About Shepherd's Refuge

 

Everyone needs a quiet place for retreat. Pastoral stress today is growing and more crippling than ever. The effect of this stress is debilitating to the individual as well as their flock. While moments for personal nurturing of the soul are fleeting, Shepherd’s Refuge works to stand in this gap.

As referenced in 2 Tim 4:13, our guests have time and opportunity to refresh themselves instead of toiling to feed others. Our goal is to help guests prevent and recover from burnout; therefore, we do not offer any set schedules or programs.

Shepherd's Refuge | Hosts Ruedi and SandyOur Founders & Hosts

Ruedi and Sandy Mettler, both natives of Switzerland, have a long history of caring for others. Sandy graduated as a Nurse in her home country, and Ruedi looks back over a successful thirty-two year career in the airline industry. Ruedi and Sandy are pastors for pastors. Their servant-hearted lifestyle is motivated by a love for Jesus Christ and a sincere desire to show His love to others who are tired and hurting.

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Our Board of Directors

  • Harry Moats, Chairman of the Board, Independent Consultant for the Construction Industry
  • Ruedi Mettler, Founder/Director, Pastor, retired from the Airline Industry
  • Sandy Mettler, Founder, retired RN
  • Fran Jones, Treasurer, CFO in the Construction Industry
  • Debbie Joyner, Secretary, Retired Pastor’s spouse
  • Rob Jones, currently working in Real Estate
  • Curt M. Howard, MBA, Retired 3M Area Manager
  • Richard Joyner, Retired Pastor
  • Dave Tulka, Retired HPE Solution Manager
  • Stefani Strength, Director of Operations, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Ministry Timeline

Breaking Ground on Caretaker's Cabin
Shepherd's Refuge | New Record Number of Guests Served
New Record Number of Guests Served
Construction of Shalom Cabin on Hold Due to Virus
Shepherd's Refuge | Board Breaking Ground on Shalom Cabin
Breaking Ground on Shalom Cabin
Shepherd's Refuge | Upper Room Closed for 2 Months Due to Virus
Upper Room Closed for 2 Months Due to Virus
Shepherd's Refuge | Another New Record for Guests Served
Another New Record for Guests Served
Shepherd's Refuge | First Guests in the Shiloh Cabin
First Guests in the Shiloh Cabin
Shepherd's Refuge | Guests Fly into Wimpy Airport in Dahlonega
Guests Fly into Wimpy Airport in Dahlonega
Shepherd's Refuge | Building Permit for Second Cabin
Building Permit for 2nd Cabin
Shepherd's Refuge | New Occupancy Record
New Occupancy Record
Shepherd's Refuge | EFCA Accredited
ECFA Accreditation
Shepherd's Refuge | Ministry’s 10th Anniversary
Ministry’s 10th Anniversary
Shepherd's Refuge | First Selah Cabin Guests
First Selah Cabin Guests
Shepherd's Refuge | Selah Construction Slow Down
Selah Construction Slow Down
Shepherd's Refuge | Selah Cabin Launched
Selah Cabin Launched
Shepherd's Refuge | First Guests
First Guests
Shepherd's Refuge | 501c3 (Non-profit) Status Achieved
501c3 (Non-profit) Status Achieved
Shepherd's Refuge | Freedom for Founders
Freedom for Founders
Shepherd's Refuge | The Call Answered
The Call Answered
 

The Property & Grounds

Shepherd’s Refuge provides areas of solitude as well as comfortable sitting areas to enjoy fellowship. A library with over 4,500 titles is also available to our guests. The 68 accessible acres cover portions of a secluded valley, including adjacent ridges in the North Georgia Mountains, surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Our guests can enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the valley, explore hiking trails, discover places to sit and take in the natural beauty and the gentle flowing waters of the creek meandering through the valley. Guests can also fish in a stocked pond located on the premises or enjoy fishing in many of the nearby trout streams and lakes.

 

The Property & Grounds

Shepherd’s Refuge provides areas of solitude as well as comfortable sitting areas to enjoy fellowship. A library with over 4,500 titles is also available to our guests. The 68 accessible acres cover portions of a secluded valley, including adjacent ridges in the North Georgia Mountains, surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Our guests can enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the valley, explore hiking trails, discover places to sit and take in the natural beauty and the gentle flowing waters of the creek meandering through the valley. Guests can also fish in a stocked pond located on the premises or enjoy fishing in many of the nearby trout streams and lakes.

 

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