WELCOME to Our Peaceful Haven!

Since 1977, The New Ebenezer Family Retreat and Conference Center has welcomed many guests and visitors into our fold. Situated on a peaceful tract of land amidst whispering pines and sparkling waters, New Ebenezer is a non-profit retreat facility that provides comfortable accommodations for our guests, an expansive conference facility, and heartfelt hospitality in the remote and beautiful setting of coastal Georgia near Historic Savannah, Georgia.

Founded on Christian principles, ours is an ecumenical retreat center that’s become a welcoming haven for those seeking personal growth, quiet time, meditation and relaxation.

At New Ebenezer, we embrace all that is good in life, and invite you to be our guest. Our unspoiled corner of the Earth is situated on the banks of the Savannah River, where you can renew meaningful relationships, and establish new ones with other guests, families and conference attendees. Our abundance of beautiful & private areas on the property inspires one’s inspiration for personal reflection and renewal.

Come join us to calm your spirit and soothe your soul – as we explore, learn, play, reflect, worship, rest, and renew.

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Our rural setting and quiet environment lends itself to times of rest and contemplation.

The New Ebenezer Family & Retreat Center is staffed with a full time Director and Education Coordinator, and staff members for our office, housekeeping, kitchen and food preparation, and property maintenance. We also have a volunteer board of directors consisting of 13 members.



The purpose of this ministry shall be to strengthen the family, to encourage wholesome recreation in an unspoiled environment, to provide a positive setting for learning and growth, and to empower individuals, couples, families and groups to experience renewal with each other, and with God.

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Family Reunions

Families have gathered at our haven-in-the-woods since 1977.

For over 40 years, New Ebenezer Retreat has welcomed families to bond, reunite and rejuvenate their spirit on our peaceful tract of land situated in Rincon, Georgia. You and yours can soothe your soul here – amidst natural surroundings – and we welcome all in to our fold.

Founded on Christian principles, our non-profit retreat and ministry offers charming guest-cabin accommodations, a modern conference and gatherings’ facility, and wholesome meals – it’s an all around pleasant place to stay!

Here, your family can re-establish spiritual bonding together, and rejuvenate!

New Ebenezer Retreat has become known as a welcoming haven. All who come here enjoy our down-to-earth and heartfelt hospitality, and many of our guests return on a regular basis. For all who seek quiet time, bonding, spiritual and personal growth, meditation and relaxation – our sanctuary amidst the woods is the place to be.

We are dedicated to inspiring your family’s bonding, personal reflection, and renewal. We have an abundance of beautiful & private enclaves on our property to enjoy.

Our tranquil retreat center is situated in the woods on the banks of the Savannah River – and a place where you can renew meaningful relationships, and even establish new ones with other guests and families.

Here, we embrace all that is good in life, and invite you to be our guests. Come with your family to our peaceful retreat to share experiences together. You will leave renewed, refreshed and spiritually energized!

For more information please visit our Facilities tab. And, you may Contact Us to plan your family’s special retreat. Remember to make your reservations early, to secure the dates you desire!

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Ebenezer ALIVE!

WOW! Another exciting year is underway at Ebenezer ALIVE! From September thru May, Many school groups from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina have learned “lifelong skills” during the Ebenezer ALIVE! Education Program.
The New Ebenezer Retreat Center Staff is excited about the new program opportunities for the school groups. The EA Staff continually strives to not only maintain our excellent program at high standards but to improve and move forward.


(Note: The amenities and activities in this video are specific to Ebenezer Alive! only.) 

Ebenezer ALIVE! Education Program, an extension of the classroom, is a “hands-on” enriching educational program for students fourth grade and up that will make an impact not only on the lives of the students, but on the teachers and leaders as well.

While our staff and program facilitators are responsible for teaching and guiding the students through classes/tours, supervision and participation from teachers and/or parents is required.

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Each school group has a customized program that is designed to provide many opportunities during 3 days-2 nights or longer, which includes:

History/Heritage: Experience life in colonial Georgia! Learn about American Revolution and folk-life skills though its music, costumed storytellers, archeological digs, artifacts’ education, Indian lore, and a troop encampment.

