Our Story | The Original Vision
Roots + Dream + Philosophy + Spiritual Covering
Dr. William Standish Reed, internationally known surgeon in Tampa, Florida, was a speaking leader at Shrine Mont CFO in 1985. He challenged the group as follows: "Why don't you people wake up? God has put you in the most ideal spot on the East Coast for a healing center. You have spring water the Indians used to use for healing, crisp, clean air, and beauty of surroundings, excellent food, and comfortable quarters. Orkney Springs is available to Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond. People could come, meet Jesus and be healed!" Dr. Bill's vision became the vision of our co-founders, Scarlett Makielski and Margery Cook's, dream for the Healing Center.
In 1990, Scarlett Makielski, a tiny blond LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), said to Margery Cook, "Margery, do you remember what we talked about?" "Yes indeed," Margery said. She threw her arms wide open and announced, "I am available!"
They had many doubts, assured their Lord, through many prayers and tears, that He had selected the wrong ladies for the job. They had not the vaguest idea of how to go about starting what is now The Healing Center. His answer: "That's just great. If you thought you could do it, I couldn't use you. You're just what I need. You will have to stay very close to Me." So Scarlett & Margery surrendered, rolled up our sleeves, and went to work.
Our first conference was held in October 1991. Dr. William (Bill) Standish Reed started our first Healing Center conference off with authority and excellence. The pianist, Barbara Crouse of West Virginia Family CFO, had a miraculous healing. Moving her concert harp from place to place had literally torn her body apart, and she suffered great misery and pain. She was healed as she played for our service after Dr. Bill stood behind her, laid hands on her and prayed, anointing her with oil.
Thus started our first Healing Center conference with great healing and power given through the movement of the Holy Spirit, the blessing of our Father in Heaven, and in praise to Christ Jesus, in the unison of our new community of believers.
As we have grown through His triumphs and our mistakes (plus our beloved Jesus' teaching), several policies have emerged and are stated in our by-laws:
(1) Only Jesus Christ, Son of Father God, shall be preached, taught and worshiped here.
(2) The Holy Spirit has been welcomed within each person, allowing the Spirit to flow freely through each conference and has been given permission to change us or our programs.
We are not rigid or legalistic, but these two policies are not negotiable. Father God has blessed these positions.
We have had a double mission from the start (as clearly stated in the by-laws): (a) to heal the sick as Jesus did, using all scriptural means of so doing, and (b) to teach through speaking leaders - the best we can find - and experiential workshops, "how-to's", as led by Jesus and according to the Bible, in the hope that those called to a healing ministry, the medical profession, pastors, Christian educators and laymen would form healing teams in their local churches, thereby alleviating all kinds of suffering and winning souls to Christ.
"To Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the precious Holy Spirit be all the glory forever! Amen."
-- Margery Cook, founding board member (May 1st, 1998)
→ To assist and equip those called to a healing ministry in their own communities (physicians, nurses, pastors, Christian educators, laypeople, and people from every generation, ethnic group, and background) to form healing teams in their local churches, thereby alleviating all kinds of suffering through the winning of souls to Christ.
The Healing Center, founded in 1985, is a community of believers whose sole purpose is to usher in healing and wholeness in spirit, soul and body through the power of Holy Spirit. In this Spirit and in community with fellow believers, our desire is to see new freedom and joy found through a relationship with our Father God, given through his Son, Jesus.
Each Autumn, doctors, nurses, Christian educators, pastors, laypeople and people from every generation, young and old, meet in the beautiful Shrine Mont Retreat Center in Orkney Springs, Virginia for a three-day retreat in the 100+ year old hotel, historically a hospital during the Civil War, tucked away in the Shenandoah Valley of the Appalachian mountains.
During this retreat, we offer teaching through speaking leaders, experiential workshops, and worship times as let by the Holy Spirit according to scripture, for the building up of the body to go out into the world and bring healing to the nations in the name of Jesus, our Savior and King.
Our hope through these annual conferences is to assist and equip those called to a healing ministry in their own communities (physicians, nurses, pastors, christian educators, laypeople and all others) to form healing teams in their local churches, thereby alleviating all kinds of suffering by the winning of souls to Christ.
“Why don’t you people wake up? God has put you in the most ideal spot on the east coast for a healing center. You have spring water the Indians used for healing; crisp, clean air, beauty of surroundings, excellent food and comfortable quarters. Orkney Springs is available to Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and beyond. People could come, meet Jesus and be healed!”
- Founding quote by Dr. William (Bill) Standish Reed (noted surgeon, author and founder of the Christian Medical Foundation.