• 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.



Pastor Byron Harvey, Red Oak, An Evangelical Free Church, Marietta, GA

A great balance of rest, time with my wife, and time with my Lord. We really enjoyed the walking trails and not having a schedule to follow. We could slow down and take in God's presence.

Pastor Bryan and Tabitha Drum

Everything was wonderful. We feel refreshed in body and encouraged in the Lord. Please thank the prayer warriors, the board and supporters for us. We have experienced the Lord here. This is a piece of heaven to us.

Pastor Brent and Cindy Farmer, Hillside Ave Church of God, Springfield, OH

We appreciated the way you both flowed in and out of our lives during our time here. You interacted with us and gave us space at the same time. There is truly an anointing for “rest” and “refreshing” upon this place. The ability to hear from God away from the “hustle and bustle” is priceless!

Pastor Greg and Pam Rogers, Tuscaloosa Life Church, Tuscaloosa, AL

This place lends itself to a wonderful experience with God. Just sitting on the deck is being near Him and His creation!

Pastor Tom and Ann Andrews, HarborPointe Community Church, Hampton, VA

Our spiritual needs were very much so met. How can you not be drawn closer to our Lord when you see all the beauty He created around you? We are leaving refreshed, renewed and once again ready for battle. Our batteries have been recharged.

Pastor John and Carol Strickland, Assembly of God Fadette, Slocomb, AL

The Shepherd’s Refuge … what a wonderful vision God has given Ruedi and Sandy! My wife and I have known the Mettlers for over ten years. During that time, their door has always been open to us. For me personally, the Shepherd’s Refuge has been a place of rest from the stress of ministry. It’s given me a chance to reflect and to gain direction. It’s offered encouragement and hope. Most of all, it’s provide the opportunity to renew my relationship with God and with my wife. The Mettlers have exhibited a true servant’s heart in their love for God’s pastors and ministers. Thank you, Ruedi and Sandy, for being such a blessing.

Rev. J. Richard Joyner, Seminole Christian Fellowship, Seminole, FL

It was a very restful getaway. May the Lord continue to use it for His glory as you minister to His Shepherds. Thanks.

Doug and Catherine Graulich, Reynoldstown Church, Atlanta, GA

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.