Woodcrest Retreat

A Christian Summer Camp, Campground, & Retreat Ministry

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Who We Are

Woodcrest Retreat began with a vision in 1957. After prayer and Bible study, a group of businessmen from several Sunday School classes of the Ephrata Mennonite Church, decided that a place of retreat was needed close to home for a place to “come apart and rest awhile” through solitude, relaxation and appreciation of God’s creation.

Woodcrest Retreat officially became an entity on October 2, 1959. Ownership of the camp is by the Woodcrest Retreat Association. The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors and supported by believers who embrace the mission and vision of Woodcrest Retreat.

The initial purchase of land was 19 acres of woodland. At various times, God has allowed neighboring properties to become available for purchase which has increased our current total acreage to 110.

The vision for a summer camp program, especially a program for low-income and unchurched children, grew out of the Ephrata Mennonite Church. The first camp was held the summer of 1969 and was staffed by members of the Ephrata Mennonite Church. The church sponsored and staffed a day camp program for 27 years. In 1993, Woodcrest Retreat staff organized their own summer camp program to reach additional children with the gospel. Over the years, camp programs have grown to include overnight camps, adventure camps and day camps.

Through the years, pavilions, cabins, shelters, a campground and many recreational choices have been added. The vision is to continue improving and adding to our programs and facilities for broader ministry.

Woodcrest Retreat is a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and the Mennonite Camping Association (MCA).

“Our mission is to introduce people to Jesus Christ and encourage Christian growth through wholesome programs and quality facilities in a wooded setting.”

Faith Statement

  1. God
    We believe in one true God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  2. Creator
    We believe that this only true and triune God has created all things visible and invisible.
  3. Jesus
    We believe Jesus Christ is the only Son of God. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His future personal return in power and glory.
  4. Holy Spirit
    We believe in the Holy Spirit of God who brings conviction, regeneration and the ability to live a godly life.
  5. Bible
    We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God and the true authority in all matters of life and conduct.
  6. Humanity
    We believe all persons are born sinners and therefore separated from God and need that relationship restored through salvation by grace which can only be received by repentance from sin and through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. We believe in the sanctity of human life, that God created male and female, and that life begins at conception. We believe that God designed marriage as a covenant relationship between one biological born man and one biological born woman and that sexual intimacy outside of this marriage covenant is contrary to God’s divine plan.
  7. Destiny
    We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive those who have been saved by placing their faith and trust in Him. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved—the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal punishment.

Core Values

  1. Christ-centered
    Based on the authority of Scripture and our love for God, we hold teaching God’s Word through the Holy Spirit as the central component of our programming. We seek to partner with and serve as an extension of local congregations.
  2. Teamwork
    We recognize people as our most valuable asset and seek to combine our varied talents and resources to serve others.
  3. Integrity
    We are committed to make decisions that honor Christ and His teachings and to carry out all programs and activities of this organization with openness and honesty.
  4. Respect
    We value all people because everyone is created in God’s image. We strive to honor guests, volunteers, and staff and seek to express Christ’s love to all.
  5. Quality
    We desire to be good stewards of resources entrusted to us and strive to exceed guest expectations.
  6. Safety
    We are committed to providing a safe physical and emotional environment for guests, volunteers, and staff.