Parish Retreat

Parish Retreat at Kanuga 2017

Kanuga Conference Center // Hendersonville, NC
Friday-Sunday, September 22-24 // Family Incentive Available for a Limited Time!*

What is Kanuga?

An old-fashioned horn? A Native American stew? Not exactly. Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center near Hendersonville, N.C., is the site of an annual gathering of 200 to 300 of us from St. Helena’s. Our Parish Family Retreat features inspiring speakers, woodsy walks, singalongs, square dancing, worship services in various venues, social gatherings, youth activities, family-style meals, and fellowship! You won’t want to miss this celebration of family, our church, and God’s Word! For more information, please contact the church office at (843) 522-1712.

Retreat Speaker

rob-rienow-copy.jpgThis year we welcome Rob Reinow, founder of Visionary Family Ministries. Rob is married to Amy and they have been blessed with seven children. His most important ministry is loving his wife and leading his children to know God and love Him. Rob’s mom came to Christ shortly after he was born so he was blessed to be introduced to Jesus at an early age. His parents divorced when he was in high school and God used that painful time in his life to give him a heart for young people and families going through dark times. He attended Wheaton College, then completed an MA in theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, an MDiv from Trinity International Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Rob’s life dramatically changed in 2004. God brought him to a place of deep repentance over the fact that he was discipling other people’s children, but not his own. He was a spiritual leader at church, but passive with his family. Through that time of repentance, God turned his heart to the ministry of his children and his wife. God then led He and Amy to launch Visionary Family Ministries, a ministry designed to inspire parents and grandparents to disciple their children, to help couples create mission driven-marriages, and equip churches to build Bible-driven ministries. Their mission is to build the church through a global reformation of family discipleship. He shares the biblical message of family discipleship at national and international conferences for parents, couples, and church leaders. He partners and consults with numerous churches, encouraging them to accelerate evangelism and discipleship through families.

He also serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is the author of the books God’s Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary Parenting (Randall House), Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture, Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom and When They Turn Away: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel). He and Amy also wrote Visionary Marriage (Randall House) to help couples capture a compelling, biblical vision for their life together. The Rienow family lives in West Chicago, IL.


For details on accommodations, visit the Kanuga website at The front desk phone number is (828) 692-9136. To find out more about rates, including our special limited family incentiveclick on the "Register Now" button or download the brochure below.


Things you should know

  • Clothing: Casual clothes entire weekend. Be prepared for chilly evenings.
  • Sports Equipment and Other Stuff: Bring tennis rackets, fishing gear, swimsuits, golf clubs. All of these activities are nearby. It’s a good idea to bring a flashlight and maybe an umbrella or two should the sun begin to drip.
  • Pets: Sorry, Kanuga has no facilities for pets. Please leave them home.
  • Driving Directions: For comfort, allow 5-6 hours from Beaufort. Take 1-95 North to I-26. Follow I-26 West to Hendersonville, N.C. Take exit 49-B on US 64 West into Hendersonville. Continue for 2.3 miles. Turn left on South Business 25 South (Church Street) and drive 9 blocks. Turn right on Kanuga Street and go 3.75 miles to Kanuga Lake Road. Turn right on Kanuga Lake Road and drive 1.25 miles (past Camp Kanuga on the right). Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive. (Neil Park Entrance is on your right.) Turn left into the second big, paved parking lot at the top of the hill (near the Chapel of the Transfiguration). The lobby entrance is to the left of the Kanuga Bookstore.