Longview Retreat is a non-profit, Christian marriage and family marriage ministry located on a large working farm in northeastern North Carolina. The founders of the Retreat, Joe and Jane Brown, have been married for over 35 years and want to share with others how God has created the marriage relationship to be one full of love and respect between husband and wife. Because they understand the stresses and challenges in marriages and families, they have envisioned Longview Retreat to offer guests a quiet place for Bible study, prayer, mentoring, restoration, recreation, and times of relaxation together as a couple and a family.
The mission of the Retreat is to strengthen and rebuild the relationships within marriages and families by emphasizing the importance of allowing Jesus Christ to be the center of each individual life and relationship. The Retreat operates on the premise that the complete restoration of individuals' and couples' lives only comes when each person is in right relationship with God.
Longview Retreat is built on the premise that God preserved the family farm along with the family for "such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). After years of married life without Jesus Christ, Joe and Jane now understand the impact that God's love and power can have on marriages and families. They believe the family farm is to be an offering to God by sharing the peace, quiet, and natural beauty with others.
Longview Retreat is located on a farm that has been in the same family for six generations. The original house in which the retreat founders live was built in 1827, when the farm began its operation as a plantation. Longview is so named because when the farm was first established, the view from the main house to the end of the driveway was a long one! Due to its location and history, the Retreat took the same name as the family farm, Longview. Although once a plantation where individuals were enslaved, the vision for the Retreat is that each guest who comes will experience the freedom of living in relationship with Jesus Christ as well as with others in mutual love, respect, and understanding.
In addition to the main house, other structures include a smoke house, salt house, dairy barn, kitchen, and tenant houses, which date back to when the farm was operated not as a plantation, but as a share-cropping farm. The original kitchen is a separate building from the home and has been renovated as a meeting facility for programs such as marriage and family Bible studies. The dairy barn is envisioned as a fellowship hall and chapel where couples and families can reconnect. The barn has been weatherized, and the total renovation is in process.
The Genesis House was completed in June 2016. This house is the first of several planned guest cottages. It is a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath residence designed for use by married couples, ministers, missionaries, or anyone in transition (single, divorced, widowed) and in need of restoration and rejuvenation.