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Unafraid Youth Retreat

March 3 – 5, 2023

Fear looks different for everyone!

Some people may be afraid of heights, deep oceans, or snakes, while others may be afraid of praying, public speaking or even making a new friend. God calls us to live boldly for Christ wherever we are!

Over the weekend, we will dive deep to see what Scripture says about fear. We will study people in the Bible who were faced with some scary situations, but were able to stand tall with the hope of the Gospel. There will be a lot of laughs, activities and games. On Saturday there will be an extended Night of Worship! Hope to see you there!

Promotional Marketing

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Registration

Cost:

April 1, 2022 – August 15, 2022: $129 Per Person
August 16, 2022 – November 30, 2022: $149 Per Person
December 1, 2022 – March 3, 2023: $159 Per Person

A $49 deposit is required at registration.

Registration Includes:

  • Two-nights lodging in youth housing*
  • Meals in our Dining Room (Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Breakfast)
  • Student workbook or leader guide
  • All program materials
  • T-Shirt

Referral Bonus:

Share this event with other youth groups! Receive 1 fully sponsored student scholarship for each group that puts your name/church group down as a referral during registration. If you refer 10 churches, that is 10 students you can bring at no charge!

 

*Private rooms are available upon request at an additional cost.

Speakers


Blake Patton
Emcee, Breakout Leader

Blake is the Middle School Pastor at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church. Blake worked 5 summers at Ridgecrest Conference Center with FUGE Camps in various roles. RCC has become a home away from home for him. It was the place he received his call to ministry and was cultivated by the Lord for ministry. Blake will graduate with his Master of Divinity in May. He is passionate about students being seen, known, and loved by the Lord.

 


Pastor Stephen Splawn
Keynote Speaker

Pastor Stephen Splawn is a South Carolina native, a third-generation pastor whose father is currently pastoring at Mt Sinai Baptist in Spartanburg, SC, saved at 6 yrs old, baptized at 8 years old, and worked each of his high schools summers with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) leading Vacation Bible Schools in neighborhoods and churches alike.

He met his amazing wife, Jessica, in his senior year of undergrad at USC Columbia in 2005, and in 2006 asked her to be his bride. This led to them moving to Rock Hill, where he began in bi-vocational ministry shortly after, and where his family lived for their first 10 years of marriage. They then transitioned to Columbia, SC where he began to work for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. They have 3 beautiful children. Mackenzie (13) is an 8th grader and loves gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, watching movies, doing her nails, riding her bike, and singing as loud as she can. Xavier (11), who is a 6th grader, loves video games, Superheroes, the beach, being outdoors, soccer, track, basketball, and martial arts. Lucas (1) is an active explorer and loves to learn new things and play with his family! Mackenzie and Xavier are active in sharing their faith in Jesus & love their family time as well.

Pastor Splawn began his Masters in Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and later shifted his studies to Anderson University, where he finished his degree, and is currently working to support their efforts to give scholarships and developmental opportunities to future ministry leaders of Color to be deployed in various communities other nations. He plans to continue with a doctorate in Evangelism, Disciple Making, or Preaching with Anderson’s (Clamp) Divinity School as well. From Jan 2017- Sept 2020, Pastor Splawn was an Evangelism Strategist with the SC Baptist Convention serving over 2,100 churches in South Carolina. In this current chapter as Pastor of First Northeast Baptist Church, the Splawn family’s lives have given them the chance to follow Jesus in a whole new way on a mission He has been preparing them for. Specifically, Pastor Splawn has traveled all over the state of SC in support of pastors, leaders, and volunteers alike, and even abroad to places like Guatemala, Taiwan, Berlin, Juarez, and Hong Kong to develop others in practical and innovative ways to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

His wife, Jessica, has always been supportive, loving, patient, and nurturing during this season of change. She is his best friend and an excellent encourager. She trains in SASS (a self-defense course curriculum for women) and speaks in various Lighthouse for Life events to encourage young women who have been hurt by acts of violence or sustained abuse as both adults and adolescents.

As Blackaby says, “A God-sized task requires us to join Him where He is already working.” I Corinthians 3:9 says, “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” This clearly speaks to this family in their joint role in walking with God in their call to serve Him.

