Testimonials

Thousands of people come to our campus each year. Here is what some of them had to say about their experience:

“My constant prayer in youth ministry is that in spite of life’s overwhelming nature and our confused culture, the kids will know for themselves the reality of Jesus Christ in a personal relationship. I pray that they can hear His voice clearly above all others, love His Word above all others, and follow. Ridge Haven has consistently offered the atmosphere and setting needed to do just that. It defines what ‘retreat’ should be: a quiet escape away from our complicated lives where we can be close to nature and hear Him without distraction. For four years now God has been changing the lives of our youth as we ‘retreat’ at Ridge Haven.”
- Ben Woodard, Youth Pastor
“There are not enough words to describe the impact this experience has had on me. God has given me many new friends that have a passionate love for Christ. He has taught me how to be patient and thorough in every task. This summer has opened my eyes to the power of His church. The unity we find in Christ gives us an advantage over any circumstance, good or bad. When His children stand together and build each other up in love and joy, we can find the strength to remain faithful and worship His name even in difficult times. …When Sunday came and I heard all of the people I would be spending two and a half months with worshiping the Lord with such sincerity in their hearts, I knew that the Holy Spirit was at Ridge Haven and that it was the place God wanted me to be.”
- Lyndsey Mack, Summer Staff Member

 

 

 

 

 

 


