"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private; and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship - CS Lewis"



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Currently, we provide free counseling and encouragement to our local community at the office and through the Internet or by phone to those outside our area. We also rent an apartment in North Carolina where God’s servants can come for a sabbatical, some physical rest, and encouragement at no cost to themselves. Laurie and I have been counseling and encouraging folks for over 35 years in ministry together. In addition, we utilize homes and/or guest quarters that our ministry partners own in different states to accommodate leaders.

Our ultimate vision for Solitude Place is to be a retreat center where pastors, chaplains, missionaries, ministry leaders, and Christian business owners can come for respite and encouragement, at no cost.

We all know a hiker stops along the way to rest so he can continue along his journey feeling refreshed to complete his trek. These homes provide a place to stop for the weary. However; many ministry leaders fail to stop and spend time with their family and Lord.

In fact, research shows that some of the biggest reasons that pastors burnout in ministry is due to the lack of vacation/sabbatical rest, little or no physical exercise, no effective way to deal with critics, lack of daily time in the Scriptures, poor relational/leadership skills, the neglect of family, loneliness while leading, and the inability to say no to requests.

We provide a place where folks can come to REST, be REFRESHED and RECONNECT in all of those relationships! You can help by praying, becoming a monthly financial partner, and sharing about Solitude place with your friends. With God’s help there are no limits!

If you would like more information about Solitude Place, please contact Pastor Randy Southwick at randy@solitudeplace.com


“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

About twenty years ago, I was traveling with Kevin Case, a New Tribes missionary to the Tepehuan Indians, headed to his home in Mexico. Kevin is a Bible translator for this people group. We spent a night in a home that ministered to the missionaries as they went in and out of Mexico. The Lord prompted my heart about one day ministering in this way to pastors.

Seven years ago while in North Carolina, I was reminded of this encouragement from the Lord. I shared my vision with a very dear friend of mine and we began praying that the Lord would open the doors. Now we are watching God begin to move this dream forward. We are asking you to pray for us as we follow the prompting of the Lord.

“And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. 10 Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” 2 Kings 4:9-10 ESV

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We are asking God for 50 new partners to give $30 a month to help cover our expenses to provide free lodging and counsel to God’s servants. Would you consider becoming one of those partners with us?

And please join with us in prayer as we ask the Lord to build Solitude Place, a retreat center, through the gifts of His people.

If you desire to help us financially with this vision, please make your check out to

UEC- Solitude Place and mail to:

UEC-Solitude Place
PO Box 63
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

You can also support the ministry online today by utilizing the PayPal button below:

Please feel free to contact us:

Phone at (828) 351-9679

Email at Randy@solitudeplace.com

Standard mail:

UEC-Solitude Place
PO Box 63
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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