Pastors’ Wives Retreat

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The Pastors’ Wives Retreat is normally held at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca and begins on Friday afternoon and ends on Saturday afternoon. Meals are supper on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The retreat, as always, will be casual and relaxed so there’s no need to worry about too many details. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of the committee members listed below.


Carol Ferch
Stephanie Traphagan
Kendra Voss
Janette Schanbacher

The 2022 Pastors’ Wives Retreat will take place November 4-5 at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca. This year’s presenter is Renee Gibbs, who will be speaking on, “Equipped for our Roles in Christ: A Study in Ephesians.”


Satan throws many challenges at us, but we are in Christ!  We can put on the armor of God in our many callings—marriage, family, work, church, and even within ourselves.  When we focus on our identity in Christ, we can better live out our many vocations.  Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is full of wonderful Gospel images and then wonderful ways to live and love our neighbors.  Come and enjoy Ephesians so you will be equipped and ready to stand against the enemy and enjoy God’s grace.


Session I: The Battle is Raging:  But You are In Christ!

Session II: The Old Self is at War with the New Self

Session III: Equipped for our Many Roles



Renee Gibbs is a speaker, teacher, and encourager who is waiting for Jesus’ return!  She is the wife of Dr. Jeff Gibbs who taught for 28 years at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  Prior to this they lived in western Oregon for 10 years while Jeff served as a parish pastor.  With advanced degrees in education and theology, Renee teaches numerous Bible studies and mentoring groups for Seminary wives and around the country at women’s retreats. She serves on various boards for Life-affirming (pro-life) ministries and took teens to the March for Life in DC 21 times.  Renee has a heart for missions and has led sixteen Seminary mission trips to Guatemala. She loves God’s creation through camping and hiking…as well as from her 1999 Miata!  Renee and Jeff have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren. Through it all, the Scripture–centered in Jesus–has been Renee’s source of joy, wisdom, and strength.