Spiritual Retreats

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Join us for our 2024 Spiritual Retreat for Christian Warriors and their Battle Buddies

God created us to support and encourage one another. Our Battle Buddies do this. We rely on our Battle Buddies to go into life’s battles with us. For some, our Battle Buddy is that person we deployed with or is our spouse. For others, it may be a parent or mentor. Sadly, war or the effects of war may have taken your Battle Buddy from you. Come and join fellow Veterans for a weekend of Building Bridges in our relationship with God and our community of Christian Warriors.

Our Spiritual Retreat for Battle Buddies will be held November 14-17, at Camp Shiloh, Texas, on the shores of beautiful Lake Bob Sandlin.


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Registration will open on July 1, 2024.

Spiritual Retreat Speakers

Roger Emmons
Roger Emmons
Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Emmons is a US Army Veteran with 30 years of experience, with deployments to Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Iraq. He served in the Minnesota National Guard and on Active Duty before retiring as an Infantry First Sergeant in 2014. Pastor Emmons was ordained in 2021 and serves in Oregon.
Luke Hendricks
Luke Hendricks
LMSG Board Director

Luke Hendricks joined LMSG as a Board Director in 2016. He is currently serving full-time with the Army National Guard (ARNG) as an operations NCO with the ARNG Headquarters Battalion, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, VA. Luke deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Religious Affairs Specialist with the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” (Minnesota ARNG) and served in Iraq from March 2006 until July 2007. During that deployment Luke was awarded the Combat Action Badge. He is a 2008 graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Religious Studies (minor). Luke is married to the former Regina Langhorst and together they have three children (13, 10, & 7).
Megan McMahon
Megan McMahon
MA, Mental Health Practitioner, Footnotes Counseling Services

Megan McMahon is a Christian counselor who specializes in trauma recovery, anxiety, and depression. She is a Veteran of the US Army, with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. Seven months into her deployment, she was medevacked back the States and was medically discharged. In spite of her own stubbornness during her transition, she learned a great deal about herself and the emotional impacts of recovery through equine counseling. Megan is dedicated to helping other Veterans on their journey toward healing.
Phil Merten
Phil Merten
Chaplain, Institutional Ministries

Phil became a volunteer Bible study leader for Institutional Ministries while he was a seminary student and then officially joined the staff as a chaplain in 1989. Most of his chaplaincy work has been with people who’ve gotten trapped in addictions and chemical abuse. That work includes holding Bible discussion groups with people who are incarcerated as well as with people who are out of prison and want to stay that way.
Jim Moye
Jim Moye

US Army, Retired

Jim Moye is a retired Sergeant Major who served 24 years in the US Army from 1983-2008. Twenty of those years were in Special Operations, where he deployed to various combat operations around the world. After retirement, Jim was a contractor for five years, which required numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim has attended most of LMSG's previous Spiritual Retreats for Christian Warriors events. He currently serves as Council President for Peace Lutheran in Trinity, Florida.

Brad Price
Brad Price
President & CEO - Lutheran Military Support Group

Brad is a US Army Veteran with experience in search & rescue and detention services. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005 where he served as a tail gunner. Brad was assigned as a Cavalry Scout Instructor following his deployment. He joined LMSG in 2022 and enjoys serving fellow Veterans and 1st Responders. He is married to his wife, Laura, and has two sons.
Justin Shrum
Justin Shrum
Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church

Pastor Shrum is a US Navy Veteran with service at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and on the USS San Jacinto. His enlistment included deployments to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean regions. Pastor Shrum is married to his wife, Stacy, and they have two children. Kora, who is heaven with Jesus, and their adopted son, Judah. Pastor Shrum's love for those in uniform led him to serve in an additional role as a Chaplain assisting law enforcement officers in his county.
Disclaimer - Lutheran Military Support Group is an affiliated ministry of WELS and ELS synods and holds to the Christian doctrine professed by both synods, including those related to fellowship and member communion. Should a WELS/ELS Veteran want to attend our Retreat with a Veteran outside the fellowship of WELS/ELS, they are welcome to attend. We ask that the Member discuss doctrinal concerns with their local WELS/ELS pastor prior to attending our Retreat.


If you have any questions about the retreat, please contact us at info@lutheranmilitary.org

More about our Spiritual Retreats

The founders of LMSG were aware of the vital need for post-traumatic stress awareness, suicide prevention, and education on spiritual wounds that accompany combat experience for the Christian Warriors in our congregations. A recent Veterans Affairs study showed that an average of 17 Veterans take their lives each day. This study also indicated that between 10 and 29% of Veterans, depending on service era, will experience post-traumatic stress at some point in their lives. We developed our Spiritual Retreats in response to this need.

Our retreats are grounded in Lutheran doctrine and include workshops, devotions, and worship services. Workshops are led by WELS and ELS pastors, mental health professionals, and peer support individuals who have served in the military themselves or supported Military families in their professional lives. Our retreats are offered at no cost to attendees.

 

“The ‘by name’ communion and forgiveness of sins was very moving and meaningful.”
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“I for once in over 12 years have felt actually for real, forgiveness. I have been carrying around guilt, shame and unforgiveness for so long that I just couldn’t take it anymore. It was either drink myself to death or feel Jesus letting me know deep in my soul that I am truly Forgiven!”
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EMAIL: info@lutheranmilitary.org
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PO Box 483 New Ulm, MN 56073