About CLUB Ministries

The CLUB Ministries was created in 1981 by two friends in ministry to help their churches and others benefit from time apart from the daily routine. Following Christ's example of getting away, they found that the Holy Spirit is often able to get our attention and devotion when we "retreat" in order to advance as disciples.

Churches of a variety of denominations and individuals of all ages have enjoyed CLUB retreats. Locations range from the mountains to the coast. If you are seeking a Christ centered experience and want to grow, join us for the balance of faith, fun and fellowship on a CLUB Retreat.

Joel Elder

Joel is the co-founder and Program Director of CLUB Ministries and former Director at Camp Oak Hill in Oxford, NC and Rock Fish Meadows Camp in Rose Hill, NC. He served as Campus Minister for Connection Ministries at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. He was previously the Children-Family Pastor for Garner Baptist Church in Garner, North Carolina.

Joel passed away and was welcomed into his heavenly home on March 26, 2024. "... well done, good and faithful servant." ~ Matthew 25:23

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Chris Thore

Chris Thore has been in Christian ministry for 30+ years. A North Carolina native, he and his wife, Becca, have been married over 35 years and have 3 grown children who have wonderful spouses and 2 awesome grandchildren. Pastor Chris' ministry emphasis is through the Holy Spirit and "Celebrating, Connecting and Caring" in the Joy of the Lord! Chris is the founder of SummerShine Resort Staffing Ministry and a co-founder of CLUB Ministries.

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