Christian Retreat

Christian Retreat
Bradenton, Florida

Located on the beautiful Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida, Christian Retreat is a year-round conference and retreat center and the home of The Family Church led by Phil Derstine, pastor.

The Family Church at Christian Retreat

The Family Church at Christian Retreat in Bradenton is passionate about family…God’s family…and helping YOU find your place in it.   You’ll find freedom of worship and a passion for the presence of God. You’ll also find friendship and a place to belong. It’s our desire that you and your family would reach God’s highest  purpose and potential for your lives through a  personal encounter with God, systematic Bible study, and genuine Christian fellowship.  Christian Retreat was birthed in the spirit of revival and established by sovereign miracles of God. Today, the same demonstration of power is building strong children, extraordinary youth, healthy singles, refired seniors and dynamic Christian families. With a heart for missions, here at home and for the nations, we’re fulfilling Christ’s command, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”


An Oasis of Spiritual Refreshment…

Located on the banks of the beautiful Manatee River in east Manatee County, Florida, Christian Retreat is a year-round conference center, family church, resort, and so much more. Since 1968, the Retreat has hosted the nation’s top Christian leaders, bringing believers together from all denominations and cultures, to be refreshed and strengthened in their faith.

Group Services

Christian Retreat is the place for your spiritual retreat, meeting, event, banquet, youth camp, or conference.  Resting on the banks of the beautiful Manatee River on Florida’s West Coast and close to beaches and I-75, Christian Retreat is the ideal location for you to relax, renew, and refresh with your group.   Our goal is to provide you with a quality, Christian environment for a productive and memorable event. Your group will have the option to select from a variety of meeting rooms  that accommodate from 10 to 1,000 people with 110 spacious hotel-style rooms boarding a tropical lagoon. Recreational activities abound and you will enjoy dining in our buffet style cafeteria. Our experienced event coordinator will consult with you on your requirements; from selecting a date to choosing refreshments.  At Christian Retreat you will receive more effective service, more value and more meeting for your money.

Prayer Island

Experience The Presence Of God At Prayer Island!

Christian Retreat has always been a place of refuge and prayer. Now, Prayer Island, our 40 acre preserve across the Manatee River, is accessible by pontoon boat, and being further developed as a secluded place of prayer for you to get alone with God. Experience the presence of God in a totally pristine, natural Florida tropical preserve with walking trails and prayer stops. Benches mark 12 different prayer stations relating to the 12 Gates of Jerusalem, with information about each gate and a related prayer focus.

“Be still, and know that I am God,”
(Psalms 46:10)

Christian Retreat was breathed into existence through God-given vision and the miraculous power of prayer. This remote part of the property has been used for Missionary Training and our Youth Leadership School. Now, God is leading us to upgrade the facilities and establish Prayer Island as a secluded place of prayer. As God provides, our plans include a foot-bridge across the Manatee River making Prayer Island even more accessible.

Christian Retreat Prayer Island

Important Tips

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately.
  • Porta-potty and bottled water at the Prayer Pavilion in the center of Prayer Island.
  • Pontoon boat shuttles are scheduled at the front desk of Miracle Manor.


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