 


Jenna Grace May
Worship Leader

Jenna Grace May is a recording artist, worship leader, and songwriter. She is gifted and anointed with a heart for God’s presence and a love for His people. Her songs are reverent, powerful, and prophetic. Jenna is passionate about seeing people be set free in the life-changing presence of God. She knows from personal experience that just one moment in His presence changes everything.

Growing up across the United States, Jenna moved several times with her family, spending many years in Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Jenna encountered Jesus at a young age and quickly became filled with a desire to share His love across the world. From her earliest memories, Jenna’s parents had her singing in the choir at church and learning how to play the piano and guitar. Jenna soon discovered she had a natural love for melodies and music.

Since graduating with a degree in worship ministry in 2011, Jenna has been leading worship and traveling across the country with her husband, David, who plays in her band. Over the years, she has developed a passion for leadership and a heart for shepherding God’s people. Jenna has experienced much healing through worship, and has watched God do miraculous things through the power of the name of Jesus.

It is her prayer that everyone would coming into a deeper revelation of the love of the Father and be transformed through knowing Jesus as their Savior. Whether through worship, songwriting, or teaching, Jenna’s heart is to make room for the Holy Spirit to guide and lead people into a powerful encounter with Jesus.

Currently, Jenna, David, and their beloved Golden Retriever named, Colorado, live in Greenville, SC as a base for their traveling ministry while pouring into a local church body.

To keep up with Jenna Grace May follow her on Instagram and Facebook. She loves connecting with people so drop her a note!

 

Schedule

Friday, March 3:
6:00 PM  Check-in
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Optional Activity TBD
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM General Session
10:30 PM – 10:45 PM Leader Meeting
10:45 PM – 11:30 PM Free Time/Small Group Time

Saturday, March 4:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Breakout Session #1
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch in the Dining Room
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Breakout Session #2
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Breakout Session #3
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Free Time*
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner in the Dining Room
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM General Session
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Night of Worship
10:30 PM – 11:30 PM Free Time/Small Group Time

*Optional Free Time Activities begin at 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 5:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Check out of Rooms
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM General Session

Additional Information
What Past Attendees Have to Say...

“This weekend has lead several of my youth to Christ. That is the ultimate goal and results you want.”

“Breakout settings were beneficial for boys and girls. All youth and adults Night of Worship was awesome.”

“Great relevant content that opened up lots of conversations and shared experience.”

“Loved the atmosphere and free time to hang out and foster conversations and relationships.”

“Food was great, organization and quick response to questions was excellent. This was a great experience for adults and youth. Thank you.”

FAQ

For any questions, please call 828.669.3592 or email Deanna.Coblentz@ridgecrestNC.com

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

May 28 – June 1, 2023

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is the premier training and networking event for both seasoned and aspiring writers and speakers. This event allows participants the ideal opportunity to interact with editors, agents, professional writers and readers, offering outstanding workshops and continuing classes in a wide array of creative categories. Whether you are a professional writer expanding your skills and networking contacts, or a brand-new writer just beginning to chase your dream, this Christian Writers Conference is the ideal opportunity to take your creative goals to a higher level.

Promotional Marketing

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Registration

Cost:
$375 per person, Sunday – Thursday (anyone staying off-campus pays a $25 facility fee in addition to the program fees.)

  • Accommodations:
    $94 per night for Rhododendron, $104 per night for Mountain Laurel West, and $124 per night for Mountain Laurel East.
  • Meals: $152 per person (12 meals; Sunday Dinner- Thursday Lunch)

The cut-off date for making reservations is May 12, 2023.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Speakers

Edie Melson – BRMCWC
Director, Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.”

As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 


Edwina Perkins

Assistant Director

Edwina Perkins is an award-winning writer, freelance editor, speaker, and a sensitive reader.

She is the Managing Editor of Harambee Press—an imprint which seeks to publish ethnic writers—with Iron Stream Media. As the Mentoring Coordinator with Blue Ridge Mountain Writers Conference, Edwina loves the excitement of writers and watching them develop in their craft.

She serves on the Word Weavers International Advisory Committee and is also a freelance writer for Guideposts Magazine.

After thirty years away, she loves calling North Carolina home again. Edwina is a wife, mother of four adult children, and grandmother of two.

Looking for:
We at Harambee Press are looking for writers who want to express the diversity of their culture and who have stories and life lessons. Whether through fiction or nonfiction, HP authors should carry a message of hope and redemption. At this time we are acquiring fiction, nonfiction, and YA by ethnic writers. We are not looking for poetry, articles, or children’s books. We are accepting submissions from people we meet at conferences, agents, and referrals.

