Ministerial stress is well documented as an ever-growing problem across the entire denominational spectrum. According to Dr. Archibald Hart and H.B. London, experts in the field of clergy care, ministers are involved in the more emotionally hazardous and stressful of all vocations. The end result of the ever-increasing and constant demands of the ministry often leads to burnout, stress-related health problems, and other significant negative consequences to personal and professional life.

Missionaries are equally at risk, often isolated and removed from essential resources for rest, renewal, and growth. 50% of those who leave their careers in the ministry cite burnout as the main reason.


At Nehemiah Ministries we are seeking those who see the need and, with careful consideration and prayerful preparation, will stand with us in facing the task of rebuilding the walls in these lives.

“Come, let us rebuild the wall. Let us start the rebuilding…” Nehemiah 2:17, 18

This was the cry of a servant of God with a heart for that which was dear to God: the condition of the holy city, Jerusalem. Once a jewel of beauty and honor, it had fallen into disgrace, guarded now by broken walls and burned gates.

Today, the condition of marriage and family relationships of those involved in Christian ministry too often reflects that which was true of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day. The increasing pressures of this ministry, combined with the continual deterioration of the culture’s moral fabric, foster a devastating attrition rate among those in this vocation.


A place for ministers to retreat, relax, and refresh themselves in its natural beauty since 1996.

Nehemiah Ministries began in 1996 in the hearts of Ron and Jeanne DeHaas when God inspired a desire in them to assist those in pastoral ministry or missions who needed help with marriage, family, or personal issues. It was in that year that God graciously provided the 130-acre property now known as Nehemiah Ministries. Nestled in the Maple River Valley Basin, Ron and Jeanne envisioned a place for ministers to retreat, relax, and refresh themselves in its natural beauty. The lovely two-bedroom guesthouse with full kitchen, laundry, and bathroom facilities would make this particular place a “home away from home.”


Nehemiah Ministries has a doctrinal statement of faith-based upon Biblical truths.

We believe in one God, creator, and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally co-existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4, Heb 1:2-3; Matt 3:16-17; Matt 28:18-19; John 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14).

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God and the complete revelations of His will for the salvation of mankind, and the divine and final authority for all faith, life, and practice (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Eph. 1:13; Deut. 8:3; Ps. 119; Is. 40:8; Acts 20:32).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration and renewal for believers in Jesus Christ and that He makes the presence of Jesus Christ real in believers and enables them to live in a manner that honors God (Titus 3:4-7; John 7:37-39; John 14:16-18; Eph. 3:16-19; Rom. 8:11-16).

We believe that the shed blood and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and his physical resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness, salvation, and sanctification for all who believe in Christ alone; everyone who is born of the Holy Spirit by the faith alone through grace alone becomes a child of God (Rom. 3:21-23; I Cor. 15:1-7; 2Cor. 5:21; John 1:12-13; Gal 2:16).

We believe that all events, both good and bad, are controlled by the Sovereign God; who administers all things for His intended pleasure, which displays His ever-present desire for the good of His people (1 Chron. 29:11-12; Ps. 24:1; Ps. 47:7; Ps. 135:6; Is. 46:10; Dan. 4:35; Rom 8:28-30).



We offer counseling services for those who may be in need. Contact us for more information. 

Out Retreat Center is situated on 130+ acres nestled in the Maple River Valley, 5 miles south of Owosso, Michigan.