Paul W. Powell Retreat Center

Relax. Refresh. Renew.

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

Located on Lake Tyler, the Retreat Center is the perfect place to relax, visit with friends, pray and reconnect with God in the beauty of his creation.

Call 903-525-1116 with questions.

The Retreat Center is available for GABC members to enjoy for the day or rent for family retreats. The following facilities may be rented by GABC church members (GABC Member ID Card Required):

  • Lawhon Cabin
  • Motel
  • Dorm
  • Clem Cabin
  • Conference Room
  • Pavilion
  • Lodge
  • Mini-Pavilion 
  • Covered picnic tables (each 10’x10’ with BBQ grill)

The following are also available: snow-cone shack, picnic tables, charcoal BBQ grills, outdoor amphitheater, child’s playground near Pavilion, boat dock with 4 slips, basketball and volleyball courts, and two swimming areas - No lifeguard on duty/swim at your own risk.

 

Retreat Center Hours

Monday: 8AM-Dusk
Tuesday: 8AM-Dusk
Wednesday: 8AM-Dusk
Thursday: 8AM-Dusk
Friday: 8AM-Dusk
Saturday: 8AM-Dusk
Sunday: 12PM-Dusk

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

Lodge

The Lodge comes with a main meeting room that seats 100 - 125 for meals, with serving tables, and  a fully equipped kitchen. There is a wonderful outside deck that overlooks beautiful Lake Tyler.

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    Main Room
    Seats 100-125 comfortably for meals or meetings. Flatscreen with DVD player and speaker system with microphone available.
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    Deck
    16ft x 60ft deck extends your event to the great outdoors and includes a beautiful view of Lake Tyler.
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    Kitchen
    Amenities include commercial gas range, double sink with disposal, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, microwave, ice maker, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.

Conference Room

This meeting room seats 30-40 comfortably and has a full kitchen. There is also an outdoor charcoal grill/smoker. This room is perfect for a staff retreat or a small family gathering.

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    Main Room
    Seat 30-40 and perfect for a staff retreat or a small family gathering.
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    Patio
    Barbeque grill available. Charcoal not provided.
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    Kitchen
    Full kitchen with everything you need to entertain your team or your family function.

Lawhon Cabin

Located by the Pavilion and boat ramp with a great view of Lake Tyler from the front deck. This 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin has a full kitchen and outdoor BBQ grill.

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    Lake View

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    Front Deck
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    Guest Room

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    Kitchen
    Electric range and oven, double sink, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.
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    Living Room
    Sofa has a fold out bed.
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    Master Bedroom
    The master bedroom has a queen size bed.

Clem Cabin

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.

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    Front View
    The Clem cabin is located on the Motel side of the Retreat.
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    Kitchen
    The kitchen has an electric range and oven, double sink, refrigerator/fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and various pots, pans, and utensils.
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    Living Room
    The living room has a couch and various chairs.
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    Master Bedroom
    The master bedroom has 1 queen size bed.
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    Guest Room
    The guest bedroom has 2 bunk beds that sleeps 4.

Motel

The Motel (capacity 3 per room) 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.

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    Back View
    The back of the Motel gives a great view of Lake Tyler.
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    Front View
    The Motel has plenty of parking and has a great rustic feel to it.
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    Porch
    There is a brand new wrap around porch that gives a panoramic view of the Retreat Center.
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    Motel Room
    Each Motel room has 1 queen and 1 twin size bed and a small bathroom.

DORM

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.

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    Outside
    The dorm is located right across from the conference room and is perfect for group retreats.
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    Dorm Bunks
    There are 4 rooms with a total of 64 beds.
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    Dorm Bathroom
    There are 2 bathrooms with 2 toilets, 2 showers, and 3 sinks in each one.

Pavilion

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, covered charcoal BBQ shed 12’x12’, and a large fire pit.

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    Pavilion Inside
    Includes 6 – 15 ft picnic tables with benches on both sides and 6 each 8 ft rectangle folding tables with app. 25 chairs.
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    Pavilion Outside
    The Pavilion is in a perfect location with beautiful Lake Tyler on one side and multiple actives surrounding it.
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    Pavilion Inside
    Small preparation room with one double sink, storage lockers, and refrigerator/freezer. Large portable cooling fan available during the summer months.
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    Grill
    Covered outdoor BBQ area.

General Facilities

Available for general use by GABC members (GABC Member ID Card Required) and Reserved Guests of the Retreat

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    Basketball and Volleyball
    Concrete Basketball Court with goals on each end and a sand volleyball court with regulation net.
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    Firepit
    Outdoor Fire Pit (Approval from Director REQUIRED)
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    Picnic Areas
    7 metal picnic tables with a attached benches on both sides and small charcoal BBQ grills nearby (located between the pavilion and shoreline)
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    Playground
    Childs Playground with swings, seesaws, slides and etc.
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    Boat Ramp
    Concrete Boat Ramp (Annual Permit Required to launch each watercraft-purchased from Director’s office)
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    Sno Cone Shack
    Sno Cone Shack available with approval of the Director during the summer only.
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    Swim Area
    Swim area and dock – No lifeguard on duty- swim at your own risk

POLICIES, RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Church policy applies to all overnight guests.  Click here to view church policy. 
  • Fire Marshall regulations limit number of overnight guests in each facility.
  • Each group is to leave facilities as clean as they found them.
  • Linens, pillows, soap or personal items not provided.
  • No cooking permitted on wooden decks of hotel or lodge.
  • No pets or any animals allowed on premises.
  • NO alcoholic beverages, fireworks, firearms or 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.
  • Parking permitted in designated areas only
  • Campfires are prepared by the camp director in designated areas only. Three day notice required.
  • Additional fees may be added for any damage or destruction to buildings, property, bedding or equipment. 
  • Loss of room keys (or other keys provided for your group by the director) may result in extra fees.
  • Cutting of trees, shrubs or other plant life is prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with policy will result in dismissal from grounds with  no refund issued. 

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