Shepherd’s Refuge is a wonderful place for those in ministry to get away to find rest and refreshing. The North Georgia Mountain views and silence allow moments for personal rest and reflection.
We went to Shepherd´s refuge during a sabbatical and not only the place but the way we were welcomed was an incredible blessing. The quiet and gentle ways we were provided for helped our souls to settle and go into a listening attitude that encouraged us in unexpected ways.
Beautiful place! Amazing hosts! Exactly what we needed for a time of rest and refreshment. Great place to get in God’s creation and disconnect for a while.
Our stay at Shepherd's Refuge was truly a blessing in so many ways. Thank you for all that you are doing for those that serve in pastoral ministry.
After many years in Eastern Europe I moved back to the States at the end of 2015. I knew it was time to write my book. The story of my Aorta dissection and the 9 1/2 weeks that followed, 3 countries, 3 hospitals, 3 diagnosis, before getting the needed surgery. Now here I am 24 years later getting my thoughts together to write that story intertwined with my journey of Faith. I knew I needed quiet and beauty around me to start this manuscript. I found that at Shepherds Refuge. I loved the cabin, the walks and talks with God, my interaction with Ruedi and Sandy and the north Georgia mountains. I began my book there and hope it to be released very soon. Thank you to all who made my visit possible.
Not only have we personally benefited from R & R at Shepherd's Refuge, but over the past 10-15 years we have referred dozens of others to them for rest and renewal.
-Chaplains Adrien & Debbie Neely
Great place for R & R.
Leave your troubles in the valley and come away for rest & renewal in the beautiful N. GA mountains.
Debbie and I are overdue for a return trip. Highly recommend this retreat to every minister and spouse.
- (Chaplain) Adrien Neely
I have known this family for many years. They are committed, bible-believing Christians! They are using their God given gifts to serve the body of Christ. Their foresight to have this spectacular location where pastors can find respite and their dedication to serve these pastors is inspirational!
Is your pastor in need of a break? Do you know someone who knows someone who is in ministry and is nearing burnout?
Connect them today with this wonderful ministry!
As the hostess of a missionary guesthouse myself I rarely have an opportunity to get away myself. As I walked into the room for me I broke into tears for the special warmth I felt for me. The hosts are very welcoming and that atmosphere is so lovely. It's a beautiful, peaceful place in the mountains. I highly recommend it and have referred many of my guests to Shepherd 's Refuge.
My husband and I stayed here before serving in Southeast Asia. We were really able to settle in and feel peaceful. We spent time hiking, reading and praying. We also played board games and explored the local town.
We’re very thankful for the opportunity to stay at the beautiful cabin and think back our time there so fondly.
My wife and I were blessed more than once, when we spent a week with Reudi and Sandy at Shepherds Refuge. We served as missionaries for over 20 years and the opportunity to get away for a refreshing, recharging and renewing week in the mountains was an exceptional treat. This is not a "job" to them and their group of volunteers who building the cabins. This is a calling, a ministry to God's people. We have been blessed by Shepherds Refuge in the past and perhaps we can visit again someday in the future.
Rob and Connie Taylor
Dios mio! Who encourages the encouragers? Other encouragers! Like Rhuedi and Sandi, who invite weary leaders into their home in order to serve them, with excellence. I have never been around them, that I did not come away a richer person. Their spirit led, spirit filled love for others is contagious and has ripple effects far beyond their borders. We would take our son there for work days that you knew were a good investment. Shepards Refuge may not be world famous, but it's world class!
Pastor Rudi and Sandy are Pastors to Pastors. They have built a refuge for Pastors that need some quiet time from the pressures and demands of their ministries. Their lives are devoted to serving those who serve. Many, many have come to experience the Presence of God and in the quiet and peaceful surrounding they are able to get clear direction, healing and whatever else they need from the Lord. Pastor Rudi and Sandy Are the kindest and most hospitable people I have ever met.
I was studying for my dissertation while leading my congregation and needed a sabbatical to regroup. What a wonderful experience I had at Shepherds Retreat. The host were marvelous and I was able to spend quiet time with my lord, get started on my dissertation (started in February and finished in May after procrastinating for two years for my doctorate). The soothing whirlpool tub and amazing scenery were such a blessing. What an experience.
