Ministers & Mates Retreat
September 25 @ 6:00 pm - September 27 @ 12:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you and your spouse at Ministers & Mates Retreat September 25 – 27. We are holding the retreat over a weekend: from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. We realize many of you are bi-vocational and/or have working spouses, which makes it difficult for you to attend a mid-week retreat. It is our desire that all of our pastors and spouses are able to be a part of retreat as this is a very valuable time for fellowship, inspiration, and rest.
Room Costs: You need to make your reservations now to get the best rooms available. The number to call is 541-265-2600. Please mention ORPAC Ministers & Mates when you call. If you want to come early or stay an extra night, the Hallmark Resort will give you the same rate for up to 3 days before or after the retreat.
Traditional Single Queen – $111.00
Traditional Double Queen – $124.00
Limited Edition Double Queen – $139.00
Limited Edition King Spa Guestroom – $144.00
The above rates are per night, single or double occupancy and subject to an 11.3% lodging tax.
Note: All reservations must be made with Hallmark Resort by August 25, 2020. After this date, room availability is not guaranteed and rates may be higher. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.
Registration: The cost of the registration this year is $195.00 per couple or $97.50 for an individual. The fee covers Friday night dinner and breakfast Saturday and Sunday. It does not cover your room cost.
Please register below as soon as possible, but no later than August 30th. If you have any questions, please call the district office at 503-581-3950.
Meals: If you have any food allergies or special diet requests, please make a note on your registration.
About Susie Personally…
Susie loves bright colors, the smell of brand-new tennis shoes, burnt hotdogs, sock monkeys and laughing till her sides hurt. She’s fun, creative, and has traveled to every continent in the world—yes, even Antarctica. She’s an OKC Thunder basketball fan and has given the invocation at several of their home games.
Susie grew up in Bethany, Okla., and attended Southern Nazarene University where she served as the first elected female student government president and received a B.A. in Communications with minors in education, English and creative writing. She received her Master’s Degree in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. Susie was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from her alma mater in 2016.
Susie served as a fulltime youth pastor in Conway, Ark., Longmont, Colo., San Antonio, Texas and Bethany, Okla.
After staff ministry, she enjoyed teaching speech, English, drama and creative writing in the public school system.
Her public school experience was interrupted with an invitation to join Focus on the Family who hired her to create a magazine for teen girls. Brio was launched in March of 1990, and Susie served as editor for nearly two decades. During that time, she also launched a spin-off magazine for older girls called Brio & Beyond. She also started a book line for teens girls, began overseas mission trips for guys and girls (which still continues today—see the missions section on this Web site) and produced two mother/daughter cruises.
In 2009, due to economic problems, Focus on the Family discontinued their teen products and dismissed the youth staff. Susie, already an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, entered fulltime evangelism while launching a new magazine for teen girls titled SUSIE Mag. She was against naming it after herself, but the marketing team at the new publisher’s insisted on using her name as a bridge of familiarity for Christian teen girls wondering what happened to Brio. Three years later, she changed the title to SISTERHOOD Magazine (see link for more information).
Susie continued as editor until 2014 and then stepped away from the daily tasks to concentrate more on fulltime speaking and writing. (See schedule if you’re interested in her speaking.)
She has been a guest on the former “Montel Williams Show,” “Fox News” and CNNs HLN (Headline News Network).
Susie was honored by Southern Nazarene University in 2000 with The Centennial Award, and October 6, 2010 Olivet Nazarene University awarded her the Reed Institute Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award.
Friday, September 25
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. – Arrival / Registration
6:00 – 7:15 P.M. – Dinner – Salon Room (downstairs)
7:15 – 9:00 P.M. – Session 1
9:00 P.M. – Fellowship/Snacks
Saturday, September 26
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. – Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 A.M. – Session 2
10:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Free Time – Lunch & Dinner on your own
7:00 – 8:45 P.M. – Session 3
Sunday, September 27
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. – Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 A.M. Session 4
8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – Check-out Time
**subject to change as the date becomes closer