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Retreat Center

Welcome From Roger Pierce (Retreat Center Director)

The Paul W. Powell Retreat Center is owned and operated by Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler Texas. The Retreat is an extension of the Recreation Ministry under the direct supervision of Buddy Holland and his staff.

The Retreat is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Tyler nestled in a friendly neighborhood of good ol’ East Texas Christian folks. We are open for our GABC members and guest to use the facilities to relax, pray, visit with friends and reconnect with nature and the Good Lord.

Beginning May 1, 2016, a GABC member ID card is required to use the facilities on a daily basis. These may be purchased at the Family Life Center at the main Church for a nominal fee. Guests of a “Reserved Group” are not required to have an ID card.

We strive to keep this Retreat as a family oriented Christian environment and do have certain rules and regulations as shown on the following page. We do not clean or maintain your room or cabin during your stay here. We do not provide linens, towels, pillows, or personal toiletries and do not laundry items for you. We have a small staff and ask that you leave your area as clean or cleaner when you depart.

Open daily as shown below except for Wednesdays. In the early summer months, we host our GABC children’s “Day Camp” during the weekdays and actually close the facility until 4pm each day. This ensures the safety of our children and employees and enables them to conduct their camp in a closed setting. Please contact us for dates and more information. We also close the entire month of January each year for maintenance and repairs and do not accept any reservations for the facilities.

During the summer, the Pavilion and lake front areas are a popular place for all. If you reserve the Pavilion for your group, please plan and understand you may be sharing the open picnic areas, playground, parking, and boat ramp areas with other general GABC members that may show up for daily use.

As Director of the facility, my wife and I are on the premises and live in the office/home located just inside Gate 2 during your stay here. We are here to assist you if any problems may arise and continue to maintain the areas.

Roger Pierce

Paul Powell Retreat Center

The Paul W. Powell Retreat Center, a ministry of Green Acres Baptist Church, exists to reach people of all ages with the gospel message of Jesus Christ through an experience in a Christian environment located in a natural setting.
The mission of the Paul W. Powell Retreat Center is to be a year round extension of the recreation ministry of Green Acres Baptist Church. Utilizing its natural, God created setting to provide physical recreation, emotional renewal and spiritual restoration through activities blended with Biblical principles and Christian values.
Exalt God’s Greatness thru the beauty of our portion of HIS creation on Lake Tyler. Evangelize God’s Word by using the retreat facilities in the training of individuals to go and teach others about Christ. Equip God’s People in a deeper walk with God thru camps, retreats and other gatherings. Express God’s Love by encouraging the body of Christ at Green Acres Baptist Church to bring their friends, neighbors and associates to a Christian en- vironment where they can model Christ in a dark world.

Retreat Center Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – Dusk

Tuesday: 8:00 am – Dusk

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 8:00 am – Dusk

Friday: 8:00 am – Dusk

Saturday: 8:00 am – Dusk

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*Hours subject to change to accommodate Large Reserved Groups and GABC Functions.

Retreat Center Facilities

The Lodge comes with a main meeting room that can seat around 100 comfortably and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a wonderful outside deck that overlooks beautiful Lake Tyler.
The Conference Room comes with a main meeting room that can seat 30-40 comfortably and a full kitchen. There is also an outdoor charcoal grill/smoker. This room is perfect for a staff retreat or a small family gathering.
The Lawhon Cabin is located by the Pavilion and boat ramp and has a wonderful view of Lake Tyler from the front deck. This 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin has a full kitchen and an outdoor BBQ grill and is perfect for a family getaway. You will need to bring linens, pillows, towels, and personal toiletries.
The Clem Cabin is located on the motel side of the retreat right next to the conference room. This cabin gives you direct access to the prayer garden, small fishing dock, playground, and Lake Tyler. You will need to bring linens, pillows, towels, and personal toiletries.
The Motel is located behind gate 3 and is at the center of our event facilities. Each room has a queen and twin bed and every two rooms can adjourn to become a suite. The back of the motel has multiple family friendly fun zones.
The Dorm is one building with two equal sides that can be setup as a boys side and a girls side that can sleep 32 on each side. The covered concrete patio on the front is great for group hangout time.
The Pavilion is located on the shores of Lake Tyler and is perfect for large group events. You are in sight of the boat ramp, swim area, playground, basketball court, sand volleyball court, and a large fire pit.
Available for general use by GABC members (GABC Member ID Card Required) and Reserved Guests of the Retreat


  •  Each group is to leave facilities as clean as they found them.
  •  The Retreat Center does not furnish linens, pillows, soap or personal items.
  •  Furniture and equipment are not to be removed from any building without the expressed permission of the camp director.
  •  No cooking is allowed on the wooden decks of the hotel or lodge.
  •  No pets inside the facilities or outside on the Retreat grounds.
  •  Cutting of trees, shrubs or other plant life is prohibited.
  •  NO alcoholic beverages, fireworks, firearms, pets, and smoking are permitted on  Retreat Center property.
  •  No ATV or any motorized vehicles allowed on the grounds unless authorized by the director.
  •  All injuries and illnesses are to be reported immediately to camp director.
  •  Automobiles are to be parked in designated areas only and are not permitted in the grass area.
  •  Campfires are prepared by the camp director in designated areas only and must be requested at least three days in advance of the day needed. You will be responsible for extinguishing them in a safe manner.
  •  Any group or person refusing to cooperate with these policies will be asked to leave the grounds and no refund will be issued.
  •  You may be charged additional fees for any destruction to the buildings, property, bedding or equipment by any individual in your group. This also includes any moving of furniture, nail holes in walls, tape applied to walls or ceiling and paint on table and floor.
  •  You may be charged for the loss of room keys or any other keys provided for your group by the director.  Please be respectful of other people who may be utilizing the Retreat Center the same time that you are here.
  •  Please do not use any of the buildings other than the ones that you have rented.

Paul W. Powell Retreat Center

16163 N. Peninsula

Whitehouse, Texas 75791

Phone: 903 566-2515

Fax: 903 566-8828

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Click Here For A Full Information Booklet About The Retreat Center. 

Our Purpose

Spreading the Love of Christ through recreation and sports ministry to those in Tyler, TX and around the World.

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