The Brentwood Oaks All-Church retreat has been a gathering of our church family at Echo Valley in the H.E.B. Foundation Camps near Leakey, Texas since 1974. In those 40+ years many fish have been caught (and dutifully returned to the Frio River), many softballs tossed, many wonderful meals have been prepared, eaten, and cleaned up after. Many friendships have begun and been nurtured, but most of all many, many people have drawn closer to God and to their Christian brothers and sisters during this time we enjoy together in God’s beautiful creation.
It is a great time to get away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, to slow down and listen to the birds or just to watch children play in the world’s largest sandbox. You can enjoy a cup of coffee quietly down by the waterside while the early morning fog rises out of the Frio and creeps up the cliffs. Encouragement comes on the wings of the songs we offer in praises to our Lord and Savior. With those songs and hymns, we realize why the place we gather is named Echo Valley.
During these years many kids who grew up coming to this retreat and are now returning with their own children. Please join us as we continue this tradition of making wonderful memories in this corner of God’s heaven here on earth.
The 2019 Family Retreat is April 12 - April 14 with Jeff Brooks from the Lake Cities Church of Christ speaking to us.
Jeff Brooks has served as the Senior Minister of the Lake Cities Church of Christ since 2011. A passionate and gifted speaker, he loves to teach the simple truth of the Bible in an engaging and memorable way. He describes himself primarily as a sinner saved by grace. A proud graduate of Abilene Christian University, Jeff has served churches first as a youth minister and now as a preacher for the last 20 years. While at ACU, he met and married his lovely and talented wife, Ronda. They have two amazing sons, Jackson and Parker, that teach them more about the grace of God everyday. When he's not working, Jeff enjoys golfing poorly, rooting for the San Antonio Spurs, laughing with friends and family, and writing about himself in the third person. One of his favorite passages of scripture is Philippians 3:12 "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”