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.
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
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.
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.
16ft. x 60ft. deck that can extend your event to the great outdoors. There is a beautiful view of Lake Tyler from this deck.
Full kitchen that includes: commercial gas range, double sink with disposal, two dishwashers, two refrigerators/freezers, microwave, ice maker, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.
This room seats 100-125 comfortably for meals with serving tables. This room also includes flatscreen TV and DVD Player, speaker system with one microphone, fireplace with gas logs, and upright piano.
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.
There is a small charcoal grill that can also be used as a smoker. The outdoor area of the conference room is a great place to have those world changing conversations.
The main meeting room can seat 30-40 comfortably. This room is perfect for a staff retreat or a small family gathering.
Full kitchen with everything you need to entertain your team or your family function.
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 Lawhon Cabin is nestled in the woods of the Retreat Center on the park side. The cabin overlooks the boat ramp and docks.
The living room has a fold out sleeper couch and various chairs.
The kitchen has an electric range and oven, double sink, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.
The master bedroom has a queen size bed.
This bedroom has 2 bunk beds and a small desk.
The deck overlooks beautiful Lake Tyler and is a great place for a morning cup of coffee.
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 Clem cabin is located on the Motel side of the Retreat.
The kitchen has an electric range and oven, double sink, refrigerator/fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.
The living room has a couch and various chairs.
The master bedroom has 1 queen size bed.
The guest bedroom has 2 bunk beds that sleeps 4.
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 Motel has plenty of parking and has a great rustic feel to it.
The back of the Motel gives a great view of Lake Tyler.
Each Motel room has 1 queen and 1 twin size bed and a small bathroom.
There is a brand new wrap around porch that gives a panoramic view of the Retreat Center.
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 dorm is located right across from the conference room and is perfect for group retreats.
There are 4 rooms with a total of 64 beds.
There are 2 bathrooms with 2 toilets, 2 showers, and 3 sinks in each one.
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.
The Pavilion is in a perfect location with beautiful Lake Tyler on one side and multiple actives surrounding it.
Includes 6 each 15 ft. picnic tables with benches on both sides and 6 each 8 ft rectangle folding tables with app. 25 chairs.
Small preparation room with one double sink, storage lockers, and refrigerator/freezer. Large portable cooling fan available during the summer months.
Covered outdoor BBQ area.
Available for general use by GABC members (GABC Member ID Card Required) and Reserved Guests of the Retreat
Concrete Boat Ramp (Annual Permit Required to launch each watercraft-purchased from Director’s office)
Basketball and Volleyball
Concrete Basketball Court with goals on each end and a sand volleyball court with regulation net.
Childs Playground with swings, seesaws, slides and etc.
7 metal picnic tables with a attached benches on both sides and small charcoal BBQ grills nearby (located between the pavilion and shoreline)
Outdoor Fire Pit (Approval from Director REQUIRED)
Swim area and dock - No lifeguard on duty- swim at your own risk
Sno Cone Shack
Sno Cone Shack available with approval of the Director during the summer only.
Two picnic table sheds (metal roofs / open sides and located near the boat ramp)
POLICIES, RULES AND REGULATIONS
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.