“The desperate need for today

is not for a greater number

of intelligent or gifted people,

but for deep people.”

- Richard Foster


Refocus    Refresh    Renew

Going Deeper Together is a ministry for leaders
with rest, recovery and recharge
as the main focus.

At the present time
there two primary growth opportunities
offered by the Going Deeper Together ministry.


These unique 4-day experiences involve no more than eight men or women and include three different levels of training. Most are held at Subiaco Abbey in Central Arkansas or other similar venues in different parts of the country. At the present time, participation in these intensives is by invitation only from a previous participant. 
For more information, contact Bob Ryan at

Women's Coordinator
Kim Marquette
at kmarq@goingdeeper.org

Small Groups

These unique groups of focused fellowship are comprised of participants from one of the 4-day intensives. They meet monthly, and the purpose is for mutual encouragement in the ongoing practice of the perspectives and disciplines both taught and experienced at the intensive.


On God and His love  for you


Cultivating Emotional & Relational Spirituality
Men’s 1.0 •  10/21-10/24/24
Women’s 1.0 • 10/25-10/28/24


Your mind & heart.


Going Deeper In Heart & Habits
Men’s 2.0 • 10/28-10/31/24
Women’s 2.0 • 11/11-11/14/24


Your Vision.


Going Deeper In Heart & Habits
3.0 • 12/6-12/9/24


This collection includes audio and video resources, materials from Dr. Oliver's presentations, and a blog full of articles about emotional and relational health. Visit our Resources page for more information. 


"I came discouraged, dejected, depressed
and seriously considering resigning after over

22 years of ministry.

I left better equipped and more encouraged
 than I've ever been with my faith renewed,
my passion revitalized and my hope restored.."
"It was clear that at just the right time
God's sovereign hand brought me together with this group.

God heard the cry of my heart and answered my prayers
in ways I never could have imagined."
"I was in an extended dry time time spiritually,
both personally and pastorally.
This intensive brought a fresh clarity from the Lord,
through which I left refreshed & encouraged
with a renewed commitment and a very real joy."

Why we give.

God is generous and so he calls us to be as well.  What we do with what God has given us shows the world where our hearts are at and helps proclaim the gospel. We want to glorify God with every area of our lives, and that includes what we do with our finances.


In addition to the intensives, we offer seminars on various aspects of Leadership and Emotional & Relational Intelligence (ERI). Topics include understanding and managing a wide range of emotions, communication, and conflict management, as well as understanding different perspectives on personality preferences (MBTI, Enneagram, etc.) to increase your effectiveness in your personal and professional relationships.

Gary J. Oliver, Th.M. Ph.D.

Dr. Oliver is a founding member and Senior Facilitator
with the Going Deeper Together ministry.

He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in both Arkansas and Colorado, Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and for over 30 years has served on the Executive Board of the American Association for Christian Counseling (AACC).

His five earned degrees include a B.A. from Biola University, an M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

He has over 30 years experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling, has spoken and provided professional training both nationally and internationally, including speaking to over 1,000,000 men in live venues for Promise Keepers.

He is also Professor Emeriti of Psychology & Practical Theology, Founding Executive Director Emeriti of The Center for Healthy Relationships and namesake of the Oliver Endowed Chair of Marriage, Family & Relationships at John Brown University.

He has authored over 20 books and 350 professional and popular articles. He has spoken and provided professional training nationally and internationally, including speaking to over one million men in live venues for Promise Keepers. Gary teaches, trains, and consults with church and parachurch ministries, community organizations, corporations, seminaries, Christian colleges, and universities nationally and internationally to strengthen relationships and help folks go deeper in their relationship with Christ.

Bob Ryan

Founding member” of the Going Deeper Together ministry.

Bob Ryan is a native of Northwest Arkansas. After serving in the Army, he worked in retail for 30 years. He then had the joy of serving as a small group pastor at a large local church for 12 years. He followed this with a transition into mentoring, discipleship, and guiding others. His heart continues to be in discipleship and seeing leaders develop and grow.

After attending one of the first Going Deeper Together intensives, he gained some significant insights regarding the cultivation of emotional and relational spirituality. This included a growing understanding of how becoming "conformed to the Image of His Son" (Romans 8:29) involves the whole person—thinking, feeling, and doing.

Over the last several years, Bob has been integral in offering relationship intensives for church leaders and lay people, first with The Center for Healthy Relationships and now with Going Deeper Together.

Kim Marquette

Kim Marquette is the daughter of the most-high King and lives out her calling through a variety of roles.

Wife to John Marquette for 38 years. Mom to four married children (so make that eight) and GiGi to ten grandchildren, blended, adopted, and born!

A stay-at-home mom for twenty years, Kim reentered corporate America in 2006 and discovered the beauty of ministry in the marketplace.

Kim is the VP of marketing at DaySpring, a subsidiary of Hallmark. The vision of DaySpring, helping others experience and express the life-changing message of God’s love, perfectly aligns with her longing to see women discover who God created them to be and grow in that assignment—nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.

In 2019, Kim attended the first Going Deeper Together for women and uncovered a new level of intimacy with Jesus in the silence of solitude. Her fear of quiet melted in the sunshine of Subiaco.

Today, Kim serves as the Women’s coordinator for Going Deeper together to serve other women as they experience Jesus in fresh new ways.