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Kinderlou Forest


Kinderlou Forest Chapel Services

Every Sunday – Join Pastor Lauri Hartley Sunday mornings for a non-denominational service.

9:30am – Children’s Sunday School
10:30am – Traditional Worship Service

Lent Bible Study – Wednesday at 10:30am at The Oaks (Stay for lunch if you’d like to).

You’re invited to meet at The Oaks for lunch and fellowship following worship services on the 1st Sunday of each month,

Good Friday Service – Join us on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 as we remember the events that took place in the hours of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Lauri Hartley

Lauri grew up in Nebraska, she is no stranger to the south.   She moved to Columbus in 1996 and most recently was the minister at Willacoochee/Beulah United Methodist Church. Lauri graduated from Troy University and attended Candler School of Theology. An avid sports fanatic and former athlete, Lauri enjoys cheering on the Huskers and Bulldogs, as well as her NFL Fantasy Football teams.

Lauri has two children Mallory and son in law, Blake Thompson, who live in Valdosta and Corey, her son who lives in Colorado Springs. She also has four granddaughters ages 3, 4, 8 and 12, who live here in Valdosta.

“I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) and then switched to the United Methodist Church, and now God brought me this opportunity to be the pastor at Kinderlou, says Lauri. I never thought I would become a minister but when God calls a person should listen. My goals as a pastor are to meet people where they are spiritually, help people to grow in their faith, to preach in a way that makes God relevant and, to be with people in times of joy but also when times are difficult.”

Contact Lauri
PH: (229) 563-2712

Events at The Kinderlou Forest Chapel

Kinderlou Forest offers a worship and wedding chapel for private rental. Located a few miles from the heart of Valdosta, The Kinderlou Forest Chapel provides a unique, intimate venue for an elegant, unforgettable ceremony.

The Kinderlou Forest Chapel can comfortably accommodate up to 140 guests and provides private rooms for both the bride and groom.

The Kinderlou Forest Chapel rental fee includes up to 4 hours in the chapel on the day of the ceremony and one hour for rehearsal on the evening prior to the wedding. Additional hours are available at an additional cost. Any set-up, clean-up or wedding pictures must be done during the ceremony hours.

Receptions & Catering

The Oaks located at the Kinderlou Forest Clubhouse offers a variety of room selections to accommodate private and special events. The Oaks and Kinderlou staff will execute detail beyond expectations to create a memorable event.

For more information or to make a reservation, email

Live Oak Villas

Enjoy your stay and play experience in one of Kinderlou Forest’s beautiful townhomes. Not a golfer? Not a problem! Our townhomes are perfect for wedding party accommodations and out of town guests! The 4 bedroom 3 ½ baths (sleeps four to eight guests), 3000 sq.ft., fully furnished townhomes are located right on the golf course with a spectacular view of Kinderlou’s signature “Ravine” hole.

Kinderlou Forest

4005 Bear Lake Rd., Valdosta GA 31601

(229) 219-2300
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