• 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.

Shepherd's Refuge Timeline

March 2017

The First Guests

After many long hours/days, we opened the doors of the Shiloh Cabin to the first guests!
October 2015

Building Permits for the Second Cabin

Funding of the Second Cabin was completed. Praise the Lord. The Septic System and Building Permits were issued.
December 2014

Occupancy Record

Total of 685 guest/nights for the year!
December 2013

ECFA Accreditation

Shepherd's Refuge received accreditation from the ECFA (Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability) which is dedicated to earning the public's trust through adherence to standards of responsible stewardship.
September 2013

Shepherd's Refuge 10th Anniversary

Shepherd's Refuge ministry celebrated its 10th anniversary with a day of fellowship which included volunteers, prayer partners, board members, financial supporters and previous guests.
March 2013

Dedication of Selah Cabin

Shepherd's Refuge celebrated the dedication of its new "Selah" cabin.

Selah Cabin Launched

Construction of the first cabin, Selah, began and progressed as funds become available.

The Lodge Labor of Love

The new Lodge was built and the first guests were accommodated in the new facility.

The Refuge Takes Ground

The ministry was established as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Shortly thereafter the Mettlers purchased and secured land in North Georgia to establish and host Shepherd’s Refuge full time.

The Vision

The Lord opened the door for Ruedi and Sandy to further develop the vision He had given them several years earlier. Their focus and heart’s desire is to see this call fulfilled through Shepherd’s Refuge.

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.