Shepherd's Refuge is a peaceful place where ministers can come and receive God's restoration and love for themselves. The property is beautiful and the accommodations are so well done. It's a place where the simplicity of life can be found. The hosts are wonderful folks that will respect your needs while you are there whether it be quiet and seclusion or a friendly dinner to enjoy some of the most amazing food around. You will leave refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Shepherd’s Refuge has provided a place to rest, renew, and reconnect. We received a warm welcome each time. The environment is peaceful. When we sought some conversation or counsel, it was there, too.
The purpose and plan for this outreach is carried out perfectly. We have stayed in two different cabins, as well as the loft in the main home at Shepherd’s Refuge. We have had quiet rest, with available conversational counseling time, if desired. The cabins have lovely simple design with anything a couple or individual might need. The on-site directors are helpful and respond quickly to any request.
Shepherd's Refuge is a great place. My wife and I visited in February of 2021. It was a great experience in every way and was so much more than we anticipated. We were able to share with each other without the interruptions of ministry and work like we had not been able to do in a while. It was a very relaxing, refreshing, and great time to just recoup. Our time spent talking and sharing with Reudi and Sandy was the highlight of our time. They are tremendous people who love the Lord and their ministry is above and beyond. You would be blessed to spend the time at Shepherd's Refuge.
My wife and I stayed 3 nights and two days at Shepherds Refuge. It was a wonderful stay. So beautiful, Rudi and Sandy were so friendly and encouraging. They made sure we were well taken care of so we could relax and rest. They also took us to Christ Fellowship Church to visit and partake in some of the North Georgia revival. The area is so beautiful and relaxing in the North Georgia mountains. We stayed in the main lodge which was well maintained and helpful to us and prefer that to the cabins.
I started relaxing as soon as I arrived. The setting is extremely tranquil. Ruedi and Sandy are the ultimate hosts! They are very relaxed yet approachable! They are a very inspirational couple. We left the Refuge feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to return to doing the Lord's work! Shepherd's Refuge is an essential element for anyone committed to doing the Lord's work! They are truly answering their God given call.
Thank you very much!
This trip was so needed and hearts' desires were fulfilled. Shepherds Refuge communicated with us so well before, during, and after and we felt so very welcome. Thank you for wrapping your arms around us as we healed in body, mind, and spirit.
I began to feel the refreshing in my spirit as soon as I turned onto the long driveway up to Shepherds Refuge. Everything about this place is carefully planned and saturated with prayer. The property is beautiful, the accommodations comfortable and the hosts are warm and welcoming but not at all intrusive. They were there for me when I needed them, but left me the time and space I needed to let God do his work in my life during this time of rest, reflections and healing.
Sheperds Refuge is an amazing ministry! Reudi and Sandy have built a beautiful, peaceful retreat that is close to all the amenities (spas, wineries, waterfalls, shopping, etc...) while still being incredibly private. More importantly, they provide encouragement and peace of soul to weary pastors. My wife and I will never forget what a great blessing this was. If you are inclined to give, it's a worthy investment in trustworthy caretakers!
Shepherds Refuge is a great ministry. My wife and I have been several times. It is a place to pause, reflect, rest and connect with the Lord. The Lord has blessed and encouraged us in our ministry as we have taken the time to come away from all the stresses of ministry and just focus on the Lord. Now as a Mission Strategist for Tugalo Association I am encouraging our pastors to take some time away from the business of ministry and to enjoy and benefit from time alone with the Lord. Shepherds Refuge is a God-send and a great blessing to so many that need time with the Lord.
Thanks, Mike Blount
Shepherds Refuge was a great time of refreshing and renewal. Rudie and Sandy were the kindest most gracious hosts. My husband and I came back with a renewed purpose and energy for ministry.
My wife and I stayed at Shepherds Refuge in 2018. We really needed a getaway to reevaluate what God was doing in our ministry. The hospitality was gracious, our room upstairs was great. (Favorite, was the whirlpool tub.) Privacy was at a premium and we only interacted with the owners of the home when we chose to. We had many opportunities to take in the view from the back deck overlooking the mountains and we could hear God's voice. This time alone with the Pastors wife was much needed and will always be cherished. Hopefully we will return again someday for the solitude.
Shepherd's Refuge is a wonderful place, located in a beautiful part of the country. Nestled in the woods atop a mountain in Northeastern Georgia, it is a peaceful haven for those in ministry that need some time away to relax and be rejuvenated. Two very comfortable log cabins and a private room in the host's home are made available for those in full time ministry that need a refreshing time away from all of their many responsibilities. My wife and I have been blessed to spend a week there at three different times. The hosts - Ruedi and Sandy are a such a joy, and our times spent there have been a real gift to us. I would highly recommend the Shepherd's Refuge to anyone in ministry who is in need of a peaceful time and place to relax and be renewed!
God has placed grace upon this special place for those who needs spiritual renewal and restoration. God's presence is all over Shepherds Refuge. We have experienced it for ourselves!
God Grace & Love,
Pastors Miller & Mary
We have been blessed to stay in the Selah cabin three times and we love it! Everything we need is there and it is comfortable and cozy and relaxing. Ruedi and Sandy are excellent hosts and welcoming. We always appreciate their smiles and kind hearts!
Shepherds Refuge lived up to its name and I highly recommend it for pastors and ministry leaders. My wife and I began our sabbatical enjoying a cabin tucked away and unplugged from the world at Shepherds Refuge. The cabin had everything we needed to just focus on our relationship with God and one another. We went on hikes and prayer walks around the cabin and visited local sight seeing venues. Ruedi and Sandy invited us for lunch and we got to share our stories of how God has moved in our lives. The whole time was more than we could ask or imagine. That is how God refreshes the hearts of the saints. I recommend and support this needed effort and hope that many of my colleagues will take the time to take refuge with the Selah ministries. Our goal is to return soon to Shepherds Refuge.
Shepherd's Refuge was a great place for me & my wife to rest, relax, reflect, relate to one another, and and spend time with God thorugh His Word & Prayer.
The hosts were very friendly and hospitable. The Selah Cabin was very spacious, gorgeous, and clean. I have been recommending Shepherd's Refuge to several pastors. We plan to return to be with Reudi & Sandy (the hosts) and stay in Selah Cabin.
We have experienced unmatched hospitality and true sabbath rest, at Shepherd's Refuge, several times, in the past 10 years. It has become our favorite place to seek rest and refreshment in the Lord's presence, whenever we come back to the United States, from service abroad. From the moment you arrive there, you feel the LOVE - from the warm greeting of the hosts, to the delicious home-cooked meals, from the beauty of the property to the sereine atmosphere bathed in the prayers of the team of intercessors, from authentic fellowship to the blessing of "silence", everything speaks of our great Father's love, which refreshes the parched recesses of our souls. A much-needed stop in our frantic lives. A place to come back to. An invitation to cultivate that place of rest and intimacy with the Father, wherever we are.
The service provided to "clients" (pastors and missionaries) is outstanding. A great example of excellence and true dedication on the part of the Shepherd's Refuge team. A big shoutout to all!
Gods blessing and anointing is truly on this ministry. I have never felt more loved, taken care of and relaxed anywhere in 30 years of ministry. Accommodations were first class and so was my hosts. A place to reconnect and re-discover everything that's meaningful in your life. I can't wait to come back
We've come to Shepherd's Refuge for years! It is our annual anniversary celebration spot. Ruedi and Sandi are incredibly gracious hosts and every need is met. The beauty and serenity of the area is used for a time of great refreshing. We intend to keep coming every year!
Wonderfully relaxing oasis for my wife and I. We didn’t realize just how much we needed that time away until we were gifted with this precious retreat.
Shepherd's Refuge- Selah Ministries Inc. provided a much needed respite for me and opportunity to get away and reconnect with God. Which has enabled me to not only grow deeper in my relationship with God, but in turn has impacted those I serve every day. Without their ministry I would not have been able to afford to have the much needed sabbatical to grow and to heal and to hear from God as to what was in the next season ahead of serving. Reudi and Sandi's hospitality and compassion for pastors and lay ministers and their sweet spirits and heart for God are truly a gift and I am so grateful that they have chosen to share that gift with others.
These are some of the nicest people we have ever met! They were so kind to us and considerate.
Their place is absolutely gorgeous!
Highly recommend this ministry.
Pastor David L. Weiss
Cleveland Baptist Church
Punta Gorda, Florida
We stayed in the Selah cabin for a week in September 2015. It was absolutely delightful, restful and restored our souls as the beginning of a 4-month sabbatical.
Mid September 2015, my wife and I spent a week at the Selah Cabin. It was wonderful!!! The beauty of the surrounding woods, the quiet, the very comfortable cabin, the rocking chairs on the deck - need I say more? We left feeling rested and rejuvenated. We highly recommend Shepherd's Refuge and particularly the Selah Cabin as a place to enjoy nature, reflect, pray, write and commune with each other and with God. We'll be back!
