• Facility Rental

    Ridgecrest Conference Center is your source for an exceptional meeting experience. As a Christian meeting planner the environment you choose for your next event can be as important as the event itself. Whether you're planning an executive retreat for 10 or an annual retreat for 1,000, Ridgecrest's highly trained staff can work with you and provide the resources and creative options needed to inspire your next event in a Christian environment. Organizing an event can be a challenging task for anyone…  Learn More

  • Accommodations

    Ridgecrest's campus offers a variety of lodging accommodations and styles within easy walking distance to all meeting space. Deluxe hotels, Mountain Laurel Inn and Rhododendron, offer comfortable hotel accommodations and amenities such as hair dryers, in-room irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers and complimentary wireless internet throughout the building. Standard hotels such as Pritchell and Maple offer in-room irons and ironing boards as well as complimentary wireless internet, providing guests…  Learn More

  • Recreation

    Ridgecrest Conference Center's diverse outdoor recreation options are a favorite of guests of all ages. On any given day, visitors across the campus can enjoy our recreation area (download brochure) set against a backdrop of stunning mountains. The recreation area includes: * Softball  * Basketball (gymnasium)  * Tennis  * Volleyball (gymnasium or outdoor sand)  * Hiking Trails (download trail map)   * Miniature Golf ($4 per guest)* Fishing (bring own gear) * Disc Golf                            …  Learn More

  • Adventure Recreation

    Within the trees, adventure recreation includes team building exercises, a climbing tower, high ropes course and laser tag among the thick foliage. Each outdoor experience is facilitated by trained leaders of Ridgecrest's Adventure Recreation Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for youth leaders to build memorable and rewarding times into their camp program - or use it for some great fun and fellowship! Advanced reservations a minimum of two weeks prior to event are required.  To submit a…  Learn More

  • Area Attractions

    The Asheville - Western North Carolina area is one of the most loved tourism locations in the nation. Stroll through the delightful arts and crafts community of neighboring Black Mountain, NC. Step back into yesteryear with a truly unique three-and-one-half hour steam locomotive train ride through the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy touring the world-renowned 250-room Biltmore Estate, home of the late George W. Vanderbilt. Or walk across the mile high 228 foot suspension bridge and hike…  Learn More

  • Audiovisual

    Audiovisual technicians are on staff and certain AV equipment is available at no extra charge, which can mean significant savings.   Other requests for audio/visual services should be presented to the Event Coordination department at least two weeks prior to your event, and will be charged according to request and availability. All Classrooms include 1 microphone and speakers - n/c  Audiovisual Equipment (prices per day)              …  Learn More

  • Roots Retail Shop

    Handmade Crafts of the Southern Appalachians as well as unique gift items, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, and hats. Be sure to include time to stop by our Roots Retail Shop during your stay.   Learn More

  • Catering Menus

    Ridgecrest excels in designing custom banquets for a more intimate atmosphere. The event catering staff enjoys working with meeting planners to customize each banquet to meet specific needs. A wonderful variety of delicious menu selections are available. Plated meals can be served or meeting planners may choose to use a traditional buffet style. Room and table decor can also be customized adding elegance to receptions, teas and other events. Catered breaks and fellowships are also available to keep…  Learn More

  • Contact Us

    LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center Ridgecrest Reservations: 800.588.7222 Ridgecrest Fax: 828.669.3775 Ridgecrest Sales: 866.768.9048 Front Desk: 828.669.8022 Mailing Address: LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center Post Office Box 128 Ridgecrest, NC 28770 Shipping Address: Ridgecrest Conference Center One Ridgecrest Drive Exit 66 on Interstate 40 Ridgecrest, NC 28770 Physical Address: This address if for Google Mapping Directions Only. **Mail is not deliverable to the address please use mailing address…  Learn More

  • Clouds Coffee Shop

    Stop by Ridgecrest Clouds coffee shop, where gourmet coffees, teas and fresh lattes are served.  Whether you're looking for a place to sit back and relax with the newspaper, or an environment to fellowship with friends, Clouds is a great place to take a break from the days activities. Clouds is open year-round. Hours vary daily based on conference or event schedules. For today's schedule please text outlets to 828.539.1880.    Learn More

