District Staff Retreat 2019

  • Event Information

    Stay the Course – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

    Come join us as three CPD pastors at various points in their journey in ministry share what staying the course means to them.

    About the Retreat

    District Staff Retreat is a time of renewal, rest, and refreshing where CPD licensed workers and spouses gather in Whistler, BC. Our time includes sessions together to worship, learn, laugh, share, and gather as a district family.

    Optional Group Dinners

    Interested in getting to know other people in the CPD over great food? On Tuesday, November 5 we have reserved space at local restaurants for you to enjoy time together over a meal with others in the district.

    If you would like to join one of these group dinners, sign up to attend when you register! Please note that this meal is not included in the registration fee.


    Please note that if you are driving on the Sea to Sky Highway from West Vancouver to Whistler you are required to have winter tires. This means that your tires must display either a ‘snowflake in mountain’ symbol or as a minimum have the ‘M + S’ symbol and a tread depth of 3.5mm.

    For more information, please see the DriveBC website.

    • Date and Time

      Nov 4, 2019 - Nov 7, 2019

    • Address

      Westin Resort & Spa Whistler
      4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC

    • Contact


    • Event Map

  • Schedule

    Monday, November 4

    4:00pm Check-In
    7:00pm Evening Session & Dessert

    Tuesday, November 5

    9:00am Brunch
    10:45am Morning Session
    12:00pm Enjoy Whistler
    2:00pm Optional Group Walk - Lost Lake Loop
    4:45pm Optional Group Dinners
    7:00pm Evening Session

    Wednesday, November 6

    9:00am Brunch
    10:45am Morning Session
    12:00pm Enjoy Whistler
    5:30pm Dinner & Evening Session

    Thursday, November 7

    Breakfast on your own
    12:00pm Check out & Departure
  • Speakers
    District Staff Retreat 2019

    Brian Buhler

    Senior Pastor, Pacific Community Church

    Brian and Myrna have three kids and seven grandkids. Over the past 42 years, they have served together in four Alliance churches, currently at Pacific Community Church in Cloverdale. Retiring this December, Brian will focus his energies on spiritual direction, homiletical coaching, and painting landscapes.
    District Staff Retreat 2019

    Michelle Derksen

    Regional Developer, Caribbean Sun

    Michelle Derksen, along with her husband Murray, has been an International Worker with the C&MA for 27 years. Together they have lived and served in various countries and continents and presently have the privilege to serve as the Regional Developers for Latin America and the Caribbean (Caribbean Sun) Region. They have four adult children.
    District Staff Retreat 2019

    Seth Shelley

    Lead Pastor, Maple Park Alliance Church

    Born and raised in Ontario, Seth moved to British Columbia in 2008 where he graduated from Summit Pacific Bible College in 2012. Seth is married to Kayla and they together have three children (Peyton, Lucas, and Heathcliff). Seth is currently pastoring in Quesnel where he enjoys the northern weather and pace of life.
  • Accomodations

    Westin Resort & Spa Whistler

    District Staff Retreat is held at the Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler, BC, and booking is the responsibility of each attendee.

    Booking can be done by visiting the Westin hotel website or by calling 1-866-412-2864 and identifying yourself as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance District Staff Retreat 2019 group.

    A discounted group rate is available until October 4 for rooms from November 1-10, but please note that rooms outside of November 4-7 are dependent on hotel availability. The Westin has a 48-hour cancellation policy for all rooms.

    Check-in: 4:00pm
    Check-out: 12:00pm


    The Westin Resort and Spa offers underground parking for guests. Cars can either be self-parked for $30 plus tax per day or valet parked for $34 plus tax per day.

    There is also parking at the Whistler Conference Centre, located 260 metres north of the Westin Resort & Spa, for $12 per 24 hours. Please note that there are a limited number of stalls available at the Conference Centre and they are on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The 72-hour free parking in day lots 4 and 5 in Whistler Village will not be available after November 1 as these are used for snow removal.

  • Registration

    Registration is now closed.

    Please read the District Staff Retreat Registration and Financial Policy.