The time we spent at Shepherds Refuge was so relaxing and also refueled us forward.The surroundings and accomodations immediatley put our minds and bodies into a state of calm and relaxation. Time to savor the beautiful surroundings, time to reflect, time to rest. What a gift this place is!
Beautiful setting....peaceful and relaxing place for our time away. We enjoyed meeting new friends from around the world as well. We were blessed to enjoy time at Shepherd's Refuge.
Shepherd's refuge truly is a refuge for those in ministry. Spend hours of quiet time with the Lord in the beautiful blue ridge mountains.
My wife and I are both Clergy and pastor 3 churches. Our week escape to Shepherds Refuge is a blessing. We turn off all access to the outside world and enter into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most beautiful setting to be revived and refreshed.
It is a difficult job to be a pastor these days. So I am very grateful that there is a place like "Shepherds refuge" where my soul (and my physical strength) can be refreshed again.
My wife and I have been to Shepherds Refuge twice through the years, the stays separated by ten years. The first stay came at a time of discernment for what's next in ministry for us. Through our warm hosts and home we did hear from the Lord, a still small assurance. The second came as part of a long needed sabbatical. My wife and spent unhurried time, healing, reading to each other, walking, exploring, praying and just being together. Both experiences affirmed the work of God within and refreshed our souls for the next leg of the journey. And thanks for the exceptional hospitality and kind hearts and souls of our hosts.
One week at this wonderful refuge helped me to recharge and release a year's worth of stress as a bi-vocational Pastor. Ruedi and Sandy are warm and attentive hosts... dialed in to all their visitors' needs. Heartily recommended!
I have been amazed by the quality of hospitality that we have experienced each time visiting Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries !
Reudi and Sandy are not just great hosts they have become real friends that have been a real source of joy and encouragement over the years!
We are so grateful for having found Shepherds Refuge!
Jeff and Vêronique
Shepherd's Refuge has been an incredible gift to our family. The time to be able to get away and stay somewhere for free to rest and replenish our souls is invaluable. Taking the time to plan a trip there each year is a MUST for us.
I have never considered taking a sabbatical or even knew I needed one. My wife found SHEPERD'S REFUGE on line and checked into it and we decided to go. It almost sounded too good to be true. Ruedi and Sandy were the perfect hosts. I found a book written by one of their friends that I could not put down. We stayed in "the upper room". It was most comfortable and private. Absolutely 1 of the greatest things I have ever done for my wife and me. I HIGHLY recommend this place.
We first visited Shepherd's Refuge several years ago. We were the first from our ministry (Operation Mobilization) to have the opportunity of a brief respites from our labors. Ruedi and Sandy were wonderful hosts for our three night of resting and refreshing. We came back a few years later as the first guest to stay at the Selah Cabin, a facility that we supported with financial gifts. We were glad that we could be both "clients served" and "donors" for this ministry. We knew what a blessing it would be of more persons could get away to Shepherds Refuge to get recharged for ministry. We totally enjoyed our time at Shepherds Refuge and I was even more relaxed than the attached picture shows! We will continue to support this ministry.
Shepherd's Refuge is amazing. I came very heavy and weighted down, but left refreshed and restored. The accommodations were very comfortable and relaxing. I wasn't sure how I would handle the isolation of the location, but it definitely was exactly what I needed. Ruedi and Sandi are amazing hosts and my life was impacted forever by the experience.
Ruedi and Sandy did a wonderful job of making us feel so welcomed and relaxed at Shepherds Refuge, and we loved the opportunity to interact with them and share our stories. As overseas missionaries, having a quiet place to retreat to for a week, that is affordable, is a priceless blessing. It enabled us to recharge our spiritual as well as physical batteries, and the setting, in a lovely log cabin nestled in the woods of the beautiful Georgia mountains, was contemplative and restorative. The proximity to wonderful hikes, like Amicalola Falls, was just another perk!
We had an amazing experience at shepherd’s refuge! Ruedi and Sandy were amazing hosts! The property was beautiful, secluded and well maintained. Our room was nice and cozy, just want we need for our stay! We love and support this ministry. It’s so specific and needed.
My husband and I have personally benefitted from our annual prayer retreat at Shephard’s Refuge. We have left the retreat feeling refreshed and ready to serve our congregation faithfully.
