About us

Be Still Retreats is a cost-free, adult only retreat facility. We serve Christian clergy and ministry leaders, their spouse and support staff.

Vision

A world without clergy burnout.

Everything we do is focused on serving, encouraging and inspiring our Church leaders.  Pastors and missionaries, including ministry leaders need to put effort into keeping their relationship with God, their spouse and support staff strong.  Our purpose is to make that easier.  We encourage guests to remove themselves from the rush, relax, be still before God and rest in Him.

We see individuals: Going deeper with God, purposefully seeking Him in the stillness of His creation.

We see marriages: Strengthened through undistracted intimacy in the unadulterated beauty of nature.

We see Church leadership teams: Strengthening their foundation by getting off campus and learning about each other, closing gaps in communication and seeking God to help them through growth and change.

We see strong leadership in the Church, rested, with clear vision and a renewed passion for their ministry.

Mission

Serve, encourage, and inspire Church leaders; promoting growth in their relationship with God, their spouse, and support staff.

We follow the instruction given to the Thessalonian church by Paul: “Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work.  They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.  Show them great respect and whole hearted love because of their work.  And live peacefully with each other.”  1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.

We are encouraged by John’s letter to Gaius: “Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you.”  3 John 1:5.

As our name suggests, we promote “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.  We encourage guests to leave their daily distractions behind and quiet their minds with the stillness of nature, opening the door for God to truly inspire them.

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Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith

Be Still, Inc., acknowledges the Bible as its supreme authority in matters of faith and practice. The Corporation’s Statement of Faith is necessary for the fulfillment of its purposes and is the basis for unity of its membership. The Corporation accomplishes its business and objectives in accordance with the following doctrinal beliefs:

A. We believe there is one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function.

B. We believe that all things were created by God. Angels were created as ministering agents, though some, under leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. The universe and everything in it was created in six days and is continuously sustained by God; thus it both reflects His glory and reveals His truth. Human beings were directly created in the very image of God. As reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world.

C. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God; it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author’s language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

D. We believe Adam, the first man, was created in the image of God, formed by God of the dust of the ground, and breathed life into his nostrils from God. Eve, the first woman, was formed by God from Adam’s rib, bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, she was taken out of man. God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, they are no longer two but one flesh. Marriage, as sanctioned by God, joins one man and one woman, as it has been since the beginning of creation.

E. We believe Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, all persons are sinners from conception, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin; and they are therefore subject to eternal punishment, under the just condemnation of a Holy God.

F. We believe that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all, was buried, and on the third day He arose physically and bodily from the dead. He ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father as High Priest and Mediator of the new covenant, interceding for all believers.

G. We believe that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

H. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again, conforming them to the likeness of Jesus Christ, this process completed only in Heaven. Every believer is responsible to live in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin.

I. We believe that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent. At a time only known to God, He will raise the dead and judge the world. Non-believers will be separated forever from God in Hell. The saved will live forever in Heaven in fellowship with God.

Our team

Staff

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Jesse & Lindsay Urban

Founders
Sitting in a pew in 2014, Jesse and Lindsay observed a pastor deliver a parting message to his congregation before going on sabbatical. The Urbans questioned if this man would return from his sabbatical leave at all. The discussions and research that followed helped the Urbans better understand the toll of ministry demands and the very real risk of clergy burnout, leading them to discover their purpose in life. Be Still, Inc., a Wisconsin 501(c)3, was founded by Jesse and Lindsay Urban in 2015. The vision for Be Still: “A world without clergy burnout.” Leaving behind a successful career in the cranberry industry and selling everything they had, Jesse and Lindsay were able to self-fund the first phase of Be Still Retreats in November of 2016 with 5 overnight cottages. Jesse’s parents donated the use of their beautifully renovated barn for meetings. Be Still Retreats utilizes 170 acres of the Urban Family’s 500-acre hunting sanctuary with 3 miles of nature trails cut throughout the area. Guests are encouraged to leave their distractions behind and get alone with God in nature. Christian clergy who become members of Be Still Retreats can book up to a 7-night stay and use as many of the cottages as they need—all for FREE. Jesse and Lindsay have three kids; Ruby, Breckin, and Archer. All the kids love helping out around Be Still.
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DaNita Carlson

Executive Assistant
DaNita joined the Be Still team in 2024. DaNita has many years of experience working with non-profit organizations and building programs that benefit the community and those they serve. She has a heart for sharing her time, talent, and treasure, and is dedicated to making life beautiful for those she meets. She shares, “My husband and I look for ways to use what God has given us to bless others. In this role I will have an opportunity to share how God has blessed us with the means to purchase a vacation home which we now offer free of charge, through Be Stillbnb, to pastors and missionaries seeking respite. I look forward to giving others the opportunity to do the same as I work to help Be Still become a global ministry, fighting clergy burnout. I cannot think of a better way to use my professional and personal experiences, and God-given talents, than to serve at Be Still.” DaNita is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Presley and Peri, a mother-in-law to Jordan and David, a grandmother to Eden and Canaan, a wife of 33 years to Don, and a woman who has a strong desire to help those struggling find strength and hope.
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Linda Maybee

Outreach Coordinator
Linda joined the Be Still team June 2024. Serving alongside her husband for over 30 years in ministry, Linda understands the need to withdraw with Jesus regularly. Linda enthusiastically joins our team with a heart for our mission combined with a diverse background of experience spanning education, administration, and operations. She shares that “Over the years God has taught me to do less striving and more abiding. In doing so, God has led me to opportunities to serve him in ways I would have never imagined.” Linda brings extensive expertise to her role at Be Still. Holding degrees in Psychology and Organizational Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Linda has seamlessly transitioned from classroom teaching to administrative rolls as a Director of Development and Planning for a private school to a general manager of a small business. Known for her strategic planning abilities, Linda has spearheaded many initiatives to enhance organizational efficiency and communication channels. Linda also holds a ministerial license, serving as a licensed minister alongside her professional endeavors. Linda consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence and a passion for fostering growth and development on every team she has served.
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Terri Stakston

