Pastor & Spouse Retreat

February 16-19, 2023

Doubletree By Hilton - Asheville Biltmore

115 Hendersonville Road

Asheville, NC 28803

We would like to invite our retired and lead pastors, pastoral staff members, chaplains, evangelists and their spouses, and widowed spouses of ministers to our Annual Pastor & Spouse Retreat. The retreat will the take place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Asheville, NC, just two blocks from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. We will worship together, be encouraged through God's Word, eat and fellowship and plenty of free time to enjoy the beauty of nature and the shops and restaurants in the area.


Meeting and Worship Sessions will be held in the Burghley Ballroom (unless otherwise noted)

4:00pm - Check-In

Free Time


3 NIGHT STAY - Couple

Arrive on Thursday, February 16, and depart on Sunday, February 19
Cost is $537

(Includes buffet breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Friday at noon)

2 NIGHT STAY - Couple

Arrive on Friday, February 17, and depart on Sunday, February 19
Cost is $408

(Includes buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Friday at noon)

3 NIGHT STAY - Single

Arrive on Thursday, February 16, and depart on Sunday, February 19
Cost is $464

(Includes buffet breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Friday at noon)

2 NIGHT STAY - Single

Arrive on Friday, February 17, and depart on Sunday, February 19
Cost is $346

(Includes buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Friday at noon)

If you have questions about the options listed above, or would like to inquire about other available options, please contact Rachael Watts at the District Office - 803-794-2209.

**Once you have completed the registration form, please send a check for the full amount payable to "SC District Church of the Nazarene" by mail to:

Attn: Rachael Watts
SC District Church of the Nazarene
150 McSwain Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169





Dr. Carla Sunberg


Dr. Carla Sunberg was elected 43rd general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 29th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June 2017. At the time of her election, Dr. Sunberg was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where she had been serving since January 2014.

She was ordained on the Russia North District, where she and her husband, Chuck, served the Church of the Nazarene for 13 years as pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union. While in Moscow, Russia, she served as director of Compassionate Ministries and later as director of theological education for the field. In 2005, the Sunbergs returned to the United States and began pastoring at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2011, she and her husband accepted a call to serve as co-district superintendents of the East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene.

Sunberg has a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Historical Theology from Nazarene Theological College and the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. In May 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

Dr. Sunberg has a long record of service to the Church of the Nazarene. She has served on the General Board; on the Board of Trustees for NTS and Mount Vernon Nazarene University; as a member and chairperson of the USA/Canada Region's Nazarene Women Clergy Council; and as a member of the board of the Church of the Nazarene's Pensions & Benefits USA. In addition, after serving on its board as the official representative for the Church of the Nazarene, Sunberg also served as president of Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy.


Sunberg is co-author with Gene Van Note of Faxes from Russia (Beacon Hill Press, 1996), as well as author of numerous articles for various church publications. She has also written Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God (Beacon Hill Press, 2014) with co-authors Suzanne Burden and Jamie Wright, Reflecting the Image: Our Call to Mirror Christ in the World (Beacon Hill Press, 2015) written with Keri Mitchell, and The Cappadocian Mothers: Deification Exemplified in the Writings of Basil, Gregory and Gregory (Wipf & Stock, 2017).

Carla was born in Germany, the daughter of missionaries. She loves to teach and train leaders for the future of the church and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of institutions. Her heartfelt passion is a life of holiness and service for the Lord. Carla and Chuck are proud parents of two adult daughters, Christa, who along with her husband, Iain Maciver, lives in England; and Cara, who with her husband, Justin Shonamon, and daughters Mackenzie and Alice, lives in Shawnee, Kansas.

Rev. James Burks

Worship Leader

Rev. James Burks was born in Oklahoma in 1976. At six months old, his father accepted their first pastorate in a small Nazarene Church in Mississippi. This began James’ whirlwind childhood of jumping from state to state and church to church. God placed within him a heart for ministry at an early age and a passion for His people.

After moving to Danville, Virginia for one of his Dad’s pastorates, God allowed James to cross paths with a young lady who would later become his wife, Melissa. God had been stirring a passion for ministry in her heart from a very young age as well. They were married on May 22, 1999 at Indian Cave Youth Camp in Sutherlin, Virginia.

James graduated from Averett University in Danville, Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music. In early 2000, James accepted a position based in Ohio where he traveled for two years with a singing trio performing in churches and coliseums across the United States. During this experience he came to realize that his calling was for local church ministry.

In 2006, James and Melissa, along with their two daughters accepted pastoral staff positions at Crosslink Church in North Carolina. In 2012, both James and Melissa were ordained receiving their credentials with the Evangelical Methodist Church.

Since then, God has allowed their family to grow from 4 to 6. They have three daughters and a son. Kendall is 20, Aubrie is 18, Brennan is 14 and Judah is 10. Seventeen years later, they are blessed to still be actively serving that same congregation leading Worship and ministering to children and youth.