Ministers and PK Retreat2019-01-15T14:23:47+00:00
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Fun, fellowship and spiritual renewal!

Another record attendance at last year’s Ohio Ministers & PK Retreat has our team of leaders working hard to make our 2019 getaway one you won’t soon forget! I’m personally looking forward to our time together as ministers and spouses because I sense tremendous confirmation about the direction our main services will be heading.

There was such an overwhelming response to the dynamic ministry of Dr. Tammy Smith at this year’s Ohio Pastors’ Wives Retreat, I’ve invited her to be our morning session speaker for Ministers & PK Retreat. Tammy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition to serving alongside her husband, Mike, as pastors of Vista Community Church, a multi-site church in Columbus, she continues more than 20 years of specialized service to pastors, missionaries and spouses at her counseling ministry, Threshold.

This year, I’m doing something I’ve never done before – speaking at Ministers Retreat. In our evening sessions, I believe God has given me a word that will encourage many ministers and spouses about God’s fresh, unmistakable anointing for new seasons of ministry and life. Frankly, I can’t wait!

As always, our passionate Student Ministries Team is working hard to make the PK (Pastors’ Kids) portion of this year’s gathering extra meaningful for all our kids, ages 0-18. In addition to age-appropriate sessions for all children, those in grades 6-12 are encouraged to stay with their peers and leaders for the entire retreat, including housing and meals.

If you’ve been before, you already get it – Kalahari’s setting is unparalleled, especially in the middle of winter. If you’re new to Ohio or if you’ve never been able to come before, read on for all the exciting details, and we sure hope to see you this January!

John & Brigette Wootton, Network Superintendent

MinisterMinister & SpouseChildren Birth-5th GradeTeen Meals/Sessions OnlyTeen Meals/Sessions and Housing
Until December 14
Until December 14
Until December 14
Until December 14
Until December 14
Until January 7

Until January 7
Until January 7
Until January 7
Until January 7

2019 Ministers Retreat Speakers

Morning Sessions with
Dr. Tammy Smith
Vista Church

Evening Sessions with
John Wootton
Network Superintendent

Tentative Schedule

Monday, January 14

10a – Event Registration & Hotel Check-in Opens
7p – Opening Session
7p – K-5th Grade Opening Session

Tuesday, January 15

8a – “All Things Possible” Heartland Breakfast
10a – Morning Session
10a – K-5th Grade Morning Session
12p – Free Time
1:30p – Network of Women Ministers Coffee Connections
7p – Evening Session
7p – K-5th Grade Evening Session

Wednesday, January 16

10a – Closing Session
10a – K-5th Grade Closing Session
12p – Event Concludes

Housing Options

Desert Room (Sleeps 4) | $119/Night

Hut Room (Sleeps 6) | $119/Night

Lodge Suite (Sleeps 2 + Sofa & Full Kitchen) | $144/Night

2-Bedroom Combination Suite (Sleeps 6 + Sofa) | $254/Night

3 Bedroom Village Suite (Sleeps 10 + Full Kitchen) | $364/Night

To reserve your room, please call Kalahari Resorts at (419) 433-7200 and ask for the Ohio District Council Ministers Retreat ’19 Room Block.

Room Reservation Cut-off Date: Friday, December 14, 2018

2019 Teen PK Retreat

Tentative Schedule

Monday, January 14

4:45p – Welcome Session
5:30p – Dinner
7p – Evening Session
8p – Late-Night Hang-out
12a – Back to Rooms

Tuesday, January 15

All Day –  Free Time (Breakfast/Lunch in rooms)
5:30p – Senior Dinner w/ Nate
7p – Evening Session
8p – Late-Night Hang-out
12a – Back to Rooms

Wednesday, January 16

9:30a – Check out of Rooms
10a – Closing Session
12p – Event Concludes

Hey, Ohio PKs!

Just want to take a moment to say how much Lisa and I are looking forward to seeing all those in grades 6-12 at the 2019 Ohio PK Retreat at Kalahari! This event is a highlight of the year as PKs from all over Ohio come together, connecting and building friendships that will continue well past the weekend. PK Retreat is filled with great ministry times and lots of fun. We will have powerful worship, impactful preaching, and meaningful free time for connecting with each other.

Each day we will be having fun playing crazy games, eating meals together, and going to the awesome water park, just to name a few. I will also be having a special dinner with the high school seniors, which I totally love! For rooming, you can stay in your parents’ room at night or you can hang out with other PKs and youth leaders in PK hotel rooms if that’s what you want.