Camps

  • "Another amazing year at Family Camp! Thank you to all the Ridge Haven staff and counselors and [speaker] for a wonderful time of fellowship and fun! Looking forward to our 5th year in 2015!" - Emma M.
  • "Awesome week, kids want to go back for more!!! Must plan for future trips." - Gena P.
  • "Best week ever!" - Jill S.
  • "Back from Ridge Haven one of the best weeks of my life! I could not have asked for a better group of girls as cabin mates! I feel so motivated and empowered after this week..." - Maddie A.
  • "[My son] just keeps going on and on about how much fun he had and telling all the others at the church that they should go as well. He is a great advertiser for RH! Keep advancing the gospel! So thankful for RH!!!!" - PCA Pastor
  • "We were totally impressed. RH did a fantastic job. The boys were sad to go. Genuine Praise and Worship times and a great speaker inspired the youth. WE WILL BE BACK - and bring more with us next time!" - Trail Life USA Troop Leader
  • "Everyone had a great time. The games were well planned and perfect for the boys. Great facilities and property." - Trail Life USA Troop Leader
  • "You all have done a great job, and my wife and I are super grateful for your work." - Junior Great Adventure Week Parent
  • "I loved your food! I'd come back just for that. :-)" - Trail Life Great Adventure Week Camper
  • "I wanted to say thank you for the great week my son Jacob had there. I can see a change in him, the positive atmosphere really helped him a lot and he had a tremendous time." - Kelly H.
  • "'I didn't get homesick, but now I'm camp sick,' says Cate after coming home from a fabulous week at camp. #shesreadytogoback" - Kelli V.
  • "This place is my home. I hate leaving. I'm going to miss this place SOO much. Ridge Haven has impacted my life in every way possible. The cabins, food, staff, counselors, and the best views. I can't wait to come back and will miss this place so much." - Mary E.
  • "Thank you for a great week!! ...We are already talking about next year." - Elizabeth L.
  • "Just took a picture with a lama and alpacka...in Cusso, Peru mountains...it's a lot like Ridge Haven but in an altitude of 11 thousand feet in the mountains." - Former camper during a trip to South America
  • "Ridge Haven is the best camp ever!" - Sam U.
  • "My 2 kids LOVE Ridge Haven. ...My little girl is already packing and keeps asking me how much longer so lolz and thanks." - Krissy F.
  • "Thank you, RH staff, for another wonderful year. It is such a blessing to be able to send my sons to camp resting assured that not only will they be well cared for physically, but that their spiritual needs will be addressed. Praise God for YOU!" - Donna W.
  • "Thank you to Ridge Haven...and all the people there for giving me one of the most memorable summers I've ever had." - Adam C.
  • "I was a camper and then counselor at Ridge Haven! Truly some of my favorite memories." - Rachel M.
  • "This past week might have been the best one of my life! I had SO much fun!!" - Jenna B.
  • "This is the second year my girls will be attending camp Brave Heart and it has truly been nothing short of a miracle for them. They lost their father to a drug OD in 2008 and never really grieved or understood grief till they attended this camp. My oldest daughter really struggled with a lot of [anger] till she learned to let go and trust God to comfort her. Camp Brave Heart offered healing and comfort to them and now they are healthier and happier and COULDN'T WAIT to get back again. Thanks to all those who make Brave Heart possible." - Camp Brave Heart parent
  • "This is a great group of people. So blessed to have some of our kids from CPC spending the week with them. Thank you for loving on all the children!!" - Jackie L.
  • "Ridge Haven means soooooooo much to me. I love everyone soo much. Can't wait to come next year for my 7th year." - Margeaux R.
  • "What awesome fun overseen by loving staff and counselors who relate it back to the Word of God. This place has had my heart since my first visit. Parents, grandparents, Youth Directors, check it out for yourself with an overnight stay." - Roy L.
