is working in their lives and ministry. What a great week! We really feel ready for what God has next for us and our church. Thank you David & Louise for your love and care.

Dec 20, 2014
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Highly Recommended
by: Nate Frantz

My wife and I loved our time at Deer Ridge. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but it was definitely the most refreshing time I have had in the last 6 years. It is so nice to turn off life, phones, technology, and even little responsibilities here and there and spend four days seeking Gods face in the Word and prayer with my wife. I could not recommend it more.

Oct 14, 2014
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A Gift Remembered
by: John & Gail

Today we stop to remember the wonderful gift that Deer Ridge Ministries gave to us in May of this year. David and Louise were gracious hosts and have an obvious heart for pastoral couples and the ministry of the local church. We felt very well cared for. We thank God for you David and Louise!

Oct 02, 2014
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A Great Place to Experience God
by: Ron & Star Nelson of Sowing Seeds of Joy

The word of God warns us "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." My wife and I recently journeyed to Freeport, IL., and well, we are aware that our hosts at Deer Ridge Ministries are indeed angels. We were encouraged, pampered, and challenged to rest in the arms of Christ during our 5-day stay. It was simply wonderful! We had a joyous and delightful experience with God. Through our angels, God provided delicious meals, splendid lodgings, stunning comfort and scenery, and meal-time conversation which were sincere and genuine. The experience was a much needed breath of fresh air - An experience we highly recommend. Thank you Lord for the angels you provide. Amen!

Sep 16, 2014
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Refreshing week - we are grateful!
by: Anonymous

My wife and I had a wonderful week of renewal and refreshing a few weeks ago at Deer Ridge in Freeport IL. We shared the week with three other pastor couples.

The ministry is a class act. The accommodations are extraordinary. The quality of the facility and the privacy provided is excellent. The attention to detail is noticeable.

The balance between connecting with other couples and the freedom to create one's own schedule is appreciated. Each evening, we gathered for a dinner that should have been featured each evening on the Food Network. The conversation was rich. The creative cuisine was anticipated each night.

The week will become a regular plan for my wife and I to deepen our personal walk with the Lord and to invest in our marriage relationship.

Thank you ... thank you ... thank you to David and Louise Decker who set a wonderful table, making it available to pastors and spouse regularly. Such a gift!


Aug 03, 2014
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What a great place to relax and be renewed!
by: Blake Canterbury

This is my second time at Deer Ridge and I cannot say enough about it! David and Louise Decker are great as they cook, counsel, and console you into a refreshed and renewed state. It seems like every time I go to Deer Ridge I receive a new word from the Lord and become encouraged to forge on in ministry. I was so blessed again by my stay at Deer Ridge and I can't wait to head back!

Jul 22, 2014
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Much Needed Time with God and Each Other
by: Jason and Tanya Platt

I am so thankful to God for David and Louis Decker, directors of Deer Ridge Ministries in Freeport, IL. My wife and I just came off a very busy season of ministry and were in need of rest. From the moment we arrived, the Deckers made it clear that this was a place set apart by God for that very thing - REST. Our Sabbath rest retreat provided us time: time with God and time with each other. We enjoyed the comfortable and private room, incredible meals, encouraging conversations, and beautiful surroundings. A nearby park was the scene of one of the most fun dates we have enjoyed for a long time. We felt like kids again! Thank you, David and Louise, for answering God's call to provide pastors and their spouses with a special place for rest, refreshment, renewal, and recreation.

Jason Platt, Pastor
Montrose Baptist Church of Chicago

Jun 20, 2014
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A Great Blessing to us
by: Alan & Sheryl - LeGrand, IA

We just spent this past week at Deer Ridge. Our expectations for everything we went there for, rest, relaxation, time with God were met or exceeded. The food was wonderful. The room accommodations were spacious and comfortable. Everything was pristine in condition. David and Louise made us feel at home and also made sure to give us the space and time we needed. SO thankful for our time there.

Jun 13, 2014
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Just what I needed
by: Jeff Brussaly

I was seriously looking for a Pastor's Retreat and when I was directed to Deer Ridge Ministries, I found just what I needed.

The setting was beautiful and relaxing. The home was inviting and aesthetically pleasing in every way. The food was great all the time.

