Donation Info

How to Help

These much needed retreats are provided at no cost to the pastors and spouses.

We are convinced a fee-free experience enhances the pastor's sense of God's provision and does not place any financial burden upon those who live on a very limited income.

Therefore, we depend solely upon the compassion and generosity of people who place a high value upon the role of the pastor and the need for such ministry. As God has directed us, we prayerfully ask Him to provide the need through the gifts of caring individuals and churches.

Waterbrook Ministries NFP is a 501(c)3 dba (doing business as) Deer Ridge Ministries, a religious non-profit entity, making all gifts tax deductible.

We ask you to sincerely pray for this ministry and God's guidance. Your monthly or quarterly financial commitment will make it possible for dedicated pastors to come for needed rest and spiritual renewal.

A gift of $500 will make it possible for a pastor to attend a Deer Ridge Ministries retreat. Each five-day retreat costs roughly $2000 total for all guests, their meals, educational materials and facilities

If you have prayerfully considered this need and feel God directing you to provide a financial support gift, you can easily use the available online donation venue through PayPal.* Alternatively, you can send your donation to the following address:

Deer Ridge Ministries
3085 West Forest Rd
Freeport, Illinois 61032

We sincerely appreciate your prayers and your financial support for this ministry!

  • Please note our payee name shows as Waterbrook, NFP in PayPal. You do not have to be signed up with PayPal to make a donation. You can use your credit card or bank account (where available).
  • Excellent! ...we felt the peace and presence of the Lord! The accommodations are very beautiful and clean. This Sabbath retreat is done right." - The Burtons
  • The presence of God is there, and Dave and Louise are true servants of God. EVERY pastor should go, you will not regret it." - Kevin & Cathy DeVries
  • We deeply appreciate this haven of rest for pastors. It provides the place and space that we need to connect with God, his purposes and one another..." - Jim & Vicki Egli
  • The host, The Deckers, provide the gift of Hospitality, Wisdom, Compassion and many more to allow you to grow closer to God and man." - Bobby Hopper
  • David and Louise treated us like we were their family, fed us like royalty, and taught us one of the most valuable lessons we've ever learned - TO REST!" - David & Melanie Rathel
  • It was just a wonderful time to retreat. Or should we say 'advance' in our walk with the Lord and each other!? Rest and Renewal... indeed!" - Gene & Robin Reitz
  • Deer Ridge is a wonderful place to totally step back and regain your strength. It is so well prepared for your time... You leave feeling 'spoiled' and loved." - Pastor Lyle