  • "Great job by your staff! I have served as Camp Pastor throughout the Southeast and Midwest and hands down this has been the best camp staff/facilities that I can recall being around. Keep up the good work." - Sammy C.
  • "I must admit that this will definitely be a vacation that will be remembered with so much joy for each of us. My son...still talks about how much he loved going down the slide (Wet Willy). My husband...and I enjoyed so many aspects. We appreciated our time to ourselves, loved our family time and meeting so many impressionable people. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have such a memorable vacation." - Family Camp attendee
  • "Another great year at Ridge Haven!!!" - Joshua R.
  • "...All the NEPC kids had a great time. So great to have a second generation Ridge Haven Camper in our house!" - Amy R.
  • "It was Ethan and Mandy's first camp experience and they had the time of their lives. Their counselors (David & Caroline) were just awesome. Thank you Ridge Haven for giving our kids such wonderful memories." - Russ W.
  • "This was my daughter's first year at Ridge Haven and the first thing she said to my husband and I when we picked her up was she couldn't wait to come back next year. We loved looking at all of the wonderful pics! The counselors were awesome! Thank you so much for giving Madeline so many wonderful memories!! God bless!!" - Rhonda M.
  • "I ♥ Ridge Haven!!!! I can't wait 'till next year!!!!" - Allie C.
  • "My boys were just there and had a blast!! Thanks to all of you for making it wonderful!" - Donna W.
  • "Our group had such a wonderful week! Thanks to everyone who made it possible!" - Melissa L.
  • "From the Students of Grace Community Church - Thanks for the great Winter Camp! The great memories are abundant and the life lessons unforgettable!" - Harrison S.
  • "Thank you to everyone at Ridge Haven! We had a wonderful time at Family Camp." - Picton family
  • "My daughter arrives Monday for her very first week. I went ten summers and I met God there for the first time. I think I'm more excited about her going then she is but that's just because she doesn't know what a life changing place she's in for!" - Virginia K.
  • "My daughter...had a really great experience, thanks!" - Richard S.
  • “Thank you, Ridge Haven, for an amazing week at Family Camp!” - Tricia A.
  • "Thanks Ridge Haven for a wonderful Group Service Camp week." - Gaye M.
  • "I love Ridge Haven and have always felt so inspired by my counselors..." - Emerald F.
  • "I can't wait to come back!! This will be my 5th time! I love Ridge Haven so much! And I cannot wait to go to Jr. High GAW this summer! I am counting down the days!" - Rebecca M.
  • “I think every kid should go to Ridge Haven. First you would learn about GOD... Second, you would have lots of fun!... You would get to go tubing down a river…go in a mud pit, rock climbing, and swimming every day. You would have the best summer of your life!” – Junior Camper
  • "...Losing my dad has been tough and the camp I went to made me strong through a really hard time. Helping others who were experiencing the same feeling of loss made me feel stronger. Finding God in it all made me the strongest." - Brave Heart camper
  • “For me, Ridge Haven brought the gospel to life. It served to elevate my faith from being routine to being real, from being inconsequential to being life-changing.” - Zach T.
  • “Ridge Haven is a place of peace; it's a microcosm of true community among believers that is rare. When at RH, I feel that I am completely free to be myself and gain comfort in the freedom of Christ and the beauty of His creation.” - Abigail L.
  • "All of my kids have attended camp and loved it!!" - Jeannie L.
  • “Our pick for best Christian camp!” - Drew J.
  • “RIDGE HAVEN IS AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!” - Regan H.
  • “The best place ever!” - Shannon F.
  • “The great adventure week event…was awesome.” - Dustin S.
  • “I just got back from RH like 3 hours ago and had the best week EVER!!” - Hannah W.
  • “Ridge Haven -- so much fun.” - Micki W.
  • “The gang from Trinity Presbyterian always had a blast when we went.” - Jolene C.
  • “I love this place!” - Elizabeth P.
  • “Ridge Haven was amazing once again!!!!” - Nick B.
  • “O my goodness! I love you Ridge Haven!!!” - Mary V.

