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Dates for 2021 will be posted soon!

Join us for founders weekend – a time of refreshment, renewing friendships, and spiritual encouragement. We’ve scheduled some ALERT-style events and a couple of speakers to remind you of the good ol’ days and encourage you in your walk. We have designed activities that will make your entire family feel part of the event. Everything is optional and was created to give you the opportunity to reminisce with old friends, meet new ones, and spend time with your family.

All ALERT Alumni, past staff members, volunteers and their families are welcome to attend.

Registration Form

No Registration Fee
Founders Weekend is a free event.

(Donations will help to cover the cost of the event. Any excess donations will go toward the ALERT Scholarship Fund.)

Lodging & Meals 
Lodging and meals are available and may be purchased on the registration form.

Meals

Pricing
$8.00 Adult Meal
$6 Child Meal (4-11 yrs)

Meal Schedule
Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakfast
Saturday Lunch
Saturday Dinner
Sunday Complimentary Breakfast
Sunday Lunch

Lodging

Booking available on registration form.

$10/night Bunk Rate
$40/night Cabin
$60/night Semi-Private Room
$70/night Private Room

ALERT Alumni that wish to reserve bunk lodging may call our Events Department at 903-636-9201. Bunk Lodging is $10/night and holds 4 men to a room.

If your travel arrangements are not within the specified parameters, you are responsible to find your own transportation to/from the airport. 

Transportation Form

ALERT will provide free transportation to/from the airport for those who fill out the transportation form.

Deadline to sign up for transportation: February 19, 2020

Airport Options
– Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
– Dallas Love Field (DAL)

Time Specifications
– Arrivals must be scheduled before 2:00 PM on Friday, Feb 28, 2020
– Departures must be scheduled after 12:00 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2020

Events & Activities 

Special Guests

Ron and Joyce have been married for 47 years. They have three children and 19 grandchildren. Ron’s work history includes serving as a youth pastor, owner and operator of a carpet service, and 22 years as a staff member for IBLP. During his time with the institute he worked as an overhead operator for the basic seminar, facilities worker at the Northwoods Conference center, pastor of a Bible church, facilities director for the Oak Brook facility, involvement in the Russia and Indianapolis programs, and founder of the ALERT program. Since leaving the ALERT program in 2003 he and Joyce started Whetstone Ministries, a program that serves the needs of families and in addition he completed his undergraduate work and completed two master’s degrees. In 2006 he joined the staff of Washington Regional Medical Center and eventually became the director of the chaplain ministry. In August of 2018 he resigned his position to give more time to the Whetstone ministry.

Chad Stillman and his wife of 15 years, Melissa have two daughters.  Chad served with the Racine Police Department (Racine, WI) for nearly 17 years working in Patrol, Field Training, Mountain Bike Team, Community Oriented Policing, SWAT (Sniper/Operator), Investigations (Homicide, Gang Crimes, and Member of the Safe Streets FBI Gang Task Force for Southeast Wisconsin) Over the Course of his career Chad received the Award of Excellence (9x), Unit Citation (2x), The Exemplary Officer Award, Cold Case Homicide Award, The Meritorious Award, and the Metal of Valor.

Chad’s police career ended after a fatal officer involved shooting in 2018.  After that time Chad sensed God’s calling in his life to get involved in Police Chaplaincy work which prepared his heart to work with Law Enforcement Officer’s struggling with the pressures of job and PTSD.  Chad and his family now live in the Charlotte, NC area.