David and Louise Decker are gracious hosts and made it their business to make our time spiritually and relationally meaningful. My desire was to meet with God and I was able to do just that.

I am so very grateful for this ministry provided for us Pastor's and wives. What a need, met!

Jun 10, 2014
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Great Get Away
by: Kyle & Ellen Benefield

We are missionaries in Mazatlan, Mexico. We just visited Deer Ridge and loved it. We had lots of time to read, pray, rest, and relax.

Louise and David treated us like royalty, pampering us with delicious food, kind attention, and encouragement.

We enjoyed borrowing the retreat center bikes and kayaking at the large city park. We would highly recommend a visit.

May 14, 2014
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Rest & Renewall
by: Russ & Vickie Chitwood

My wife and I recently had a much needed rest and healing at Deer Ridge Retreat! David & Louise are warm hosts who encourage you to take time away with the Lord! They pray for your needs but they are not pushy. They let you know that they are there for you anytime. The meals are wonderful and healthy. Dinner is a time where everyone sits down together at the table for food and conversation. The readings at the table are encouraging and the guided questions help us to open up and share! If you need a place to come and heal and refocus then this is the place to come too. Very thankful for the new friends we met and for servents like David & Louise!

May 13, 2014
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R & R Found Here!
by: Brian & Anita White

David & Louise Decker, our host & hostess are uniquely gifted for hospitality & affirmation & encouragement of both pastors & spouses.

They provide a very loose schedule & emphasize rest, napping, prayer & have plenty of literature to refresh & challenge a servant's heart & mind.

The evening meal is always delectable & the guided (& Iimpromptu) conversations foster mutual care & deeper relationships with each other.

Anita & I returned to serve our Lord with renewed vigor!

Blessing on all who make such a retreat a reality!

May 13, 2014
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R & R With a Purpose
by: Anonymous

David & Louise Decker, our hosts, excel at affirming Pastors & their spouses. The Retreat philosophy allows for unstructured schedules with a high emphasis on resting, napping & prayer with lots of reading & collegial conversation available, but not required.

Supper time is an awesome meal with other couples & guided conversation to promote deeper relationships & mutual concern for one another.

Anita & I highly recommend this week of both withdrawal & engagement & thank God for placing pastor's & spouses' needs within the Decker's hearts!

Brian White
Lakeville, Indiana

Feb 06, 2014
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Rest & Renewal
by: Gene & Robin Reitz

From the time we arrived to the time we left we sensed a peaceful, renewing atmosphere. Our hosts, the Deckers, were gracious servants that cared for our every need. Even to the point of making sure the deer were in the yard as we walked up to the home! Ha! David says he has them on a "retainer". We laughed, prayed, studied, engaged in fellowship with one another, and enjoyed excellent meals. It was just a wonderful time to retreat. Or should we say "advance" in our walk with the Lord and each other!? Rest and Renewal...indeed!

Feb 04, 2014
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A Phenomenal Blessing is waiting for you
by: Brian D. Greene

Recently, I had the distinct privilege of going to Deer Ridge Retreat for a five-day sabbath rest.
I can assuredly say, after being there, that I definitely needed this sabbath rest. My experience has rekindled a fervent desire for closer fellowship with Jesus Christ and His precious Spirit.
The atmosphere at Deer Ridge is at once restful, peaceful, yet also spiritually stimulating; invigorating. The directors of this retreat conduct this ministry with the highest level of quality and love. I have returned so touched by Christ's love through His Spirit and His people. I simply cannot emphasize enough what a treasure this ministry is and encourage ministers and missionaries to partake of this extraordinary blessing.

Nov 07, 2013
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Just Go!
by: Tim Ehrhardt

My wife and I were truly looking for rest and renewal, and found it. Dave and Louise are wonderful hosts, the accommodations reflect relaxation, and the ability to connect with both God and spouse is abundant. Just go; you'll be glad you did.

Aug 19, 2013
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Humble hospitality
by: Brad Beier

Dave and Louise are humble servants of the King who open their hearts and this beautiful home to other servants who just need a place to experience grace, love, and the fellowship of other brothers and sisters. There is space and time to just get away and do whatever one needs to be refreshed and renewed, and then there is sweet time around the dinner table and (if you choose, other meals) to enjoy well-crafted, delicious food with other brothers and sisters. I was so grateful for this gift from God. Thank you Dave and Louise, and to all the supporters who make this possible.

