Harold & Kimmy Otterlei
We’re a place of hospitality where rest, retreat and renewal can take place for missionaries, pastors, and Christian workers.
Provide respite for renewal in body, mind, and spirit through pastoral and coaching care–creating a safe haven in which healing can take place, allowing you—our guests, to safely unburden issues in your life.
Our Approach in Caring for You
As coaches—not counselors, we seek to listen attentively and to ask questions that can help you process the issues you are facing. At times, we may share from our own journey in pastoral ministry and from our work with missions. We will seek to make your personal retreat a renewing experience for you.
Ways We Can Serve You at The Lodge
When you make a booking request with us, we’ll ask you how we can best serve you. We offer compassionate listening, life coaching, debriefing and prayer—or, simply a place of solitude. Whatever you share with us is always held in confidence. Finally, we are certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Assessment. (View their website to learn more.) If you choose this, the assessment inventory would be completed a minimum of one week before your arrival.
About Your Care Hosts—Harold & Kimmy
Married since 1983, we have been involved in pastoral ministry in Oregon and Massachusetts. During this time, we raised two girls and a boy.
After serving as a senior pastor for several years, Harold encountered significant difficulties with some leadership and became discouraged to the point of wanting to resign.
At that juncture, God provided an “oasis” in our desert—through a pastoral couple that invited us to their home for a day. They provided a safe place to process our frustrations and discouragement. They listened, nourished, and encouraged us. By the time we left that day, we had a sense that God had called us “for such a time as this” to bring forth a breakthrough. And that is what happened—within months there was reconciliation and healing.
Several years later, Harold had a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, which changed everything. Kimmy had to be his caregiver for a time as he recovered and rehabilitated—in the midst of raising three children. He made a miraculous recovery. Over time though, he realized he had new limitations. Still sensing a call to ministry, he transitioned into hospice chaplaincy.
In the midst of these trials God gave us hope which breathed new life into us to stay the course. We found ourselves dreaming about how we could help others stay in ministry and not throw in the towel. That is why we now host an “oasis” for pastors and missionaries with Life Impact, Inc.
Harold holds a M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. We have given ourselves to pastoral care for the past thirty-five years. We enjoy our three grown children—our oldest is married with a toddler daughter.
About your Lodge Hosts—Leland & Jo Anne Nielsen
Leland and Jo have been married for 34 years. Leland grew up in Piedmont, California, where he received a BS in Business Administration. Later, he graduated from Western Seminary with a missions degree. He is self-employed as an independent contractor and builder. Lee built The Lodge in 1997. Lee enjoys fishing, cooking, and serving others.
Having grown up in Nashville, Jo enjoys singing. She graduated from Vanderbilt School of Nursing and then from Baylor College of Medicine and is now a practicing pediatrician in Oregon City.
They both enjoy hiking, serving in several capacities and welcoming others into their home.
They reared their two girls and a boy at the Lodge, but all three are married now with young children.
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