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In 1997, Jesse and Amy Easley met while doing Youth Ministry in Waco, Texas, and were married in 1999. The Lord has blessed them with four beautiful children. While living in Waco, Jesse and Amy were both involved in different aspects of ministry and attending college. Jesse graduated from TSTC with his Associates in Heavy Duty Mechanics, Diesel Ag Equipment, and Diesel Truck Equipment. Amy graduated from Baylor with a double major in English & Environmental Science with a Minor in Biology.


Jesse went to Haiti for the first time in 1997 and fell in love with the country and its people. The Easleys have been working there since that time.


In 2001 the Lord gave Amy a vision for building a Retreat Center that would honor and bless Christian Missionaries who would come to stay there. Their policy is, “You pay to stay today, and a missionary stays for free tomorrow.” Stillwater Refuge was established with a generous donation in 2002 and operates solely from financial contributions. This vision has grown and changed to reach youth, married couples, families, and hunters. The heart behind Stillwater Refuge is Amy's healing journey: "I came from a turbulent and unstable home, and nature has always been a safe place, full of comfort and healing. As our world keeps changing, I see the need for everyone to have the ability to access nature and the healing properties that it has to offer."


The family also owns Easley Does It Whitetails. 


Jesse and Amy value covenant marriage, a Kingdom-focused family, and want to honor Christ in all they do. 

Board & A- Team

Board & A- Team

Our Beliefs

-We believe that all Scripture of the Old & New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. 2 Timothy 3:16

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and The Holy Spirit. Isaiah 59:19-60:16, John 6:27, Rom 1:7, 1Peter 1:2, John 1:1, Rom 9:5, Col 2:9, Heb 1:8, 1John 5:20, Acts 5:3-4, 1 Cor 3:16

-We believe that man was created in the image of God; that all humans are born sinful and that the punishment for sin is not only physical death, but spiritual death –eternally separated from God in Hell. Gen 1:27, Rom 3:23, Rom 6:23

-We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ took the punishment for all human sin upon himself when he died upon the cross according to the scriptures.  1 Peter 2:24

-We believe that Jesus is the only Savior and that Covenant Marriage to Him is the one way to spend eternity in Heaven in the presence of God.  John 14:6

-We understand that all who, by faith, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God through this eternal covenant marriage to Jesus.  John 3:1-21, Ephesians 5:22-33, Jer 3:14

-We believe in the physical resurrection of our crucified Lord’s body, in His ascension into Heaven, in His present life there, and in His current ministry as our Bridegroom, High Priest, Advocate, and Meditator with God the father. Acts 1:1-11, 1 John 2:1-2

-We believe that once a person has entered Covenant Marriage with Jesus Christ, their purpose from that point forward is comprised of these three things, 1)Love God, 2)Love People, 3)Make disciples of all nations. Matt 22:36-40, Matt 10:7-8, Matt 28:18-20, Matt 24:14

Our Beliefs

Local History

The Pineywoods of East Texas have long been revered for its lush, natural beauty and diverse local history.  Long before any of us ever traversed these woods, the pioneers & Caddo Indians already made their marks.  Stillwater Refuge is located in Houston County, the first county established by the Republic of Texas.  While you’re here, take time to explore the infamous Edens-Madden Massacre site, monument, & family cemetery, or maybe take a day trip to see the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Mission Tejas, Texas State Railroad, or drive sections of the Camino Real.  

Local History

“After this time of refreshment, we feel much more peaceful & focused on God & family.”


C Family 

“After a very strange year, by chance, we found this place; we were able to recenter & reclaim sanity.” 


the Rayfords

“I had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer before our family trip.  This was the beautiful, healing spot our family needed.” 

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