Indiana Retreat Center

About Us

Our Indiana Retreat Center, is the perfect place for Christian retreats, group gatherings, and spiritual renewal. Nestled in the heart of Indiana, our retreat center is a serene sanctuary dedicated to nurturing your Christian faith, fostering meaningful connections, and facilitating retreat planning for groups of all sizes.

Our Mission and Values

At our Indiana Christian Retreat Center, our mission is to provide a welcoming and tranquil environment where individuals and groups can deepen their Christian faith, build lasting relationships, and embark on transformative journeys. We are guided by a set of core values that define who we are:

  • Christian Faith: Rooted in the Christian faith, we provide a place for spiritual growth and reflection.
  • Community: We believe in the power of community, fostering connections that last a lifetime.
  • Hospitality: Our commitment to warm hospitality ensures that every guest feels at home.
  • Sustainability: We practice responsible stewardship of our retreat center, preserving the beauty of nature that surrounds us.

A Great Place for Retreats

Our retreat center isn’t just a place; it’s a haven where you can escape the demands of daily life and immerse yourself in the teachings of the Christian faith. Surrounded by the natural beauty of [Describe Your Natural Surroundings], our retreat center is a great place for Christian retreats, offering tranquility and a serene backdrop for spiritual reflection.

The Ideal Retreat Facility

Whether you’re planning a youth retreat, a group retreat for your congregation, or any other Christian gathering, IN Christian Retreat Center is the ideal retreat facility to host your event. Our spacious accommodations, well-equipped meeting spaces, and peaceful surroundings make us the perfect place for group retreats of all sizes.

Retreat Planning Made Simple

We understand that planning a group retreat can be overwhelming. That’s why our experienced team is here to assist you with every aspect of retreat planning. From creating a customized itinerary to coordinating activities that align with your retreat’s goals, we make retreat planning straightforward and stress-free.

Youth Retreats that Inspire

Our youth retreats are designed to inspire and empower the next generation of Christian leaders. Through engaging activities, interactive sessions, and fellowship opportunities, young participants can deepen their Christian faith in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Commitment to the Christian Faith

At our Indianna Christian Retreat Center, we are unwavering in our commitment to the Christian faith. Our retreats are rooted in Christian teachings, and we welcome guests of all denominations to join us in exploring and celebrating their faith.

Introducing Our Operations Manager - Brian Blake!

Meet our director of operations, Brian Blake. Brian, a native of Indiana, moved to West Palm Beach Florida with his family in 1972. After graduating from Palm Beach Gardens High School in 1979, God called him back to his roots at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration.
Putting his degree to work in the business world in South Florida, he founded Energy Products LLC, which marketed, sold, installed, and serviced energy management conservation products to multi-family markets world-wide. After selling his company in 2012, he consulted many of his valued customers in the hospitality industry, like Disney, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Loews, and the US Military.
Which brings us to the present. We don’t always know what God’s plan is but in Brian’s case it was to reconnect with his long-time friends and college roommate Dr. & Mrs. Stacy Johnson at Walnut Ridge Christian Camp. Brian feels, “God has called us together again, to help create a Christian Camp environment that sets the stage for God’s Holy Spirit to win hearts and souls to His Kingdom. I’m very happy to be serving the Lord with the Johnsons and excited about the significance our obedience to the Spirit’s prompting, plays in God’s plan.”



In 1940, the Hickory Hill Canning Factory occupied our 50-acre space within the woods. After its closing, a private residence was built in the 1970s and is now the Hilltop Lodge. In the mid-80s, Young Life purchased the residence and added the ‘gymnasium’ down the hill. At that point in time, the camp could only house 40 guests. In 1995, Walnut Hills purchased the camp from Young Life and expanded both the acreage and housing capacity. The camp went from 50 to 65 acres and 40 to 100 guests. In 2014, Ted Hayes purchased the camp, changed the name to Walnut Ridge, added the outdoor stage, paintball course, swing set, and slide, and remodeled the gymnasium into Willow Hall. In 2017, the Johnson family began managing the camp. Their vision is to create a fun and intimate retreat experience where they embrace God, together.

Walnut Ridge Team

God first in all things.
Dr. Stacy Johnson


Jeanine Johnson
Food Service Coordinator

Ethan McGivern

Executive Director

Brian Blake

Operations Manager

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Thank you for considering our Indiana Christian Retreat Center as your destination for spiritual growth, fellowship, and retreats rooted in the Christian faith. We look forward to being part of your transformative experience.