A Ministry Opportunity to Serve Pastors

Pastors are often faced with difficult challenges and hardships through ministry and sometimes they find themselves desiring to step away for a short break and seek guidance and wisdom for their spiritual journey. Through the Walt Crow Center, you have the opportunity to find rest, restoration, and renewal for your spiritual journey in the Oklahoma City area.

After previous conversations with Dr. Walt Crow (inspiration), local pastors, and a vision from God, Director Kelly Yates and a board have developed the Walt Crow Center for Pastors, individually or with their families, to get away from their home and church and spend time in a safe and encouraging environment.

Pastors may apply to the retreat program and when accepted, he/she will receive a 4 day/3 night stay in lodging on the campus of Southern Nazarene University and is able to select from a sessions with a licensed therapist, a session with a spiritual director, and/or a session with a local pastor/mentor.

You are also given space and time to enjoy recreation in the Oklahoma City metro area. There are ample activities and destinations available to individuals and families and you are encouraged to step away and have some enjoyable and fun time out and about.


All expenses are paid except for your transportation to and from Bethany, Oklahoma. Funds include lodging, meals, and money for recreational activities. 

Pastors seeking clarity, wisdom, and renewal are encouraged to apply.


Our Inspiration

Born in Sutherland, Nebraska, Walt Crow graduated from Southern Nazarene University, attended the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and received a D.E.A. from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. His life long passion was missions. He served with the Church of the Nazarene in Haiti over a period of 15 years, pioneered the church in France, and then was elected as president of the European Nazarene College in Switzerland. He was a beloved pastor at churches in Texas, Tennessee and Michigan, as well as staff member at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene for the past 23 years where he led many short-term mission trips overseas.