It was on the western side of Cincinnati, Ohio at Calvary Christian day camp where it all began. Our church transported us to a summer camp full of activities and enjoyment that every kid dreamed of. It was one day on that hillside that I heard a story from a dummy. That’s right, a dummy. I was listening to a ventriloquist share his testimony at camp where I decided to give my life to Christ; something I will never forget. In the following years, our church continued to take us to camps where, as a teenager, on a Friday evening at Versailles State Park around a campfire, I completely surrendered to the Lord and declared that His way would be my way. Over the next several years, I had the opportunity to begin help running Christian camps for the church as a counselor and eventually an assistant Christian Camp Director. To work in the area that changed my life was truly enjoyable and encouraging. 

Through my own experiences, christian camping truly gives us the opportunity to experience Christ in different ways. To begin, with the hustle and bustle of the world today, Christian camping gives us the opportunity to disconnect from the things that weigh us down and connect to a loving God through his beautiful creation. Romans 1:20 says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Walnut Ridge Christian Retreat Center allows you to "escape from the craziness" and enter in a space of beauty from our Savior. 

Additionally, when you sign your children, family or yourself up for an experience like you will receive from us, you will know you are giving them a wonderful and tremendous adventure of fun that you will not receive anywhere else. Christian camps like ours change lives by building a faith foundation to help shape their faith, identity, and worth around Christ. Through this fun and intimate setting, I am so excited to begin this adventure as Executive Director of Walnut Ridge Christian Retreat Center. God is going to do marvelous and mighty things through this center, and we cannot wait to have you be a part of it.

Mark Petty - Executive Director

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