About Us

Our Invitation to Community

‚ÄčWe read this at the beginning of most of our gatherings.
It captures what everyone is invited to experience at The Refuge together.

The Refuge is a mission center and Christian community dedicated to helping hurting and hungry people find faith, hope, and dignity alongside each other.

We love to throw parties, tell stories, find hope, and practice the ways of Jesus as best we can.  

We're all hurt or hungry in our own ways.

We're at different places on our journey but we share a guiding story,
a sweeping epic drama called the Bible. 

We find faith as we follow Jesus and share a willingness to honestly wrestle with God and our questions and doubts.

We find dignity as God's image-bearers and strive to call out
that dignity in one another. 

We all receive, we all give.

We are old, young, poor, rich, conservative, liberals, single, married, gay, straight, evangelicals, progressives, book-smart, street-smart,
certain, doubting, hurting, thriving.

Yet Christ's love binds our differences together in unity.

At The Refuge, everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable.


About the Refuge

Since we started in 2006, the Refuge has always been community-led with men and women equally using their gifts in a variety of ways. Relationship and participation means more to us than programming and "excellence." We think the Kingdom of God is about everyone getting to play.

We also respect that we need leaders to catalyze certain areas of our life together. We currently have a Co-Pastor team (Karl Wheeler, Kathy Escobar, and Mike Herzog) that leads alongside a Pastoral Ministry Team representing various areas of our life together.
  • Jennifer Herrick--Arts and Contemplative Experiences
  • Stacy Schaffer--Refuge Kids
  • Dawn Hykan--Single Moms and Healing Community
  • Debra Meyer--Community Collaborations and Partnerships
We also have a Guidance Group made up of men and women of the community dedicated to offering wisdom, insight and support to the ongoing work of The Refuge. In addition, we have a Finance Team and Nuts-and-Bolts Team that nurtures the infrastructure of The Refuge.

We are always praying for more people to lead and serve and be part of living out our dreams together.