Aug 05, 2013
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Relaxed and Blessed
by: Joaquin and Raquel

We had a wonderful time at DRM! They provided us with first class accommodations, first class meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The environment is so appropriate for a week of rest and relaxation. Louise and David are wonderful hosts that are able to relate to the pressures and stresses of ministry. We left encouraged, relaxed and blessed!

Aug 04, 2013
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Pastor
by: Joaquin and Raquel

We had a wonderful time at DRM! The accommodations were 1st class as well as the meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Louise and Dave are so special and they make the retreat as pleasant and rewarding as possible. We were blessed to get to know so wonderful ministers who participated in the retreat that week. We left encouraged, relaxed and motivated to continue our service for the glory of God. Thanks Dave and Louise!

Aug 02, 2013
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Surely the presence of The Lord is in this place
by: Kevin & Cathy DeVries

My wife and I were blessed to be able to stay at Deer Ridge twice now. Both times we heard from God, grew closer to each other, and were recharged for ministry. The presence of God is there, and Dave and Louise are true servants of God. EVERY pastor should go, you will not regret it.

Jun 22, 2013
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Deer Ridge - A Tremendous Blessing!!!
by: Orville and Nadine Williams(Belize)

It has been one year ago, but such a blessing made it seem like yesterday!! We must use this opportunity again to thank David and Louise for their invite to such a wonderful week away from home. The setting, the sumptuous meals, the rest, the comfort, the readings and lessons that rekindled the fire between us......we must say we are eternally grateful to you both.

It is our prayer that God will continue to truly bless your ministry of love to so many pastors and their spouses.

We definitely recommend this retreat for all pastors and their spouses who need to reflect on ministry and rekindle that fire in their marriage.

Jun 15, 2013
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What a Terrific Experience!
by: Blake Canterbury

Deer Ridge isn't just a place to rest, but a place where you can be spiritually renewed. I was worn out and in need of rest and found not only that but good people, good food, and good counsel. I will always look back fondly at my time with David and Louise at Deer Ridge and can't wait to visit them in the future. They were more than good hosts, they became my friends. I highly endorse Deer Ridge Ministries and encourage any Pastor who is seeking rest and renewal to look to my friends at Deer Ridge!

May 13, 2013
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Renewed for Ministry
by: Mike & Janet Hopper

At Deer Ridge, my wife and I were greatly encouraged as we were treated as honored guests by hosts David and Louise Decker. Resting, reading, and reflecting in such a caring environment helped bring renewal to our hearts as we returned to our place of ministry.

May 11, 2013
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Refreshing Week
by: Jim & Vicki Egli

We deeply appreciate this haven of rest for pastors. It provides the place and space that we need to connect with God, his purposes and one another in a deep way!

Apr 26, 2013
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Refreshing
by: Gabe and Wendy

Deer Ridge was an amazing oasis of rest and relaxation. David and Louis do a fantastic job caring for pastors and wives while giving them lots of space to rest and hear from the Lord. The facilities are beautiful and extremely well kept. The food is absolutely delicious. We would highly recommend Deer Ridge and look forward to returning in the future!

Nov 13, 2012
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Amazing!
by: Andrew and Marnie Rilling

This was a great sabbattical rest for us...from the beautiful home and surroundings to the "above and beyond" way we were treated, we instantly found ourselves in a place where we could quiet our hearts and lives and just be in God's presence and at rest. We were both amazed and humbled by both the love and the heart for pastors that David and Louise shared! We would highly recommend this retreat center to all pastors!

Oct 22, 2012
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You can hear God's voice.
by: Jim Wing

At a recent Deer Ridge retreat, I decided one morning to be quiet before God and ... listen. I asked God for a number - a chapter in Psalms - that He wanted me to read. After just a few minutes, the number 42 came to mind. I opened my Bible to read, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God." I confessed that I rarely just long after God for who He is. A quiet heart, a listening ear, a timely Scripture, a humbled heart, a restored soul. That's one of many things I experienced at Deer Ridge. Thank you, David and Louise. Five stars isn't enough.

