Vision:

A world without clergy burnout.

Mission:

Serve, encourage, and inspire church leaders; promoting growth in their relationship with God, their spouse, their family, and staff.

Jesse & Lindsay Urban
Jesse & Lindsay UrbanFounders
Sitting in a pew in 2014, Jesse and Lindsay observed a pastor deliver a parting message to his congregation before going on sabbatical. The Urbans questioned if this man would return from his sabbatical leave at all. The discussions and research that followed helped the Urbans better understand the toll of ministry demands and the very real risk of clergy burnout, leading them to discover their purpose in life. Be Still, Inc., a Wisconsin 501(c)3, was founded by Jesse and Lindsay in 2015. The vision for Be Still: “A world without clergy burnout.” Leaving behind a successful career in the cranberry industry and selling everything they had, Jesse and Lindsay were able to self-fund the first phase of Be Still Retreats in November of 2016 with 5 overnight cottages. Jesse’s parents donated the use of their beautifully renovated barn for meetings. Be Still Retreats utilizes 170 acres of the Urban Family’s 500-acre hunting sanctuary with 3 miles of nature trails cut throughout the area. Guests are encouraged to leave their distractions behind and get alone with God in nature. Christian clergy who become members of Be Still Retreats can book up to a 7-night stay and use as many of the cottages as they need—all for FREE. In 2019 Be Still Retreats was booked to full capacity, serving 1200 guests annually. Seeking God for an expansion plan, the Be Still team set their eyes on the the short-term rental market. All around the world, Christian investment property owners are hosting the public for pay. In collaboration with LodgeLovers.com, Be Still bnb was launched in October, 2023. Like Airbnb and VRBO, but with a God-given purpose. Be Still bnb invites hosts to join in the fight against clergy burnout by providing the tools and resources needed to donate nights to clergy on the Lodge Lovers platform. The Urbans live in Plainfield, WI with their three children.
DaNita Carlson
DaNita CarlsonExecutive Assistant
DaNita joined the Be Still team in 2024. DaNita has many years of experience working with non-profit organizations and building programs that benefit the community and those they serve. She has a heart for sharing her time, talent, and treasure, and is dedicated to making life beautiful for those she meets. She shares, “My husband and I look for ways to use what God has given us to bless others. In this role I will have an opportunity to share how God has blessed us with the means to purchase a vacation home which we now offer free of charge, through Be Stillbnb, to pastors and missionaries seeking respite. I look forward to giving others the opportunity to do the same as I work to help Be Still become a global ministry, fighting clergy burnout. I cannot think of a better way to use my professional and personal experiences, and God-given talents, than to serve at Be Still.” DaNita is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Presley and Peri, a mother-in-law to Jordan and David, a grandmother to Eden and Canaan, a wife of 33 years to Don, and a woman who has a strong desire to help those struggling find strength and hope.
Todd Cour
Todd CourDirector
Todd is a founding board member for Be Still. He has been with the organization since it went from a God-given vision, into a reality. Todd has volunteered with several organizations, including leadership roles for the local hospital, hospital foundation, rotary, and his church. Todd has 20 years of experience in financial planning and is currently a Partner at Buena Vista Investment Management LLC. Todd is grateful for his Family. Todd is happily married to Susan and prioritizes time with her and their four daughters. They currently reside in Rome, Wisconsin.
Joshua Ellis
Joshua EllisDirector
Joshua joined the board in 2024 and is a distinguished graduate of Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, holding a degree in Practical Theology, and in Business Management. Joshua is the co-founder and CEO of Lodge Lovers, while simultaneously serving as the full-time Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Petersburg, Michigan. The collaboration of Lodge Lovers with Be Still bnb has become a passion for Joshua, and he shares a deep commitment to the success of both. He and his wife, Sarah, initially served as home missionaries within the Assemblies of God, through Chi Alpha, at Texas Christian University, transitioning to their current church in 2003. They assumed the senior leadership role in 2012. They are proud parents to five children, and zealous advocates for healthy marriages and families within the clergy community.
Jill Kurszewski
Jill KurszewskiDirector
Jill joined the board of directors in 2019. Her prior work has included fundraising for health care and local nonprofit groups, public relations for telecommunications company and writing for newspapers covering a variety of topics. She has a degree from UW-Eau Claire in journalism. Wisconsin Rapids is her home, which she shares with her husband Wes, three children and a spirited blue heeler. Though Wisconsin has always been considered her home, Jill grew up as an Air Force brat, traveling the country with her family. Her other “homes” are Idaho, Virginia and Oklahoma.
J.P. La Chapelle
J.P. La ChapelleDirector
Since the inception of BeStill, Inc. in 2015, J.P. has been a supporter of Jesse and Lindsay Urban, and their vision to eliminate clergy burnout. He works as an attorney with Ruder Ware, located in Wisconsin Rapids, practicing business law, real estate, estate planning and probate. J.P. is also involved in the Wisconsin Rapids community on a volunteer basis, coaching youth sports and working with other local foundations.
Craig Shuler
Craig ShulerDirector
Craig joined the Board of Directors in 2024. The Fox Valley native has been a leader in ethical Christian corporate management for the past 33 years. For nine years, Craig opened and managed Kinko’s stores across Wisconsin and metro Detroit, and since 2000, has served as President/CEO of DigiCopy in Plover, Wisconsin, the company he also founded, and is now employee owned. Craig was a founding member of TransAct Hope, is a past president, and a current board member of that organization. He is also a board member at Bridge Street Mission in Wausau, Wisconsin. Craig’s other volunteer activities include serving at Woodlands Church, Jobs for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army of Stevens Point, and the Portage County Literacy Council. Craig and his wife Julie live in Stevens Point and have five grown children.
Cheryl Urban
Cheryl UrbanDirector
Cheryl stepped onto the Be Still board shortly after its inception in 2015. She is Jesse and Lindsay’s biggest cheerleader, helping behind the scenes to support their vision of a world without clergy burnout. Cheryl retired as a business owner in 2010, at which time she started working side by side with her husband of 44 years converting a rundown barn, located on their property in Plainfield, WI. Their hope was to create a beautiful space to connect and gather with family and friends. Little did they know that God had greater plans for the barn, as well as the property it sat on. In 2015, the property became the home of Be Still Retreats, serving pastors and missionaries looking for respite. Cheryl is an active member of Stone Bridge Bible Church in Wisconsin Rapids. She has two grown children and five grandchildren, which she loves spending time with!
Wade Van TasselDirector