Ridgecrest FAQs & Testimonials
Our check-out time is no later than 10:00 a.m. the day you are leaving. If your balance is paid in full, you may leave the keys in your room.
I have special dietary needs. Can Ridgecrest help?
Ridgecrest offers enhanced menus with items suited for those with special dietary needs. On the serving lines in our dining room, look for the unique symbol placed on the label beside each item to indicate gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. We have experienced great success with our new offerings and found they meet the needs of the majority of our guests. For any additional concerns regarding our menu, feel free to call us at (828) 669.8022.
What is Ridgecrest Conference Center currently doing with respect to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The health and safety of our guests and team members is of utmost importance, so we are maintaining a posture of preparedness and basing our planning and response on factual, credible information from trustworthy sources such as The Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov). Specifically:
- We are reminding individuals of recommended personal protection behaviors to prevent the spread of any illness, including:
- Wait six feet apart. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home when you’re sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, and going to the restroom, and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Wear a face covering. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can (and wash hands).
- We are asking all individuals to adhere to the following guideline – If one or more of the following is true then please refrain from visiting Ridgecrest until remaining symptom-free for 14 days:
- You have recently traveled (or been in contact with someone who has) to one of the CDC-defined high-risk areas (currently China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan)
- You have been exposed to someone with suspected COVID-19 infection
- You are experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath
We trust you find this information helpful and reassuring. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together for the health and safety of our guests and team members!
Do you have laundry facilities on-site?
No, Ridgecrest does not have a guest laundry facility, however, there is a 24-hour coin laundry facility in Black Mountain (4 miles). For more information, please contact Black Mountain Coin Laundry at (828) 664.9267.
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What is the Ridgecrest Foundation?
The Ridgecrest Foundation is a collection of faithful individuals personally connected with Ridgecrest, thankful for this opportunity to continue to be its advocates and committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Honoring Legacy, Forging New Trails. Read a letter from the Ridgecrest Foundation here.
Do you have WI-FI?
Yes, complimentary high speed wi-fi is available throughout campus.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — LifeWay Christian Resources has reached an agreement to sell Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation. The two groups plan to complete the transfer of the North Carolina property and ministries by the end of 2020.
“God has answered our prayers by providing a potential owner who loves the ministries of Ridgecrest and wants to see the legacy of those ministries continue,” said LifeWay President and CEO Ben Mandrell. “From the beginning of this process, our intention was to find a buyer that would continue to offer a Christian conference center environment and the operations of the boys and girls camps.
“We’re thankful God has brought us the right steward for Ridgecrest’s future,” Mandrell said. “I love this group’s heart for ministry and their desire to provide a place for spiritual transformation and discipleship.”
The newly formed Ridgecrest Foundation is an independent, nonprofit ministry created by individuals “who are passionate about the mission of the conference center and camps and are committed to supporting the ongoing ministries of Ridgecrest,” Mandrell said.
Representatives of the foundation expressed their appreciation for LifeWay and their excitement about the next chapter of Ridgecrest.
“We are incredibly grateful for LifeWay’s faithful stewardship of Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps over the past 100-plus years, and we have tremendous respect for LifeWay leadership’s integrity and approach during this process,” said Steve Little, a representative of the Ridgecrest Foundation, who lives in N.C.
“We feel honored and blessed to continue Ridgecrest’s God-glorifying legacy from LifeWay and to be faithful stewards of the impactful ministries of Ridgecrest Conference Center, Camp Crestridge for Girls, and Camp Ridgecrest for Boys into the future,” said Robin Thompson Parish, also of N.C.
“God began laying the foundation for this transition more than 40 years ago, connecting people who are passionate about the ministries of our summer camps and conference center,” said Art Snead, executive director of Ridgecrest. “Both LifeWay and the Ridgecrest Foundation have approached this process in a God-honoring way, fully recognizing that Ridgecrest ultimately belongs to the Lord.” Snead will stay on as president and CEO.
Ridgecrest Conference Center hosts guests throughout the year for various events involving churches, Christian associations, other ministries, families, and individuals. In addition, Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and Camp Crestridge for Girls offer two-week sessions full of adventure and discipleship for 1st through 10th graders during the summer months.
Working with the Ridgecrest Foundation, LifeWay plans to continue using Ridgecrest Conference Center for future events including student camps, CentriKid and the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.
“God has used Ridgecrest to impact countless lives for more than a century,” Snead said. “I’m thankful we will continue to provide purposeful hospitality at our conference center and amazing summer programs at our camps for years to come.”
LifeWay announced in April their intention to sell Ridgecrest citing changes in organizational strategy, rising costs and uncertainty due to COVID-19 as reasons for the transfer of the ministries and property. During an April 23 board meeting, LifeWay trustees authorized a recommendation for the organization’s executive team to pursue viable options for the sale of the N.C. property and operations of its camps and conference center.
“The decision to sell Ridgecrest will ensure its future and allow LifeWay to focus on our core ministry,” Mandrell said. “Ridgecrest is well-positioned for future success under new stewardship, and we are working together with the Ridgecrest Foundation toward a strong ministry future—both in the short term and in the long term.”
Snead agreed. “With the guidance and support of the Ridgecrest Foundation,” he said, “I believe our conference center and summer camps will impact many more lives for God’s glory in the future as we continue our current operations and explore new ministry opportunities.”
Carol Pipes is director of Corporate Communications for LifeWay.
About Ridgecrest Conference Center
Ridgecrest is a 1,200-acre camp and conference center nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, N.C. Chartered in 1907, Ridgecrest held its first event in 1909. Camp Ridgecrest for Boys has been in operation since 1929, and Camp Crestridge for Girls was opened in 1955.
About LifeWay Christian Resources
In operation since 1891, LifeWay Christian Resources is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian resources, including Bibles, books, Bible studies, Christian music and movies, gifts and church supplies, as well as camps and events for all ages. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LifeWay receives no denominational funding and operates as a self-supporting nonprofit.
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