October 2022 Men’s Only Retreat

The theme of this fall’s retreat is ” Restoring the Heart “

This retreat is for Men Seekers and their Sons, 16 and older.

The arrival date is Thursday afternoon on October 27th 1500 hours or 3PM Central Standard Time and  departing Sunday Afternoon, October 30th, 2022 after 1300 hours or 1pm Central Standard Time.

The retreat we rent is an alcohol and tobacco free environment. Service of or consumption of alcohol anywhere on retreat grounds (inside and outside) is strictly prohibited. In addition, smoking, vaping, and use of tobacco products is prohibited in any area of the premises, inside or outside.

The Google Maps and GPS address to find the retreat entrance is 100 Pratt Rd Rd Pikeville TN






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Book Event

By booking this event you can attend all occurrences. Some of them are listed below but there might be more.

2022-10-27 - 2022-10-30

Seeker - Adult $99.00

Gateway to Heaven Ministries INC. April Men's Retreat The Arrival Date is Thursday afternoon on October 27th and  departing Sunday Afternoon, October 30th, 2022

Available Tickets: 26
The Seeker - Adult ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Seeker - Son $49.00

Gateway to Heaven Ministries INC. April Men's Retreat The Arrival Date is Thursday afternoon on October 27th and departing Sunday Afternoon, October 30th, 2022

Available Tickets: 26
The Seeker - Son ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


Oct 27 - 30 2022


All Day




Manderley Christian Camp
100 Manderley Lane | Pikeville, TN 37367
Bert Schmidt


Bert Schmidt
(931) 771-2682
[email protected]

Bert is the vision behind each retreats theme and idea generator for activities for those themes

Other Organizers

Jeremiah Stillings
Jeremiah Stillings
(931) 771-2682
[email protected]

Jeremiah is behind the website getting the good news out to seekers.

Terry Hendrix
Terry Hendrix
(931) 771-2682
[email protected]

Terry is currently volunteering as the Men's Retreat Worship Lead and live Worship Organizer.



  • Bert Schmidt U.S. Air Force Retired
    Bert Schmidt U.S. Air Force Retired
    Founder of Gateway to Heaven Ministries, INC.

    Bert will be speaking on “Igniting the Heart”
    Old Heart Ezekiel 11: 17-20
    New Heart Jeremiah 31: 31-34
    Our Hearts Now Luke 22: 20 Heb 8: 7-13 Heb 8: 10-18

  • Charlie York
    Charlie York
    GTH Speaker

    Charlie is originally from upstate New York and is the youngest of seven children. He and his older brothers and sisters were not raised in a Godly home, which had a very negative impact on him for most of his life. Anger, rage and unforgiveness lead to several addictions which caused him many legal problems. Throughout this, he was somehow able to serve this country effectively for 21 years in the Marine Corps. But he had no relationship with Jesus Christ.
    But God revealed to Charlie that living for the world – and in much darkness—was not what He wanted for him. In the midst of deep depression, Charlie finally gave his life to the Lord through a powerful conversion experience 2001. Unbeknownst to him, his soon to be wife was also saved the same year. Their marriage was a blessing and challenge as they began their blended family. Today Charlie and Sandee live in East TN and attend Ewtonville Baptist Church where Charlie has served as the men’s ministry leader & Sunday School teacher for the past 8 years.
    With the Lord’s help, Charlie’s passion for biblical leadership can show followers of Christ, we have Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Prove and Nothing to Fear!

  • Don Sunshine
    Don Sunshine
    GTH Men's Speaker

    We are blessed to have Don speaking on “Providence” from Psalm 147.

    Don was born and raised in northern NJ in a Catholic family. He was challenged with the Gospel and surrendered his life to the Lordship of Christ in repentance and faith when he was 19 years old, and committed to follow Jesus. Don started his career serving as a police officer and SWAT team member for a police department in northern New Jersey. He then changed careers and worked in sales, business development and management in the computer industry for Apple and other tech companies. He also served as a Deputy Game Warden with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
    In the fall of 2004, God called Don and Cathy into full time ministry at Family Life Ministries in Bath, NY. She worked in the front office and Don was the Youth Action Director. He was tasked with creating exciting, unique events that would draw teens so we could share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. Don was privileged to touch tens of thousands of lives and see thousands come to faith in Jesus Christ through these events. 

    He was personally challenged by Ron Hutchcraft to build an evangelism training to teach people to do what he had been doing as a lifestyle. Don created a presentation and he began teaching it. The demand for this simple, life changing material grew, and in October of 2008, Don and Cathy stepped out in faith and began teaching it full time. Don Sunshine Ministries was formed and the “Make a Difference” (M.A.D.) Live Event has been taught over 700 times equipping over 38,000 people in 36 states to begin sharing Christ every day without fear or embarrassment. In addition. He has been blessed of the Lord to see over 1,700 people get saved at the Live Events.
    Don was certified as a Walk thru the Bible Associate Instructor in early in 2010, and became a certified National Instructor in the spring of 2012. He recently completed his first book based on his lifestyle evangelism training, appropriately called, “Make a Difference”. It is available where most books are sold.
    Don and Cathy currently reside in East TN, and have two grown, married children (Jaimie and John), and are blessed with 7 grandchildren. Don’s hobbies include motorcycle and ATV riding and touring, hunting, and woodworking.

  • Israal St. Clair Pastor
    Israal St. Clair Pastor
    GTH Men's Speaker

    Israal will be speaking on “Know me” from Psalm 139

  • Jeremiah Stillings U.S. Air Force Medically Retired
    Jeremiah Stillings U.S. Air Force Medically Retired
    GTH Tech Support.

    Jeremiah is a dramatic storyteller who grew up in Pennsylvania to a house divided, one half Mennonite, and the other decidedly not. Jeremiah escaped, joining the US Air Force serving until the divide of right and wrong was a battle in his own mind about everything. Enduring this battle with him was his wife and two children to the crisis point of finally being medically discharged in 2008. Jeremiah found this new condition the enemy and to survive it meant many humble surrenders to doctor’s best guess of what would stabilize him. While in such a treatment, he met a man who came out of Christ’s love to check on him. Bert Schmidt. That very day changed his life, the seed of recovery was planted.

    Christ has rebuilt me after a divorce, a suicide, and losing everything I thought I had, including respect, love, and acceptance.

    I now stand by God’s Grace, married, with 4 adult children, and grand kids who only see the man Christ restored.

    Jeremiah will be speaking on failure and self-forgiveness at this retreat.

  • Josh Snyder - Montana Army National Guard
    Josh Snyder - Montana Army National Guard
    GTH Guest Speaker

    Josh Snyder will be speaking on the “Significance of the Heart“ at this years conference.
    Josh, his wife of 5 years (Auna), and 2 children (Alaina & Kieran), just recently relocated to the state of Georgia following God‘s calling on their lives to do so in July of 2021.
    Josh is an ordained preacher (was the associate Pastor for almost 4 years at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Lewistown, Montana up until their move to Georgia State), professional independent music artist, Digital marketer/designer, and just recently finished his “active contract” with the Montana Army National Guard.
    Josh, his family, and small ministry team have a desire to serve God to the greatest capacity wherever God opens the doors and are always looking for opportunities to reach the lost and encourage the body of Christ through preaching, teaching, music, and any other necessary local mission work.
    -Isaiah 6:8-

  • Terry Hendrix U.S. Navy Veteran
    Terry Hendrix U.S. Navy Veteran

    Terry will be speaking on Philippians 4 “Rejoice in the Lord”

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