It was a wonderful weekend of rest and relaxation in this beautiful home and setting. The hosts were wonderful and welcoming. The meals were amazing! Sweet, loving couple. I would love to come again.
The Pregnancy Center
My husband who is a pastor of care and counseling and myself stayed with Shepherds Refuge for a week to "get away" and truly felt refreshed after times of solitude, hiking nearby forests, whitewater rafting and most of all the kind hospitality of our hosts. They "went the extra mile" to let us do laundry, share an occasional meal, use all their facilities, pet their dog - it felt like home! They were willing to listen without being intrusive and shared of their own lives in such a way that we felt an instant kinship with them. To all who help provide this special place, THANK YOU!!!
There was nothing to do but we with the Lord and rest! In my three days there I put together a puzzle, read, slept, danced in worship, cooked and spent time with Jesus. An ideal time of retreat! Ruedi and Sandy we’re very welcoming and easy to communicate with.
I sought their ministry before needing to make an important life decision. The space and prayers they gave supported all my needs wonderfully. Now, a year after that decision, I have confidence in the path I’m on! Thank you both greatly!
My wife and I were so very blessed for a second time to enjoy a time of retreat at Shepherd's Refuge. Ruedi and Sandy are so very gracious and hospitable. Visiting with them is an enriching experience. We also enjoyed meeting two of their board members. The facilities are very nice. The atmosphere is restorative. We highly recommend!
I had the blessing of staying at Shepherd's Refuge in April of 2015. I was at a time in my life when I was mourning the loss of my younger brother and was feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of ministry. I have no doubt it was the LORD who led me to this blessed place; as nine days after my return home I lost my mother. While nothing can prepare one for such a devastating loss, I believe God allowed me this time of rest and restoration to strengthen me for what was to come.
Pastors Ruedi and Sandy received me with such love that I immediately felt at home. During my stay, I was honored to sit at their table for various meals. More than the delicious food, however, the greater blessing was the opportunity to listen to them relay stories from the many years of ministry experience that God has afforded them. Shepherds Refuge sits in an idyllic location, tucked away, in a world all its own. I had times of refreshing as I walked the grounds, as I spent time alone in my quarters - aptly named "The Upper Room", driving through the quaint nearby towns, sitting on the wraparound porch enjoying the majestic views, or just spending time in their beautiful den with their gorgeous dog.
Shepherd's Refuge is a place like no other and I am eternally grateful for it and the ministry of Pastors Ruedi and Sandy.
If you are looking for the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the world, then this is the place for you. My wife and I have been here three times in the past five years and we always leave refreshed and energized. A wonderful place to unplug and listen to God speak. The hosts are wonderful and there is no "hidden agenda" while you are staying there. It is your time to do as you please. I love that there is no TV or internet connections in the cabins. Just peace and quiet. Fair warning, once you stay here, you will come back!
My wife and I absolutely fell in love with this place. To be able to go to a place and have peace and quite from the everyday hustle and bustle of a pastor's life is beyond words. If you are a pastor, you MUST go here. Everyday I would walk the trails and sit on a prayer bench and do nothing but listen to the leaves fall (and yes you can hear them falling), the birds singing and the squirrels playing. It was so refreshing. We have already made our reservations for 2015 and 2016. It will be our annual retreat as long as the good Lord allows us to go. You cannot go wrong in coming here if you need refreshed.
Had a great experience with Shepherd's Refuge! I found them very easy to work with and a clear heart to serve others through their ministry! It's a beautiful setting and very reasonable cost. Would highly recommend!
I found shepherd's refuge in a particular point of need. Not only were they available but their particular ministry enabled me to meet specific personal and ministry goals during my time with them. The Lord used that time in special ways! Ruedi and Sandy Mettler are amazing servants and now dear fellow-believers that I would consider long-term friends. The setting and facilities of Shepherd's Refuge are well suited to their goals of providing a quiet, beautiful, close to nature opportunity to recover, recharge, and recalibrate in the Lord and in His Word. I thank the Lord for Shepherd's Refuge.
Wow. What an incredible blessing Shepherd's Refuge is to pastors.
Balancing marriage, family & ministry all on a shoe-string budget is difficult. Wouldn't trade it for anything, but it is tough. Providing a place for my wife and I to slow down and be together with each other and the Lord is such a blessing.
I believe investing in Shepherd's Refuge not only blesses pastors, marriages, but also the congregations they serve. Thank you for blessing our family and our people.