We take pastors into the wild of Alaska where they can unplug, refresh, refocus, and renew.

ISAIAH 40:28-31

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will RENEW their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

PSALM 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God,  and RENEW a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence
 or take your Holy Spirit from me. RESTORE to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

LUKE 5:16

...But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed...

The Team

Jim Sackett

-Founder, President, Adventure Guide, Pastor, Business Developer  

Jim Sackett


Cheryl Sackett

-Co-Founder, Treasurer, Hostess, Cook, Physical Therapist 

Cheryl Sackett

Marty Giese

-Vice President, Pastor

Marty Giese


Bruce Kriens

-Board Member



Sarah Sackett

-Secretary, Assistant Adventure Guide, Marketing, Logistics Coordinator


Who We Are

RenewU Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located on the Chatanika River in interior Alaska. We provide a time for pastors to renew. We are currently developing our Chatanika property. Our first cabin and tent platform are up with plans for a lodge, more cabins, and a pavilion in the works. We know that it isn't easy to be a pastor and that they never get a true break. We wanted to create an opportunity to not only check things off their bucket list (visit Alaska, go fishing in Alaska, go hiking in Alaska, etc.) but also to have a chance to refresh and renew.  

Some statistics that prove the need for RenewU:

  • 75% of all pastors considering quitting today
  • 1 in 6 do quit every year
  • 90% work over 46 hours per week
  • 80% feel ministry negatively affects family
  • 70% have lower self esteem because of job
  • 40% have serious conflict with church member once a month
  • 70% do not have a close friend (no outlet)

Our goal is to encourage those who may be already within these statistics or prevent pastors from getting to the point of being included in these statistics. 

Sacketts in Kodiak Alaska. 

Sacketts in Kodiak Alaska.