Story & Soul


Story & Soul

"Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul." Psalm 66:16

Story & Soul Weekend is a weekend retreat for and by women, designed to prioritize Scripture, Stillness, and Sisterhood. Desiring to provide participants with an opportunity to commune with their Creator and His Church, we pray that each woman will leave with her gaze firmly set on things above and lips that cannot help but proclaim, "Look what God has done!"

We serve women and women's ministries in the Memphis, Tennessee area*:

  • Individuals, small groups, discipleship groups, mothers and daughters, and friends who attend Story & Soul will come away refreshed by the solid scriptural focus, the slow, restful itinerary, and the space to connect with God and one another. Read a few testimonials here!
  • Ministries who partner with us are able to provide their women with a meaningful, quality, vision-rich retreat without overextending their leaders.  (Interested in your women's ministry participating in the 2018 or 2019 retreat? Email us at

*Hey, if you love what we're doing and live out of town, we'd love for you to travel to us and attend the weekend!




Mark your calendars!

Story & Soul Weekend 2018 will take place December 7-9 at The Country Place Retreat (1850 Price Road, Moscow, TN 38057), a beautiful and picturesque space about an hour outside the Memphis area, and the perfect setting for a weekend of worship and rest. For more information on the location, visit their website.

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Colleen Searcy, Speaker

We are SO excited that Colleen Searcy will be coming to Memphis to teach both Saturday sessions! We have no doubt that God will speak through her and use her lively way of teaching and her affection for his word to deeply minister to our hearts. Women love learning from Colleen because she’s engaging, funny, and pairs biblically sound interpretation with helpful application.

Here’s more about Colleen:

She deeply desires to see women anchor their hope in the God of the Bible as they get to know Him through the study of His Word. She serves as Minister to Women at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas, and she speaks at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the year.

Colleen and her husband, Wes, have served in churches together in Florida, Colorado, and Texas for over 20 years. Wes is president of NEXT Worldwide, a mission organization that mobilizes students and adults to plant churches around the world.

She loves being the mom of her two teenage boys, Sam and Tate.


Ashley Fisher has been married to her husband Adam for eleven years and they have four beautiful children. When she is not knee deep in laundry and running the kid shuttle, she enjoys leading worship with her husband, writing for her blog, and sitting down for coffee with close friends.




CHRISTIN POLEY, Discipleship Director

Christin ensures that the Story & Soul vision is effectively supported by and executed through logistics, materials, and a discipleship focus.


Caroline provides and communicates the vision of Story & Soul and manages original content for the organization. Each year, she shares the meta-narrative of Scripture during one of our sessions.

MEGAN MORRIS, Creative Director

Megan ensures that the vision of Story & Soul is visually communicated through materials, atmosphere, branding, and social media interactions.



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Donna is a devoted student of God’s Word and has written and taught Bible Studies for the past 30+ years.  She is the author of four books, There’s Gotta Be More,  Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, Leaving Ordinary, Encounter God through Extraordinary Prayer and her fourth book, which came out in August of this year, Choose Wisely, Live Fully. Donna is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church and currently serving as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Donna is a graduate of Union University (B.S.) and Texas Woman’s University, (M.Ed.). Steve and Donna have been married for 37 years and have four children and eleven grandchildren!


Catherine Parks, SPEAKER

Catherine Parks lives in the Nashville area with her husband, Erik, and their two children. She is a co-author of A Christ-Centered Wedding, and is working on a forthcoming book on relationships and repentance. She loves teaching God's Word, leading song worship, playing volleyball, and reading good books. 

Ariyana Rimson - Story & Soul Weekend

Ariyana Rimson, SPEAKER

Ariyana Rimson is a counselor at the Moriah House and is heavily involved with Downline Ministries. She teaches and speaks throughout the Memphis area. Her passion for women and discipleship has been a blessing to many!




General Itinerary

Every element of the weekend is designed to support our vision of Scripture, Stillness, and Sisterhood. Here's a general idea of what you can expect.       

Friday night:

  • Coffee & Check-In
  • Worship Session One

Saturday morning:

  • Extended morning coffee time
  • Worship Session Two
  • Personal devotionals
  • Breakout Session One

Saturday afternoon:

  • Lunch
  • Breakout Session Two
  • Rest: Nap or Stretching Class
  • Free time

Saturday evening:

Sunday morning:

  • Extended morning coffee time
  • Group photo
  • Local churches return to home church for later service