  • Dining Room

    Ridgecrest's Dining Room offers three nutritious buffet-style meals daily* and is centrally located within Rhododendron assuring attendees a very short walk from virtually every lodging venue. The dining room includes eight serving lines to accommodate large groups quickly and efficiently. The spacious Dining Room seats well over 800 people. Five foot round tables as well as eight foot rectangular tables are utilized providing guests with a comfortable setting for fellowship and conversation. For…  Learn More

  • Directions

    Ridgecrest is located 17 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40, Exit 66, approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport and 18 miles from the Asheville Bus Station. Driving Directions The drive to Ridgecrest is absolutely beautiful through the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1. From Interstate 40, take Exit 66 (Ridgecrest). 2. Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west) onto Dunsmore Avenue .2 mi 3. Turn right onto Old U.S. 70 1 mi 4. Ridgecrest is on the Left…  Learn More

  • Join Our Team

    LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center offers a wide array of challenging positions for persons seeking to dedicate their skills and abilities to the mission of our organization. Whether you serve as a front desk receptionist, a member of housekeeping or maintenance services, or one of our many volunteer positions, your energy and efforts will be invested in seeing our guests experience spiritual renewal in their lives. LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center does not seek to fill 'positions' with 'bodies'…  Learn More

  • History

    History of Ridgecrest In the early 1900's, the land which is now the home of LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center was a wilderness area with a few deserted cabins, a railroad track and a dirt trail leading west. Beginning with the vision of one man, it has become "the Mountain of Faith." The man was born on Sunday, January 22, 1871, and was given the name Bernard Hardee. After his father's death, he took his father's middle name as a tribute and became Bernard Washington Spilman. (That same year,…  Learn More

  • Home

  • Dogwood

    Dogwood Classrooms: 2 to 7 rooms based on desired partition usage Auditorium: n/a Connected to the Rhododendron complex just above the campus dining room are the Dogwood meeting rooms. Fixed partitions can be used to vary dimensions (2-7 rooms) to meet specific needs.These rooms are also popular for banquets and receptions.   Dogwood 1 Conference Rooms Diagrams and AV Equipment Rentals Dogwood 2 Conference Rooms Diagrams and AV Equipment Rentals Dogwood All Conference Rooms Diagrams and…  Learn More

  • Event Coordinators

    Ridgecrest Event Coordinators can assist you in all areas of planning your event (audiovisual requests, catering and pricing, auditorium needs, conference rooms, preschool, day camp etc.) and should be your primary contact with the Confernce Center.  All details concerning your event are routed to all work areas through the Event Coordination team.   Rose VerlanderEvent Coordination Manager(828) 669.3760rose.verlander@lifeway.com  Elizabeth Chapman Event Coordinator (828)…  Learn More

  • Food Service

    The main Dining Room at Ridgecrest is located on the lower level of Rhododendron, a centralized location on campus. Eight serving lines and round table seating accommodate large numbers of guests quickly and efficiently. Ridgecrest also offers plenty of unique Catering and Banquet spaces as well as individual dining options like year-round Clouds coffee shop and our summer-only favorite the Nibble Nook. Group Dining Ridgecrest's Dining Room is centrally located within the Rhododendron Hall assuring…  Learn More

  • Meeting Facilities

      General Sessions While the outward beauty of Ridgecrest's buildings blends snugly with the surrounding mountains, visitors are often surprised by the abundance and diversity of meeting space available for general sessions. One of the classic and iconic buildings on Ridgecrest's grounds is Spilman Auditorium. Large events can save thousands of dollars by using this 2,100-seat facility with its advanced audiovisual and lighting equipment. Perfect for concerts, services or large corporate meetings,…  Learn More

  • Johnson Spring

    Johnson SpringClassrooms: 5 to 23 rooms based on desired partition usageBallroom: 1Boardroom: 1 (seating twelve) Anyway you choose to utilize this 46,250 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, meeting planners will find the flexibility needed to ensure a successful meeting, convention or retreat. Johnson spring provides a variety of meeting options for your group ranging from 5 to 23 meeting spaces, with seating capacity from 16-800 guests. Johnson Spring connects our campus as never before, providing…  Learn More