Schedule

Sunday:
3:00 PM: Maximize Your Conference Experience – Jim Henry Auditorium
4:00 PM: Registration – Pritchell
4:30 PM: Faculty Meeting – Spilman Auditorium (Faculty Only)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Group Meeting: Announcements/Worship/Keynote – Spilman Auditorium
8:00 PM: Meet the Faculty & Sign up for 2 Appointments

Monday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements – Spilman Auditorium
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote – Spilman Auditorium
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room with Faculty
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM: Group Meeting: Worship/Keynote – Spilman Auditorium

Tuesday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements – Spilman Auditorium
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote – Spilman Auditorium
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room with Faculty
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM: Group Meeting: Worship/Keynote – Spilman Auditorium

Wednesday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements – Spilman Auditorium
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote – Spilman Auditorium
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room with Faculty
7:15 PM: Awards- Spilman Auditorium
8:45 PM: Dessert Reception

Thursday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:15 AM – 8:45 AM: Check out of your room (check-out is at 10:00 AM)
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements – Spilman Auditorium
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums – See Breakout Options
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Keynote – Spilman Auditorium
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room
Depart

Additional Information

Classes, Appointments, Paid Critiques

  1. Practicum, Continuing Class, or Workshop.
    1. A practicum is a hands-on class. It can be offered as a workshop (a stand-alone class) or a continuing class.
    2. A continuing class is just that—a class that has new material every day that builds upon itself. These can be 2, 3 or 4 days in length.
    3. A workshop is a class that is possibly repeated more than once, and it will be the same material every time.
  2. Act I, Act II, and Act III.
    1. Act I classes are for beginners or new writers in that specific area. For example, an established non-fiction writer who has lots of experience might be a beginner when it comes to writing fiction.
    2. Act II classes are for intermediate writers who may or may not be published in that specific area, but have writing experience.
    3. Act III classes are for advanced writers who have published multiple books and articles and such.

15-Minute Appointments
These are scheduled times when you can sit down with the author, agent, or editor of your choice and discuss your writing or brainstorm or have them answer your burning questions. You do NOT have to pay for these appointments, they are included as part of your conferee experience. You will NOT sign up for 15-minute appointments until you get to the conference.

Paid Critiques
Several of our faculty members offer to critique your writing and meet with you at the conference. Critiques cost $30 each, and you can find the list of faculty and what type of writing they will critique on the Blue Ridge Conference website soon. Please be sure to follow the guidelines when you submit your request to the faculty members.

These will be IN ADDITION to your regular 15-minute appointments and are paid appointments.

Contests
Eva Marie Everson is our contest director and works very hard every year to organize our contests. Please see the website for how to enter, and again, be sure to follow the submission instructions.

Here are the 3 contests we offer:

  • The BRMCWC Foundation Awards Contest: This has previously been known as the Unpublished Contest. You must be registered for the entire conference in order to compete. If you have been paid for your writing in any publication category, then you are ineligible for this contest in that category. (For example, if a publication paid you for a devotion, then you may not enter the contest in the devotion category, but you may enter in a different category.) You may enter in more than one category but we accept only one entry per category.
  • The Director’s Choice Award: The Director’s Choice Award is given to a published writer who is a past or current conferee. You’ve worked hard and it is our pleasure to recognize your achievement. We accept both fiction and non-fiction books for this contest.
    The Selah Awards: The Selah Awards are open to all published authors whose books were published between December 16, 2019 and December 15, 2020 with either traditional or non-traditional publishers. If the book is co-authored, both authors must sign the entry form.
  • The 2023 Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception: This event takes place on Wednesday evening and isn’t something you must register for separately. It is an opportunity to dress up—IF YOU CHOOSE. You’ll find our faculty in glittering evening wear and this is our chance to come together to celebrate all of our authors’ hard work by honoring them with awards. The results of all 3 contests will be announced during this time. There isn’t a formal dress code for the Awards Banquet. It’s as dressy as you want to make it. Some will wear tuxes or cocktail dresses or gowns. Others will wear their Sunday best, and still others will be in nice jeans and a polo or dress shirt. It’s really up to you how you would like to dress, but we want you to have the information you need to be comfortable in all situations.

