Retreating into Wholeness

19th March to 24th March 2018

£295 Half Board - 5 nights


There are a number of examples in the Bible where certain individuals took responsibility for the sins of their nation/community in response to which God poured out his Holy Spirit in bringing restoration and revival.  The amazing factor is that none of these confessors ever took part personally in the sins of their nation and some were not even alive at the time; yet God heard and honoured their confessing hearts.  What about us?


Russ Parker - Brief biography

Rev Dr. Russ Parker was Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation from 1995-2013.   Russ’s contribution as Director was to teach, write, develop training materials and lead a dedicated staff of over 20 people.  

Russ was Acorn's International Ambassador in which he was responsible for developing partnerships on listening and reconciliation in 12 nations ranging from Rwanda, Burundi, Hong Kong and the United States.

Russ is now the Director of 2Restore: Healing Church Wounds which exists to help churches to resolve and heal their legacies of unhealed stories and their issues and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends

Russ is the author of a number of books which include:  “Healing Dreams”, “Healing Death’s Wounds”; “Free to Fail”, “Healing and Evangelism,”  “Forgiveness is Healing”, “The Wild Spirit,” “Visions in the Night,” “In Search of Wholeness,” “Healing Wounded History,” Wild Spirit of the Living God an anthology of prayer poems for public and private use.   His latest book, published in February 2014 is "Rediscovering the Ministry of Blessing."

Russ travels extensively around the UK and abroad, lecturing and teaching on issues connected with Christian Healing and Healthcare, Reconciliation and Church Transformation.

Russ was a Baptist Pastor from 1972 –77, ordained in the Church of England in 1981.  Assistant Curate in Bolton 1981 –1985, Incumbent of Christ Church, Coalville 1985 – 1990, joined Acorn in 1990 and was Director from 1995-2013.  Russ was the Co-founder and Director of Christian Care and Counsel, a Christian Counselling ministry based in the East Midlands.

He is also a co-founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda whose mother house is situated on the holy island of Lindisfarne.

He is a founder member of the Fellowship of Christ the Healer (UK and USA) which exists to resource leaders of residential healing and healthcare initiatives.

He is co-founder of the Whole Person Healthcare Network, an initiative to support and resource Christian healthcare professionals within the NHS.

He has a post graduate degree in Phenomenology and Theology from Nottingham University in which his thesis was entitled Dreams as a Religious Phenomenon.

Russ was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the United States in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Christian ministry and for his many writings and his teaching abilities.  In particular it was given for the standard of scholarship in his book “Healing Wounded History” which is about reconciling peoples and healing places.

Russ is married to Roz and lives near Farnham, Surrey. His hobbies are photography and visiting Celtic holy places.  He supports Liverpool Football Club, whether they are winning or losing!

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