Character Education: Development of character traits such as: The Creator; family; respect for self and others; manners; our environment; citizenship; our great nation.

Nature/Environmental Sciences: Appreciate the Earth, ocean ecology, walking nature trails through the forest, farmland and wetlands, water quality, fishing in a pond, and understanding Wildlife.

Our Program Objectives:

  • Develop knowledge and appreciation for U. S. History.
  • Increase knowledge and appreciation for the natural environment.
  • Provide experiences in the development of positive character traits.
  • Expand and positively support schools as a classroom extension by providing “hands-on” experiences in a natural setting for learning and growth.
  • Develop positive relationships between teachers, students, and families.
  • Encourage wholesome recreation in an unspoiled environment.

Cost: Per person includes: lodging, meals, instruction, and educational packet. Side trips offsite from the New Ebenezer Retreat will pose additional costs. Your group is required to provide transportation to off-center site activities.

Please call for reservations as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to your school group “Discovering the Joy and Excitement of Learning” by participating in our Ebenezer ALIVE! Education Program.

Contact: Beth Epling, Education Coordinator at (912) 754-9242; fax (912) 754-7781; Email: [email protected]

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Group Event Photos


Our facility provides a variety of meeting spaces to accommodate your groups needs. Church retreats, summer camps, corporate training and meetings, awards & recognition banquets, family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and other events.



Here, you can gather together for an unforgettable experience!

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Our spacious and modern conference center – featuring our “great hall”, and various classroom settings throughout our facility – provides the perfect location for any group’s gatherings. . Meals are also available as a part of our all-inclusive group events.  Our staff can assist you in planning the following:

  • Trips to historic Savannah Georgia
  • The New Ebenezer Handbell Festivals
  • The Georgia Salzburger Society Museum – established in 1925
  • Early Colonial Days Educational Tours
  • Jerusalem Lutheran Church – built in 1769
  • Servant Work Camp Program

Come to our peaceful retreat to share and experience together. You will leave renewed, refreshed and spiritually energized!


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The Fourteenth Annual New Ebenezer Handbell Festival

 The concert is FREE to the public.

Saturday, February 16th & 23rd, 2019

3:00 p.m. at the Mildred D. Kessler Learning Center
(located behind the tennis courts) 


     February 15th-16th , 2019 – Intermediate Festival Featuring – Michael Glasgow


Michael J. Glasgow is originally from Michigan. He holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism; as well as a Master of Church Music degree, with emphases in both choral and handbell music. In addition to his full-time position at North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC), Michael serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus. A passionate composer with an “abundant melodic gift” (New York Concert Review), he keeps busy with commissions and his own projects, and has been honored by several contests for organ, handbell and choral compositions. Michael is proud to have served as the inaugural conductor for the annual Anthornis and Anthornis North advanced-ringing events in Minneapolis and Fargo; and to have conducted in England, Canada, and on a cruise ship in the Eastern Caribbean.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Requiem in June 2017, and has numerous international conducting engagements to his credit.  Michael is member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Mensa and several other professional organizations. Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.


February 22nd & 23rd, 2019 – Advanced Festival Featuring – Kevin McChesney

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 Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 450 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full‑time vocation. He has won numerous awards for his work, including American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Composition Contests and Jeffers Composer of the Year. Kevin was a church music director in Methodist and Presbyterian churches for twelve years. For five years, he was also accompanist and co‑director for the vocal music department at Air Academy High School, where he co‑directed a major production each fall season for eleven years. Kevin is currently the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the Ringing World catalog. He directs an auditioned community handbell choir, the Pikes Peak Ringers. He is also co‑founder of the Solo To Ensemble Project, STEP, and authors a quarterly newsletter containing instruction and information for handbell programs, the Handbell Classroom. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor. Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Belle and Grace Note.



                    Swimming Lessons June 4-14, 2018 – Instructor: Christy Rought



Swimming Lessons 2018