Our Speaker, Martin Ban, Pastor
Martin Ban is head pastor at St. Jude, Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX. Over the past 20 years Pastor Ban has planted and pastored churches San Francisco, Ca and Santa Fe, NM. He originally moved to Dallas in 2015 to serve as President of Redeemer Seminary.
Steve Purcell, Executive Director of Laity Lodge, said, "I consider Martin a deeply trusted ally and friend of Laity Lodge. He is one of our favorite people to have speak at retreats on account of his wisdom, gifted style of communication, and personal warmth. He has a deep understanding of the Church as well as the wider culture. He is winsome, shrewd, discerning, and always shows up for the occasion."
The Rev'd Neil Alan Willard, Rector
I invite the men of Palmer Memorial Episcopal and our guests from other faith traditions to attend Palmer’s 10th Men’s Retreat at Laity Lodge, a beautiful and recently renovated retreat center located on the banks of the Frio River in the Texas Hill Country. It will begin on Friday, March 8, and conclude on Sunday morning, March 10. That weekend falls at the beginning of the Season of Lent.
This retreat can be a time of introspection and preparation, as you reflect on your own life and ministry, at the beginning of your Lenten journey to the cross, followed by a joyful celebration of Easter. Join us and find strength in the company of other men who are traveling that same road in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, who calls us each by name, including you. I hope to see you there!
The retreat will start on Friday night with dinner at 6:00 pm and end on Sunday with an early brunch. The retreat will feature a series of enriching and challenging talks, small group discussions and personal, as well as social time for a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, biking, hiking, reading, napping or doing nothing.
Why should I attend?
For yourself: Get away from the rush of the city and take a holy break in the awesomeness of the Hill Country. Hear Martin Ban’s message, and be open to the words and lives of those who share the walk of discipleship.
For your brothers in Christ: Be present to them, and bring your spiritual gifts into the Body of Christ, more fully, more intimately. Who knows, you may have the very word that the guy sitting next to you at dinner needs to strengthen his faith and become a stronger disciple.
For your God: Come worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness, and in His creation. No smog, no traffic and no cellular reception to filter out what He has in store for you.
Registration & Cost
The cost for the retreat is $330 per person which includes double occupancy accommodations and all meals. A few single rooms may be available. Palmer has guaranteed attendance of 45 persons, so please register as soon as possible, and no later than February 5. Please use the link below to register:
For assistance (and to provide roommate preferences), email Nicole Votolato, the Laity Lodge Registrar at
Cancellation Policy: If cancellation notice is received on or before 14 days before the start date of the retreat, the individual will be responsible for an administrative fee of $100. If cancellation notice is received less than 14 days before the start date of the retreat, the individual will be responsible for the entire cost of the retreat. Please contact the registrar in case of extenuating circumstances.
For further information contact:
Contact Jim Lober (713.858.5900), John Fields (832.544.1051) or Burdette Keeland (713.320.3611)