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About Us

The Shack, a ministry of Grace Adventures, is a Christian retreat and conference center. Our desire is to create an environment for adults to take a breath and relax in a peaceful, hospitable setting. The Shack is dedicated to providing individuals, couples, and groups the opportunity to focus on building relationships with God and one another, and to enjoy intentional time together.

The Shack Merges with Grace Adventures

As Marv Deur, founder of The Shack, looked at ministries he felt would continue the legacy of The Shack, he was looking for an organization with a solid Board of Directors, a proven track record of ministry, and a clear vision for the future. After much thought and prayer, he determined that Grace Adventures best fit his vision for The Shack. We are blessed and humbled that Marv has entrusted this ministry to us.  As Marv stated, “The Shack is not changing ownership, it’s changing stewardship.  It has always been the Lord’s.”


Grace Adventures Ministries is a year-round ministry that is passionate about helping people strengthen their personal, spiritual, and professional relationships through trainings, retreats, and camps.

Founded in 1946, Grace has grown from a few weeks of summer camp a year into a continuum of program options that serves over 50,000 people a year. While Grace Adventures hosts adult groups and retreats every year on its campus in Silver Lake, it was built in 1966 with youth in mind. Grace has been praying about how God would allow us to expand our adult ministries.

4 Campuses 
1 Mission

To Impact People with Jesus Christ

Grace Adventures Ministries officially took over management of The Shack
on April 3, 2023 after overwhelming support and approval by the Board of Directors.

We now have four campuses under one mission- to Impact People with Jesus Christ!  On Grace Adventures' campus students and adults create Experiences That Live On through year-round retreats and trainings as well as summer camps and community worship services.  Paradise Ranch provides Life-Transforming Horsemanship in a unique western environment.  Dunes Harbor Family Camp allows families, friends, and churches to build Experiences for Generations at a clean, safe campground.  The Shack now allows Grace Adventures Ministries to have a property and facility that was built purposefully to serve adults and couples.

We offer a continuum of options from self-guided Christian retreats to Shack Sponsored retreats, including couples retreats, pastor retreats, men’s and women’s church groups, church board retreats, and the list will go on. We are excited for how God will continue to use the ministry of The Shack and Grace Adventures!

Grace Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.