Sep 26, 2012
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Excellent!
by: The Burtons

From the moment we stepped out of the car, we felt the peace and presence of the Lord! The accommodations are very beautiful and clean. This Sabbath retreat is done right. Thank you David and Louise for being great hosts! It is our desire to return again!

Aug 20, 2012
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
by: The Masons

Look up the term, TLC – Tender Loving Care, in the dictionary and a picture of Deer Ridge Ministries will be found. The ministry is a precious gift from the Lord. During the week you will be reminded that God really does know your needs, and that’s why He created Dave, Louise, and Deer Ridge Ministries.

Beyond first class accommodations and meals, the presence of the Lord is felt as soon as you begin to follow the road and drive onto the property. That feeling only becomes more intense as you enter the retreat house and find yourself surrounded by the love of the Lord.

No tricks, it’s true! Go, be pampered and loved, and refreshed as you spend time with the Lord as well as an amazing host couple. God ordained it just for you!

Aug 06, 2012
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Exactly what we have longed for!
by: Suzy Erb

After 25 years in full-time pastoral ministries, we have finally found a place that God uses to restore and refresh those who serve Him. We were welcomed with open arms and hearts. The food, fellowship and freedom to relax were all amazing. David and Louise had study tracks available that guided us through books, CDs, and DVDS in order to help us relax and restore. We rested, prayed, read, walked and drew closer to God as well as to each other. We are thankful for the time that we had and believe that every pastor/missionary would benefit from the encouragement that Deer Ridge Ministries has to offer. We are forever grateful to God for our time at Deer Ridge. May God Bless All Who Enter These Doors!

Jul 21, 2012
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Heavenly!
by: The Monkemeiers

This was our second retreat at Deer Ridge, and once again, it was a huge blessing. The quiet atmosphere, the fabulous food, the freedom just to "be", and the beautiful surroundings all added to the peace and rest we craved. We're already discussing a date for our third visit. We highly recommend it!

Jul 18, 2012
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Wonderful Retreat
by: The Kruegers

This is a beautiful, restful, amazing retreat center. This was our first time going and we were very impressed. The atmosphere is relaxing and the food is the best! We would recommend this place to anyone and will return ourselves.

Jun 05, 2012
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Decompress at Deer Ridge!
by: Gary Kirst

I think that's the word that most summarizes my wife's and my stay at Deer Ridge: decompression. Or to be more precise: sanctified decompression! I didn't realize how tired I had become. What a joy to reconnect with my wife, with the Lord, and with the simple joys of life (as we went on walks, watched good movies, ate delicious food). I highly recommend a week here to revive the soul and rekindle that passion for ministry.

Jun 01, 2012
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Seems too Good to be True
by: Anonymous

Deer Ridge is exactly as nice as it looks on the web site. The Deckers were accommodating and gracious. The food was delicious. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and reflection.

I would recommend any minister to take a trip to Freeport.

Mar 26, 2012
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The Best Host and Stay available!!!
by: Jeff and Karessa Hart

David and Louise of Deer Ridge Ministries are just down right amazing people! They set the standard for Sabbatical Resting places..... We had never been to a retreat of any kind because we did not know that they existed. After learning about Deer Ridge we decided to give it a try. We drove from South Carolina all the way to upstate Illinois to spend a week with the Deckers and 4 other couples. It was a time of rest and renewal. They waited on us hand and foot!! All we had to do was show up to eat....it was GREAT! The Deckers were there if we needed to talk or needed anything. They made us feel so special. They inspired us. Since staying with them we have come back to South Carolina and opened our own retreat at Little River, SC. We do not have the wonderful Bed and Breakfast set up that Deer Ridge Ministries has, however they did inspire us to set something up for Pastors and their spouses in the south. We encourage all that are interested to get away and spend some time with them. David and Louise, thanks again for the time away, for inspiring us and for loving us during that week.....we will forever cherish that time and the friendship that we have now. Blessings to you my friend, Jeff & Karessa Hart

Feb 07, 2012
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Above and Beyond
by: Anonymous

David and Louise of Deer Ridge Ministries are top notch in providing a place of "refreshment" for pastors and their wives. I've been blessed to attend a sabbatical rest at two different times and they were so good at making me feel "right at home". If you need time away or a time to reconnect with God then I would highly recommend Deer Ridge Ministries! I promise you will not be disapppointed!