General Information

Attire:
General Conference attire is business casual. This isn’t required but is what everyone seems most comfortable with. There is a lot of walking up and down hills, so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes.

Headshots:
One opportunity that we like to offer our conferees is the chance to have professional headshots taken by our conference photographer. You will notice Mallory Zynda snapping pictures throughout the conference. She will also have an appointment sheet so that you can sign up to meet with her and have your picture taken. There is a minimal cost for this service, and we will have more information for you shortly.

Bookstore:
Our bookstore will operate out of Spilman again this year.

Conference Schedule:
At the conference, the schedule will be provided to you as a hard copy, tri-fold brochure.

Class Recordings:
We do offer the opportunity for conference attendees to buy (cash only) a package of conference recordings.

Facebook:
We also encourage you to LIKE our Facebook page.

Visit BlueRidgeConference.com for more information, blogs, podcasts, and class information.

What Past Attendees Have to Say...

“The caliber of the workshops and keynotes was exceptional. The best ever, I think. Well done, ladies. The faculty was kind, responsive, and humble.”

“Tim Shoemaker’s Deep POV class was the best I’ve ever heard on the subject. All of my classes were great and were what I needed to hear.”

“All of the keynote speakers did great! Their messages are very applicable.”

“Wonderful worship and fellowship and music and speakers.”

Ridgecrest Alumni Homecoming

June 1 – June 4, 2023

The Alumni Homecoming is for individuals and their families who have served on summer staff at Ridgecrest Conference Center. Former summer staff from all generations are welcome! The weekend will be filled with memories and opportunities to hear and celebrate how Ridgecrest has impacted each of our lives and continues to impact lives for God’s glory. There will be lots of activities, service projects, and worship sessions organized to bring everyone together and to connect with our 2023 summer staffers.

It is time to come “home.” Thank you for the years you have served; we hope to see you in June!

Promotional Marketing

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Registration

Cost:

December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023: $30 per person
March 1, 2023 – June 1, 2023: $50 per person

5 years old and under: FREE
Between ages 6-18 years old: $10 per person with paying adult.

  • Accommodations: $70 per night for Pritchell, $89 per night for Rhododendron, $99 per night for Mountain Laurel West, and $109 per night for Mountain Laurel East.
  • Meals:
    Option 1: $91 per person (9 meals; Thursday Dinner – Sunday Breakfast)*
    Option 2: $52 per person (5 meals; Friday Dinner – Sunday Breakfast)*
    *All meals are served in our dining room with the exception of Saturday lunch. Saturday lunch will be a served picnic.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK. A ROOM!

Schedule

Thursday:
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Opening Session
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Nibble Nook

Friday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Joint All-Team Gathering (Join the Ridgecrest Team at their once-a-month worship & fellowship time together. June’s focus: Remembering the impact of each summer & praying for summer 2023)
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Free Time (Optional Activities will be scheduled. Includes campus site tours and a tour of the archives room)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Free Time (Optional Activities will be scheduled. Includes campus site tours and a tour of the archives room)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Welcome Session
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM: Magic Show by David Garrard with the Ridgecrest Team & Families and current Summer Staffers
9:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Fire Ring Fellowship

Saturday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning Devotion (Includes interactive stories & breakouts)
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Free Time (Optional Activities/Service Projects will be scheduled.)
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Picnic Lunch with current Summer Staffers at the Recreation Area
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Free Time (Optional Activities/Service Projects will be scheduled.)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Evening Session
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Nibble Nook Time

Sunday:
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check out of rooms
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Closing Session

Additional Information

For any questions, please call 828.669.3592 or email Deanna.Coblentz@ridgecrestNC.com

Getting Here

Location

Ridgecrest is located 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40 at Exit 66. We are approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport.

Physical Address

1 Ridgecrest Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711 

Distance From

  • Atlanta, GA - 3.5 hours
  • Birmingham, AL - 6 hours
  • Charlotte, NC - 2 hours
  • Cincinnati, OH - 6 hours
  • Columbia, SC - 2.5 hours
  • Jacksonville, FL - 7 hours
  • Knoxville, TN - 2 hours
  • Louisville, KY - 5.5 hours
  • Memphis, TN - 8 hours
  • New York, NY - 10.5 hours
  • Orlando, FL - 10 hours
  • Washington, DC - 7.5 hours

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