“Our family's visit to Ridge Haven late this past summer was an incredibly happy surprise and delight. Keep in mind that when I say 'our family,' I'm referring to 12 adults and 16 grandchildren — and that we pretty much spanned four generations. For all of us across that spectrum, the setting, the facilities, the recreational opportunities, the thoughtful staff, and everything about our visit prompted us all to say: 'We'd come back here in a heartbeat!'”
- Joel Belz, Founder of WORLD Magazine

 

 

 


Retreats

  • "This facility is so well-managed. The staff works together like a well-oiled machine. In addition to being in a beautiful setting, Ridge Haven has many activities to suit everyone’s interests. Thanks for a great weekend." - Retreat guest
  • "Staff is outstanding." - Retreat guest
  • "...Ridge Haven is run like the state’s largest bed-and-breakfast. The spiritual gift of hospitality expressed by the entire staff shined and so enhanced our time together. We felt like we were home with family." - Retreat guest
  • "I feel so relaxed and rejuvenated. Everyone I met was so genuine and authentic. I loved being around people in the same stage of life." - Emily S.
  • "Thank you for targeting our age group! It was great to be able to meet other young couples/families." - Quarter Life Retreat attendee
  • "The fellowship and the staff are amazing." - Quarter Life Retreat attendee
  • "Ridge Haven does an excellent job of making Jesus known with boldness and great joy. Thank you for your servant leadership." - Quarter Life Retreat attendee
  • "The speaker and the worship leader spoke Gospel truths to my heart. It was refreshing and encouraging how they helped me see Jesus." - Hannah B.
  • "[A] wonderful, refreshing, encouraging weekend...The fresh spring mountain air, the hike on Saturday, the special attention to my dairy allergy by the Chef, the wonderful musician who led worship, the fortifying sermons by [the speaker], the clean and comfortable rooms, the sweet people who work here who helped us find our way and answered all kinds of questions...You've all been so kind and worked so hard to give us a time of encouragement and rest. It's been a huge, undeserved gift to us." - Quarter Life Retreat attendees
  • "What a wonderful time we had this past weekend with you all. Felt very spoiled by the accommodations and wonderful food…and the way we were so well served and cared for by all the staff. Thank you!" - Sandy C.
  • "Ridge Haven is fantastic as usual!" - Randy Beach
  • "Had the best time at Ridge Haven this weekend." - Mattie D.
  • "I got to spend a weekend at Ridge Haven with my youth group last April. I came closer to God than ever there." - Retreat guest
  • "What an amazing weekend. God is so good." - Winter Retreat guest
  • "Ridge Haven is the most peaceful place on the planet." - Retreat guest
  • "Unbelievable in service, love the gym, the campus is beautiful." - Retreat guest
  • "We have been to several facilities of this type. The staff were exceptionally friendly and went beyond the call of duty to make our experience enjoyable." - Retreat guest
  • "We love it! Wonderful staff! Wonderful place!" - Retreat guest
  • "Everything was wonderful. The staff was courteous and friendly. The meals -– excellent!!!" - Retreat guest
  • "First time! Great experience!" - Retreat guest
  • "Thanks so much, Ridge Haven staff, for a great weekend! With gratitude from all of us affiliated with the Independent Presbyterian Sr. High choir." - Kathleen M.
  • "What a wonderful experience! Thank you!!" - Pam B.
  • "We had a most excellent time at Ridge Haven over the Memorial Day Weekend! Your staff is awesome and so hospitable. They also awakened the competitive side and the zany side to some folks in all the fun activities. We felt welcomed and bonded together at a time when we as a church family are in a difficult transition. Please let all your staff know we send a huge Thank You and God bless you in your ministry." - Nancy L.
  • "Thank you, all, for the warm and amazing hospitality you showed us the last two days as we had Pres. The place looks great and we can sense the excitement you have for ministering to kids and families this summer. Will be praying for you all. Again, thank you. Everything was great...Especially the food." - Bill D.
  • "I just went on a youth retreat with Community Bible Church and had an AWESOME time! You guys do such an awesome job at what you do. So I just wanted to say thank you and keep blessing peoples lives :)" - Anna A.
  • "Thank you for courteous, loving care. Ridge Haven was a wonderful framework for a great week of growing deeper with the Lord." - Chuck & Karin G.
  • "Keep up the good work, you guys are awesome." - Justin H.
  • "Everything was as pleasant & comfortable as I could wish. Great job!" - Cathy O.
  • "Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail! This was one of our best retreats here! I love all the improvements y'all have made to the camp! T.Y.!" - Denise S.
  • "Thank you so much for being so interactive with me. I just liked you so much and told my parents and grandparents and aunt and uncle that you were awesome. I have never said anyone was awesome! I told Grandma and Grandpa they should have the next family reunion at Ridge Haven, and I was serious." - Boy Scout
  • "Thank you so much for being the perfect place for our Sisterhood Retreat! Clemson AXO had a fabulous time!" - Paige D.
  • "Thanks for an amazing weekend...Jesus did some sweet things in hearts and community through your ministry!" - Brian L.
  • "One of the most wonderful places to have a retreat. Great camps for kids, teenagers!! All three of my girls attended camps at Ridge Haven then once in college gave time back!! Great Christian atmosphere and great speakers!!!" - Alice T.
  • "For 12 years we have held an annual men’s adventure trip. We have been to several locations during that time but without a doubt Ridge Haven is the most accommodating and fun loving experience that we have had. The challenge events and opportunities provided for our men to push themselves were more than we anticipated. The entire staff exhibits true servant’s hearts and not only provided exceptional care and preparation but was always flexible and able to meet our requests. If our ministry’s vision did not include taking our men to different venues each year we would be at Ridge Haven every year. You guys are the best and we look forward to our next trip with you. We know we won’t be disappointed." - Jeff Smith, Administrator, Willow Creek Church
  • "Northgate Presbyterian Church Youth Group had a great time at the Winter Retreat! Thank you for making it warm and cozy for us! :)" - Lynne S.
  • "[We] had a great time at Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center for our family vacation." - Tommy P.
  • "Thank you for a great time this weekend. [The staff members] were so nice. We really enjoyed our time. (Shannon Forest Pres)" - Bonnie S.
  • "FCC of Jonesboro just had the most amazing time at a retreat here!... The students and the staff have a fire burning for Christ because of the bonding we had and your great ministry to teens. Thanks for letting us bring our group there!" - David H.
  • "Enjoyed our stay! Thank you!" - Leverett family
  • “We loved our experience!” - Campus Outreach
  • “…Such a beautiful setting for us to be able to spend time with family!” - Rapier family
  • “Our weekend experience at Ridge Haven was outstanding. The facility was well-maintained, and after coming here for over 30 years we have never had a better response from the Ridge Haven staff.” - Trinity PCA
  • “How blessed [the] PCA is to have this wonderful facility.” - Retreat guest
  • “It has been a wonderful week! [The] crew have treated us like royalty, overfed us well, and provided everything we could ask for this week.” - David W.
  • “I miss Ridge Haven sooo much…ahhh what a great serene place.” - Kaitlin F.
  • “Thanks for a great week. Look forward to seeing you next year.” - Joe M.
  • “You’ll have a great time. And the staff will act like you are the greatest thing since…sliced bread.” - Marty D.