Feb 05, 2012
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We've been to Deer Ridge FOUR TIMES!!!!!
by: David and Melanie Rathel

For my wife and I Deer Ridge came at just the right time. We were planting a Church in Georgia and we had gotten so dangerously tired that we stopped feeling tired and just started feeling sad. The biggest blessing for us came when David Decker returned my phone call and told me that the retreat really was FREE that year! We actually attended Deer Ridge during the third week of its existence. All we had to do was get there. We were not only tired, but broke too! Going from the blazing heat of the south in the middle of the summer to northern Illinois was one of the best parts for us. David and Louise treated us like we were their family, fed us like royalty, and taught us one of the most valuable lessons we've ever learned - TO REST! Every time we have returned Deer Ridge got sweeter and the Deckers loved us more deeply. We now consider the Deckers some of our closest friends. Thank God for Deer Ridge. I don't know what we would have done

Jan 31, 2012
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Soulful Rest
by: Harry Walls, III

My wife Marian and I are simply in love with David & Louise and their wonderful ministry to pastors & spouses. We've traveled to Freeport from St.Louis, MO a number of times over the years to take advantage of the free pampering that they do. My wife has even traveled by train to attend the pastor's wives gathering. Every pastor should make it their business to get alone with the Lord and their spouse at one of Deer Ridge's retreats. It is an oasis of rest and relaxation and reconnecting with the Lord and each other.

Jan 23, 2012
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From Florida and certainly worth the trip!
by: Fred & Deb Perkins

When we went to Deer Ridge Ministries, we didn't know what to expect. All we knew was that we needed something. Wow, what a reTREAT this was! We were met with a warm welcome and made to feel at home immediately. Then we were given time... Time to unwind, time to think, time to reconnect with each other and with God, time to share with other pastors and wives. We found David & Louise to be wonderful hosts who really understand ministry. We were blessed by their hearts and wisdom. We loved the fact that not really much of anything was expected of us...except to slow down. A daily syllabus, that took a short time each day for us to do...and helped us in our inner revival, wonderful books that edified, movies to enjoy, meals that are delightful, fellowship around the table that was real and much needed "alone" time.

We cannot express how very important it is for every pastor to take advantage of this fantastic ministry. We came away revived, refocused, and ready to face the realities of the ministry world. If you're reading this as a church member, please SEND your pastor. He needs it!

Jan 20, 2012
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Wonderful place of peace and rest!
by: Earl and Rinnea Wetter

We were treated like VIPs! Deer Ridge gave us a greatly needed gift of peace and rest away from a stressful situation in our church. Dave and Louise were so kind, warm, and encouraging. Our meals could be featured on the Food Network...simply delicious. We enjoyed a nearby biking trail and long walks together. We can't say enough good things about it and we hope to come back again soon.

Jan 20, 2012
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definitely will return!
by: Pastor Lyle

Deer Ridge is a wonderful place to totally step back and regain your strength. It is so well prepared for your time. From the beautiful facilities and grounds, to the food, to the host and hostess just being so aware of what a Sabbath should be for a pastor and spouse, it is healing. You leave feeling "spoiled" and loved.

We went while transitioning into a new ministry and it was the rest and prayer space I needed to reflect and reconnect with my wife to be ready for the next chapter.

I highly recommend Deer Ridge. You will want to return.

Jan 20, 2012
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Deer Ridge recommendation
by: Andrea Vernon

We have been "retreat-ers" for about eight years and Deer Ridge is our FAVORITE place to go.

David and Louise are just fantastic. Their heart is for pastors and their mission is to minister to pastors and their wives; to make them feel loved, valued, and appreciated. They are such a blessing as they share wisdom and compassion from the heart of God. If you want to talk, they are there for you. If you want to be left alone, that's okay too!

The setting itself compares to the best B&B's in the country. The beds are comfy, and the decor is lovely. It is beautiful and Louise's cooking is such a treat.

Pastors, if you haven't gone to Deer Ridge, you need to-with your wife. Don't let this year pass by without booking your reservation.

And the best part for pastors-IT IS FREE!!!

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