Prayer Team Manager
Terri is a devoted Christian wife, mother, and volunteer. Four years ago, while working at a church, she felt a deep need to connect more closely with God. This search led her to Be Still Retreats, where she found solace and spiritual renewal. During her stay, Terri met Lindsay and learned about the need for a prayer team manager. Feeling a divine nudge, she accepted the position, recognizing the importance of prayer for guests at Be Still. Terri considers it a privilege to serve both Be Still and God by sending out weekly prayer emails to the team, ensuring that each guest is lifted up in prayer. Currently, Terri is semi-retired and actively involved in her church's Women's Ministry Leadership Team. She also volunteers at the Yada Project in Middleton, an organization dedicated to helping trafficked women, and works part-time as an administrative assistant for Eagles Wings Wellness Group. Serving alongside Jesse, Lindsay, and the Be Still Team has been a joyful experience for Terri, as they bring their requests to God together.
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Nicole Jens

Social Media Manager
Nicole joined the team in May of 2024, but God has been at work orchestrating this connection for some time. She jumped right in as our new social media manager. She has a heart for others and for spreading His light; especially on social media. She shares, “God reached me in my brokenness and called me up for so much more than the life I was living. I’m blessed to be a wife and mom of two boys (#boymomlife ). This ministry speaks to me because I can still get caught up in the busyness of life, but God, through His gentle correction, reminds me to slow down and realign my priorities. He orchestrated this opportunity for me to give back to those that do so much for so many; those that have done so much for me. They answer the call Gad has put in their lives but that isn’t without its burdens. I’m beyond blessed to come alongside a ministry that allows them time and places to BE STILL and connect with Him."

Board of Directors

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Todd Cour

Director
Todd is a founding board member for Be Still. He has been with the organization since it went from a God-given vision, into a reality. Todd has volunteered with several organizations, including leadership roles for the local hospital, hospital foundation, rotary, and his church. Todd has 20 years of experience in financial planning and is currently a Partner at Buena Vista Investment Management LLC. Todd is grateful for his Family. Todd is happily married to Susan and prioritizes time with her and their four daughters. They currently reside in Rome, Wisconsin.
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Joshua Ellis

Director
Joshua joined the board in 2024 and is a distinguished graduate of Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, holding a degree in Practical Theology, and in Business Management. Joshua is the co-founder and CEO of Lodge Lovers, while simultaneously serving as the full-time Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Petersburg, Michigan. The collaboration of Lodge Lovers with Be Still bnb has become a passion for Joshua, and he shares a deep commitment to the success of both. He and his wife, Sarah, initially served as home missionaries within the Assemblies of God, through Chi Alpha, at Texas Christian University, transitioning to their current church in 2003. They assumed the senior leadership role in 2012. They are proud parents to five children, and zealous advocates for healthy marriages and families within the clergy community.
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Jill Kurszewski

Director
Jill joined the board of directors in 2019. Her prior work has included fundraising for health care and local nonprofit groups, public relations for telecommunications company and writing for newspapers covering a variety of topics. She has a degree from UW-Eau Claire in journalism. Wisconsin Rapids is her home, which she shares with her husband Wes, three children and a spirited blue heeler. Though Wisconsin has always been considered her home, Jill grew up as an Air Force brat, traveling the country with her family. Her other “homes” are Idaho, Virginia and Oklahoma.
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J.P. La Chapelle

Director
Since the inception of BeStill, Inc. in 2015, J.P. has been a supporter of Jesse and Lindsay Urban, and their vision to eliminate clergy burnout. He works as an attorney with Ruder Ware, located in Wisconsin Rapids, practicing business law, real estate, estate planning and probate. J.P. is also involved in the Wisconsin Rapids community on a volunteer basis, coaching youth sports and working with other local foundations.
Craig Shuler

Craig Shuler

Director
Craig joined the Board of Directors in 2024. The Fox Valley native has been a leader in ethical Christian corporate management for the past 33 years. For nine years, Craig opened and managed Kinko’s stores across Wisconsin and metro Detroit, and since 2000, has served as President/CEO of DigiCopy in Plover, Wisconsin, the company he also founded, and is now employee owned. Craig was a founding member of TransAct Hope, is a past president, and a current board member of that organization. He is also a board member at Bridge Street Mission in Wausau, Wisconsin. Craig’s other volunteer activities include serving at Woodlands Church, Jobs for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army of Stevens Point, and the Portage County Literacy Council. Craig and his wife Julie live in Stevens Point and have five grown children.
Cheryl Urban

Cheryl Urban

Director
Cheryl stepped onto the Be Still board shortly after its inception in 2015. She is Jesse and Lindsay’s biggest cheerleader, helping behind the scenes to support their vision of a world without clergy burnout. Cheryl retired as a business owner in 2010, at which time she started working side by side with her husband of 44 years converting a rundown barn, located on their property in Plainfield, WI. Their hope was to create a beautiful space to connect and gather with family and friends. Little did they know that God had greater plans for the barn, as well as the property it sat on. In 2015, the property became the home of Be Still Retreats, serving pastors and missionaries looking for respite. Cheryl is an active member of Stone Bridge Bible Church in Wisconsin Rapids. She has two grown children and five grandchildren, which she loves spending time with!

Wade Van Tassel

Director
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