• Serving Those Who Serve in Ministry

    Shepherd’s Refuge is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry dedicated to serving the needs of Vocational/Bi-Vocational Christian Pastors, full-time Church staff in a leadership positions, full-time Christian ministry staff in a leadership position, and Missionaries.
  • Beautiful, Peaceful Location

    Located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, near Dahlonega, Shepherd’s Refuge provides an opportunity to those in ministry to renew their vision; find spiritual refreshment and healing; deepen marriage relationships; and regain physical strength.
  • Prevent Burn-Out

    The focus of our ministry is to provide our guests a relaxing environment, free from the demands of everyday life. The beneficiaries from a retreat at Shepherd’s Refuge extend to the congregation and community our guests serve.

accommodation 7xShepherd’s Refuge is a non-denominational ministry serving pastors, ministry leaders in full time positions, and missionaries with their spouses.

Guests are accommodated Bed & Breakfast style at Shepherd’s Lodge, and can join the hosts for any meal they desire. We accept reservations for one couple at a time in order to ensure privacy. A small group, up to 2 couples, can be accommodated if they know each other and agree to such an arrangement.

The Selah Cabin is a stand alone building offering secluded privacy in a quiet forest setting about 400 feet away from the Lodge. It is fully equipped to allow guests solitude without any people around them, but the hosts would not mind to share a meal or two with them.

The Shiloh Cabin is also a stand alone building, a bit smaller than the Selah Cabin, yet has the same size bedroom and bathroom, a sitting area and a kitchenette. The rear deck offers a quiet sitting area overlooking the forest.

Shepherd’s Refuge provides areas of solitude as well as comfortable sitting areas to enjoy fellowship. A library with over 3600 titles is also available to our guests.


Our goal is to help guests prevent burnout, therefore, we do not offer any set schedules or programs.

The Grounds

The grounds 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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Meet Your Hosts

The Mettlers

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.

Since moving into their first home in Chicago back in 1975, the Mettlers have used their spare rooms to host, shelter and nurture people in need.

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.


Trusted Organization

Shepherd's Refuge is ECFA Accredited


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Financially Support Our Ministry

Shepherd's Refuge - Selah Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit ministry recognized as a 501(c)3 organization. Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated.