|In 2005, Mission to Missionaries purchased 130 acres of beautiful land on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The property is located near the town of Crossville and the Fairfield Glade retirement resort, and is within a day’s drive of two thirds of the United States’ population.
The property features beautiful views and bluffs throughout. Located just ten minutes from Interstate 40, it is easily accessible yet completely remote. Most of the land around EdenRidge was purchased in 2007 by the state’s Park and Recreation Department for the future Cumberland Trail project.
Currently, Our phase 1 facilities include two cabins and two cottages, a picnic pavilion, a welcome office, and a utility building. Our current capital campaign aims to complete Phase 1 with the addition of group/family cabin in 2016.
The long-term vision for EdenRidge is a world-class retreat center featuring up to 20 missionary guest cabins and cottages, a conference center, and a retirement center. To accommodate these various projects, we envision the construction of additional cabins and cottages, a main lodge, a chapel, a multi-purpose building, and numerous support structures. When fully constructed, these facilities will make it possible for EdenRidge to welcome thousands of missionary guests a year as well as church and missionary organization groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can non-missionaries stay at EdenRidge?
Yes! Most missionaries make their reservations 4+ months ahead of time while most non-missionaries make their reservations less than 3 months ahead of time. There is therefore a complimentary relationship between these two groups and we welcome and encourage both to come. Furthermore, non-missionaries pay higher fees and consequently play a role in helping to keep the costs low for missionaries. All guests must agree with the ministry’s statement of faith in accordance with our 501(c)3 IRS status.
How is EdenRidge funded?
The fees paid by our guests cover our operating costs including insurance, utilities, supplies, and taxes. 100% of all additional funds received are used to expand EdenRidge’s facilities, with no percentage taken out for operating costs. Mission to Missionaries has no debt and donations are tax-deductible in accordance with our 501(c)3 IRS status.
What are EdenRidge’s future plans?
Besides continued anticipated growth as a retreat center and vacation destination, EdenRidge plans the construction of a conference center as well as long-term housing for caretakers and missionaries on sabbatical or retirement.
Does EdenRidge welcome groups?
To the extent that our facilities allow, we welcome groups including but not limited to family reunions, retreats, and work teams. Currently, our two cabins can accommodate four guests each, our two cottages can accommodate two guests each, and our two rustic bunk rooms in our Utility Building can accommodate four guests each. Our only common use facility at this time is the Grace Pavilion which seats 24.
Does EdenRidge offer counselling services or “structured” rest?
Not at this time. Although we are open to providing such services in the future, EdenRidge’s current focus is on providing a place of rest and rejuvenation.