Kalahari is an amazing facility – if you’ve never been before, then get ready for lots of fun from the arcade, water park, and great atmosphere. As a pastors’ kid myself, I can tell you how much I appreciated events like this growing up. We hope you can join us at Kalahari with a group of amazing young people who know what it is like to live the life of a PK. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself ( or my assistant Carly Sage ( Don’t miss this retreat, and we look forward to seeing you there! (See registration link above.)

-Nate Ortiz
Network Youth Director


Teens have the option of staying in your room for a reduced registration rate or to stay in a room with other kids of the same age and gender. These rooms will be supervised by adult leaders many of which are youth pastors or PKs themselves.

It depends on whether or teens are staying with their parents. If your teen is staying in your room, then services and activities including the water park, PK Retreat T-shirt, dinner on Monday night and lunch and dinner on Tuesday are all covered.

If he/she is staying with the youth, everything above plus their room and breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday morning are covered in the registration fee.

After teens check in at registration with their parents on Monday, they will also need to check in between 3:00 and 4:30 pm on Monday at the Registration Booth D in the hallway leading to Cypress to meet their leader. PKs staying in teen housing (not with their parents) will need to bring their luggage at that time.

Parents can check with our leaders at Registration Booth D in order to get in contact with their teen. Room leaders will also provide their cell phones to teens and parents during the check in process.

If your child has allergies or food sensitivities, please email us at so that special arrangements can be made with Kalahari.

Staff will not administer medication. Parent are responsible to ensure that students get the necessary medication. Teens may administer their own medication at the parent’s discretion.

Ill students will not be permitted to attend. This includes teens with a fever over 100⁰. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours prior to attending.

Although there is no specific dress code, we ask that parents use good judgement in deciding what a teen should wear at an event of this nature.

2019 PK Jr. (Ages Birth – 5th Grade)


Meals are not provided for children so please be sure that your child eats prior to being checked in. Children will receive a light snack during the sessions. If infants require feeding while in care, please be sure to leave instructions for the staff at check in.

Yes. Children must be checked in before each session at the designated check-in area. Each child will be issued a label along with a matching parental identification tag to be used for pick up.

Staff will be ready to receive children 30 minutes before each main session.

At check in, parents will be asked to provide their cell phone number and someone will text you if you are needed during the service.

Children ages 2+ rotate to different activities throughout the sessions. If you need to find your child during the services, please go to their classroom and there will be a sign on the door telling you where your child can be found.

Snacks include pretzels, gold fish crackers, popcorn, and chocolate chip cookies. If your child is unable to have these snacks, please plan to send a snack with them.

Staff will not administer medication to children. Parents will be responsible to give children any medication needed.

For the safety of all children, ill children will not be permitted to attend. This includes children with a fever over 100⁰. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours prior to attending.

Hey Ohio PKs!

We CAN NOT wait to spend a few days with you and your kids in January! Whether they are infants or our very own 5th graders, we are excited to spend time with all your littles at PK Retreat at Kalahari. This will be a perfect time for myself and our leaders to pour into the Pastors Kids of Ohio. PK Retreat is filled with tons of great memories and fun with their peers. We will have powerful worship, impacting lessons, and of course fun activity with inflatables and much more. Each day we will have things like crafts, glow bowling, and playtime with friends, just to give you the sneak peek. We will have childcare rooms available during each session so that you and your spouse can enjoy your time away getting poured into as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself ( or my assistant Lois Martin (

You won’t want to miss this retreat away with your family and other ministers all over the state of Ohio. We can’t wait to see you and of course your kiddos in Kalahari this January. Make sure to register TODAY!

-Stacy Petty
Kids Ministries Director


As a token of appreciation for Ohio churches who financially support Network Ministries, Heartland Conference Retreat Center, and Church Multiplication, in accordance with levels recommended in OMN Bylaws, registration fees for this event are waived for lead pastors and all credentialed AG ministers (and their spouses) who are in good standing with their Network tithes and who regularly attend or are on staff at “Heart for Ohio” churches.

To receive this discount, all qualifying ministers should have received an e-mail with the event discount code. If you did not receive that e-mail or deleted it accidentally (hey, it happens – we know!), contact us at 614.396.0700, and ask for Donna Bormuth.


All registration fees are transferable within the event, but not refundable. For teen registrations (PK Retreat), be sure to note whether registering for sessions only or for housing and meals as well.

Questions about this event? Contact us at

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