Haus Barnabas im Engel, Wiesentalstr. 47, 79694 Utzenfeld, Germany  Tel: 0049 7673 7760    Email:

Haus Barnabas

The Haus Barnabas Team

Our house has been dedicated to God and as members of the team we are all committed to the service of Jesus Christ in local witness in service to all those He sends to us.

Len and Phyl Holder moved into the Black Forest in 1989 and became convinced this should be the location to settle and serve God. The first ‘Haus Barnabas’ was in rented premises and was named after the New Testament companion of the Apostle Paul who was both an encourager of believers and a missionary.
The present Haus Barnabas in a 17th century village hostelry was purchased with the help of the bank in 2002. Deborah Rule joined the Holders to assist in English teaching and Tim Brooks joined as Deb’s husband in 2000. Their two children, Tom and Esther, help to keep the house young and also provide for additional worthwhile contacts with village life.

A number of voluntary helpers have spent time with us for short periods but we are prayerfully seeking for new team members, devoted to God and with a desire to serve Him in the service of others in fellowship with us.  

Your time with us

Our guests come from a range of backgrounds, are of different age groups, and have different hopes from their time with us.

Physical refreshment - We offer a home from home for those looking for relaxation amidst the natural beauty of the Black Forest. We provide a folder of suggested excursions, walks and activities complete with bus and train connections and departure times. In addition we offer mini-bus excursions both within Germany and into France or Switzerland and also guided walks to suit different levels of fitness.


Spiritual refreshment - Every morning there is the opportunity to attend our simple devotional time before breakfast. One evening a week, usually Wednesday, we offer a Bible study time and on other evenings there can be the option of watching Christian DVDs, mainly of key missionary figures or Christian history. On Sunday mornings we have a Bible-based worship and ministry service and on Sunday evenings a time of more open fellowship. Many find the whole atmosphere of the house and spending time with other Christians of real spiritual benefit.

Physical activities - There are excellent walking possibilities with hundreds of miles of marked paths; several open-air swimming pools and thermal baths within easy reach, and for winter sports, ski slopes to suit all degrees of skill and also miles of cross country skiing ‘loipe’. Our local town of Todtnau attracts tourists of all ages with its 2.9 km down-hill mountain coaster which has proved a great hit with many of our guests.

Voluntary helpers

With a minimum of full-time team members we are very depend-ant on volunteers to help both with general housework at busy times and those jobs which otherwise just wouldn’t get done.

Benefits of coming as a volunteer -  (i) Working with a team in a Christian environment with spiritual input through morning devotions, regular Biblical ministry and opportunities for spiritually helpful conversations. (ii) Spending time in a mainly English-speaking house but within a German-speaking community. (iii) Using time, strength and talents in the service of God through serving others.

Types of help needed - In addition to kitchen and housework all types of DIY skills are needed and there is much outside garden and forest work which we ourselves never get to.

Arrangements - Please contact us to offer your services. Most of our helpers are able to finance their own travel arrangements although we are happy to advise on this. For suitable people at suitable times are are able to provide board and lodgings and if you are able to cover basis accommodation costs at £10 per day this is appreciated, although we don’t expect this from students on the one hand or on the other skilled workers giving their time to do specific jobs. We are desperately praying for longer term helpers and in this case we would hope to have the recommendation of a home church.


Len & Phyl Holder

    Help in the kitchen

Sunday service in lounge