Gerald Derstine

50 Years of Holy Spirit Led Ministry 


By Dr Gerald Derstine,

Christian Retreat's Founder and Chairman of the Board

What is it like to look back over 50 years of Spirit-Filled and Holy Spirit-led ministry? Dramatic changes have occurred since my humble beginnings as pastor of a church, when totally filled, could accommodate 85 people.

A paradigm shift in theology was perhaps my first major change. In my early years the greater concern was an attempt to please God and the church, qualifying our entrance to God’s Kingdom or Heaven. The emphasis was on doing the right things and excluding the wrong things, a “works” ethic, attempting to impress God.