Conferences

  • "Had an amazing time at Ridge Haven this past weekend." - YoWAW attendee
  • "This place is better [than] Disney Land. I plan to return as often as possible. You guys are awesome! The speakers are great! And the Lord is surely in this place!!! Thanks for a super weekend!" - Merri M.
  • "YoWAW rocks. We'll be looking for excuses to come back. The staff is so friendly, helpful, accommodating, and healthy." - YoWAW attendee
  • "Thanks to the awesome Ridge Haven staff for making the MTW Summer Conference such a great time and wonderful memory. My entire family was hugely blessed." - McKay C.
  • "I want to express my gratitude...to the staff at Ridge Haven for an outstanding weekend during the YOWAW Conference!!! It was a true blessing to be part of something so used of the Lord. Every aspect of the conference was terrific. The staff was helpful and eager to help in any way possible. Ridge Haven has never looked better and the staff is skilled, kind and enthusiastic.” - Rev. Dean Conkel, Dayspring Presbyterian Church
  • “I greatly enjoyed my time at Ridge Haven for YoWAW! Thanks so much!” - Peter L.
  • "Really loved the new additions at the lake: lily pads, slide, kayaks and tubes, etc." - Burnham family
  • "So appreciate the counselors and their commitment to the kids. Our kids said the speaker was great. The food was really great...what a treat!" - MTW family
  • "I can't say enough about how impressive and wonderful were both the counselors/staff, and the chef/food. The kids serving as counselors and food staff were amazing -- friendly, efficient, meeting all our needs! They were creative leading evening activities and worked well with people of all ages. The chef is amazing -- do everything you can to keep her!" - Susan N.
  • "We felt so loved and served by everyone at Ridge Haven. We loved seeing the teen staff love our children. We were really impressed by each person. Really can't say enough about the love of God we felt through the people here. Praise God from whom all blessings flow." - Mills family
  • "Can't say enough about the awesome staff and teenage counselors. They were incredible -- kind, courteous, hard-working. I was so impressed." - Conference attendee
  • "The improvements to the already good facilities are tremendous. The churches need to know!" - Sexton family
  • "We're very impressed!" - Matlack family
  • "At last, my first opportunity to visit Ridge Haven, with memories when PCA got this land. It has and is meeting those initial goals. I will recommend Ridge Haven." - Marty B.
  • "It seems nice to see some new things made or added since our last visit in 2009. Thank you for making our time so enjoyable!" - Taylor family
  • "Enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you!" - Bob and Shirley W.
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ridge Haven for the family conference...I've been spreading the word about how much fun we all had that week and how enriching the time was for our entire family. A huge thank you to the staff, especially the wonderful counselors (a few of you still get a shout out almost every day!)" - Emma M.
  • "The week at Ridge Haven was awesome!" - The Cains
  • "I had a wonderful time being refreshed in God’s Word, God’s creation, and your ‘servant’s heart’.” - Ken A.
  • “Your service to us, I believe has honored the Lord. Your love for the Lord shines.” - Movene F.
  • “A time of spiritual enrichment and refreshment…in a wonderful atmosphere of God’s creation and staff.” - Henry V.
  • “I have never seen so many individuals that operated on the biblical principle of our Lord: ‘I have come to serve and not be served’.” - Carol V.
  • “We were treated like royalty!” - Betty N.
  • “The people we meet and the speakers are always excellent.” - Keenagers guest
  • “I attend numerous retreats. This is the best!” - Keenagers guest
  • “Good teaching and fellowship.” - Dean D.
  • “It’s a time to enjoy the fall season in a setting that allows for personal spiritual growth and reflection. I love the outdoors and the hikes.” - Keenagers guest
  • “PCA fellowship in great accommodations.” - Buck & Donna G.
  • “My family and I had a wonderful time at the Family Conference... Great activities, worship…teaching…food and fellowship, hikes and views, etc. I got to the point where I thought ‘if I think it, someone on staff will try to make it happen!’ I felt pampered and spoiled!” - Lynne S.
  • “Wonderful place, great staff!” - Robyn A.
  • “I met my wife there.” - Earl F.
  • "Love the 'Keenagers'!" - Toni N.