Our History

Discovery Ministries was founded in 1974 in Westville, NJ. Since then over 30,000 youth, young adults, and family members have participated in spiritual retreats that have helped them grow, pursue their dreams, and develop their God-given talents and gifts.

During 2011-12, the Discovery Retreat House was once again renovated to expand our mission. The radically renovated house provides handicap access to retreat participants and also serves as a “home away from home” for special needs and chronically ill children and adults and their families. These respite retreats and guest days provide families with opportunities to reconnect with each other and with God, emotionally and spiritually – and enjoy themselves as well!The Discovery Retreat House was originally a hunting lodge and then a private residence. Discovery Ministries purchased the building for $25,000 in 1978 and renovated the house during that summer to serve as a retreat house.

Located in the beautiful pinelands of South Jersey near Hammonton, the newly renovated and expanded Discovery House also hosts workshops, conferences, meetings, and training sessions sponsored by church and community service organizations.