HISTORY

KERITH CREEK: ITS NAME AND HISTORY

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.”
1 Kings 17:2-4 (NIV)

God assigned Elijah the difficult task of proclaiming His message to a society that had lost its way. The task would consume his energy and leave him weary, so God provided him times of rest, solitude and renewal. One of those places of retreat was along the refreshing waters of a brook named Kerith.

Today, the need for people to “come away” and be nourished by the hand of God is no different than it was for Elijah. Like its Biblical namesake, Kerith Creek provides this renewing care for married couples and those in vocational ministry.  

Kerith Creek began in 2003 as John and Liz Traber’s long-held dream to encourage ministry leaders. Understanding the many pressures they face, the Trabers purchased 66 wooded acres in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Calgary, Alberta, and the help of many people and organizations launched the ministry of Kerith Creek.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY CANADA AND SONSCAPE RETREATS

Today, Focus on the Family Canada has the privilege of carrying on that vision in harmony with its own vital mission.

Through the Kerith Creek retreats, Focus on the Family Canada aims to fulfill its mission to strengthen families by providing a place of care and renewal for couples and ministry leaders.

In partnership with SonScape Retreats and under the leadership of Jerry and Renee Ritskes, Kerith Creek's programs build on over 75 years of combined ministry experience.