February 29, 2020, 8 AM – 4 PM

“The Epic Journey”

Join us as we learn from God’s Word about why we are called as Men of God to band together for strength, edification, and encouragement. Gary Heim will share insights from his extensive ministry work and help us unpack scripture that speaks to this vital topic.

Retreat Synopsis:

Every day we wake up to a world at war. Since that tragic day in Eden when Adam believed the lie that “life” was in something other than loving God, we too believe lies. The world, our flesh and the devil tell us life is found in popularity, pleasures, power, possessions, passivity…the list goes on. Truth be told, lies lock us down in defeat, shame and enslavement to the world. But Jesus Christ has come to set prisoners free. Through the Word, Spirit and people of God, He speaks the truth to our hearts—We’re Sons of the Living God; fully known and dearly loved by Him (1 John 3:1). Believing lies makes us life-takers. Embracing the truth makes us life-givers to our families, our friends and to others around us. Let’s become a band of brothers and engage this epic journey together. Let’s learn how to walk in the truth so we can live in the joy of loving God and loving others.

  1. Session One: Engaging the War Within
  2. Session Two: Becoming a Band of Brothers
  3. Session Three: Entering the Battle for Others

Contact Tom Crane, or Pastor Tom for more information.




Gary Heim, MA, LLP

For twenty two years Gary Heim served as pastor of small groups and men’s ministries at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford MI. In addition, he taught small groups and spiritual formation at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary as an adjunct professor. Prior to coming on staff at Blythefield, Gary had a private counseling practice for ten years. Gary has recently transitioned from the church to True North Ministries of which he is the founder and President. Through True North, Gary continues a private counseling practice and speaks to churches and Christian organizations about spiritual growth, discipleship, men’s issues and other related topics.

Gary and his wife Lisa have been married for over thirty five years. They coauthored their first book, True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life through Kregel Publications in 2011. They have two adult children who are married.

Gary enjoys woodworking as well as backpacking, fly-fishing and hunting throughout Michigan.