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).
  • Resting, reading, and reflecting in such a caring environment helped bring renewal to our hearts as we returned to our place of ministry." - Mike & Janet Hopper
  • During the week you will be reminded that God really does know your needs, and that’s why He created Dave, Louise, and Deer Ridge Ministries." - The Masons
  • Their hearts for pastors were evident from the welcome handshake to the hug goodbye! I arrived a stranger, but left a friend who had been encouraged and affirmed! " - Jim Bertoti
  • We rested, prayed, read, walked and drew closer to God as well as to each other... We are forever grateful to God for our time at Deer Ridge." - Suzy Erb
  • Dave and Louise are wonderful hosts, the accommodations reflect relaxation, and the ability to connect with both God and spouse is abundant." - Tim Ehrhardt
  • The atmosphere at Deer Ridge is at once restful, peaceful, yet also spiritually stimulating; invigorating... I have returned so touched by Christ's love..." - Brian D. Greene
  • What a joy to reconnect with my wife, with the Lord... I highly recommend a week here to revive the soul and rekindle that passion for ministry." - Gary Kirst