• About Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center

    Our Mission & Vision

    Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center provides a place for the Holy Spirit
    to work in the lives of ​kids and adults through camping and retreats.
    So that…

    Every life can be changed by Jesus, welcomed into His family, and serving Him.

The heart of WCRC: Our Core Values

Remain faithful to Christ, the Word of God, and the demonstration of His love.

Provide a peaceful setting that encourages a relaxed pace, enjoyment of the outdoors, and worship of God – our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

Present attitudes that are friendly, compassionate, courteous, and helpful.

Provide opportunities for adventure, recreation, and fun that will build positive memories for all ages.

Maintain clean and attractive grounds and facilities.

Our vision to build faith through camp

In the early 1980s, members of the area Mennonite churches became concerned with the spiritual needs of youth.

They found that young people were often making their professions of faith at church camps, so they decided to build a camp facility in the Tidewater area of Virginia that would offer opportunities for young people to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in their walk with God.

Located 20 minutes northwest of Colonial Williamsburg in southeastern Virginia

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9275 Barnes Road,
Toano, Virginia 23168

757-566-2256

Directions

  1. Take Interstate 64 to exit 227
  2. Go North on Route 30 for just under a mile
  3. Turn left on Route 601, Barnes Road
  4. Travel one mile, entrance is on the right

A peaceful woodland retreat located in Toano, Virginia near Historic Williamsburg, VA.

WCRC has 300 peaceful wooded acres on the Tidewater Peninsula in Southeastern Virginia.

It’s a peaceful oasis with canopied forests for hiking and open fields for games and gatherings.  Beavers, deer, wild turkeys, and blue heron call WCRC home allowing guests to experience God’s creation in all its splendor.  It’s close enough to be convenient – minutes off I-64, an hour from Virginia Beach and Richmond—yet far enough to get away – it’s a place where you can still see the stars at night.

Stories from the Heart

“… He committed his life to Jesus.”

“Dear WCRC: my son was a participant of Kaleidoscope Camp this past summer where he committed his life to Jesus.  He is now taking the next step in his Christian walk and has asked to be baptized.  His baptism will occur this coming Sunday. 

I know it is unlikely that you and his counselors would be able to come, but I do want to extend an invitation for you to join us in this celebration.  He had two counselors: Jonathon and Poncho.”

“Matters of the Heart”

“In planning for the upcoming homeschooling year, about a week before the retreat God had made it clear to me that we needed to focus on ‘Matters of the Heart.’ 

I kept repeating these words that God revealed to me to my family and friends leading up to the retreat.  And shortly after we arrived we found out that “Matters of the Heart” was the series we would be exploring throughout our time at WCRC.  My husband, my daughter, and I were amazed at this confirmation from God that “Matters of the Heart” were of the utmost importance in the upcoming year. 

Also, we had been struggling with issues such as coveting and wanting to see movies and read books that are not in line with God’s teachings, and sure enough one of the messages pertained to guarding our hearts against worldly things, specifically those that our family had been struggling with. 

God knew what we were experiencing at home and addressed it all perfectly (as only He can).  Our entire experience can best be summed up as a true gift from our Heavenly Father that we will cherish always.

More Stories & Testimonials from our Guests

  • We were just recently there for a church retreat What a wonderful place!!! Located in the middle of the forest like an oasis
    Surely the Holy Spirit has one of his favorite locations there We will indeed come back💓

    Alfred S.
  • My 11-year daughter had the time of her life at the Kaleidoscope camp! At first, we were a little concerned because she would be with other campers older than her (up to age 13) and we weren’t sure what to expect She was very shy the first day and after I dropped her off I wondered if she would be included with the other older girls in her cabin I was reassured that she had a great time when she came home and said that she had made 9 new friends and that she couldn’t wait to go back next year She told me about the delicious food they served (which made me feel bad that I don’t provide hot meals every morning!) and the wonderful activities like the pool and zipline She loved their hilarious camp skits that taught her lessons and she really loved the canoeing/kayaking The staff, including Josh, was always very helpful, including taking personal texts from me during the camp week We really appreciate the WCRC providing awesome activities that are truly fun for youth and also lead them closer to God!

    Amanda P.
  • I love this place! I have great memories of going there with our church and now I am taking my kids There is a lot to do and it is clean and the staff is helpful and friendly

    Dave S.
  • I had the opportunity to work here this past summer What a wonderful place to get away and relax Great for families and the summer camp is great!

    Elijah A.
  • WCRC is absolutely beautiful and you couldn’t ask for a more friendly staff My girls who have attended camps in the summer had nothing but great things to say about their experience My husband and our family were treated very well while he volunteered as a speaker We truly treasured our little getaway Thank you for your hospitality!

    Emily C.
  • Great food and good facilities These folks work hard to make our retreats about the retreat and not about anything else Great work WCRC staff!

    John D.
  • Every year my girls look forward to coming to camp here!! They know they will learn more about Jesus and be cared for by wonderful, godly counselors and staff Also, they look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! The activities are amazing too! 😃

    Lani W.
  • UPDATED – 2nd year at Family Camp and was even better Camp Staff went over an above for my gluten intolerance! and the counselors? Magical with our kids (and great ambassadors for Jesus)

    WOW Just WOW I felt like I attended the camp that I missed as a kid!! We had such an amazing experience at Family Camp 2016 We made new friends, we hung out with old friends, ate great (and nutritious!) food, slept in spotless cabins, swam in a well-guarded pool, climbed trees, hiked, played games that I never heard of, laughed and laughed at myself and the antics of the counselors, learned how to shoot arrows, marbles and toast marshmallows from the silliest staff My kids (and WE!) were very impressed by this fun, Christian environment: constant supervision, loose schedule with lots of room for private fun and excursions, plenty of scheduled fun to choose from, great communication and all ran by people that truly love their jobs and God HIGHLY recommend this experience

    Wendy C.
  • Great place to get away from the stresses in your life Groups or families can rent a room or a cottage building for a night, or however long you wish to stay WCRC is located just 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg It has a 300-acre campus There is a swimming pool on-site Check out their website for all the details

    Wilda K.

Meet Our Directors

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Bob Briscoe
​Executive Director

Andrew Harcum Maintenance Director

Lori Ross
Guest Services Director

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Josh Brown
​Program Director

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Patricia Moore
​Head Housekeeper

Kai Schwegal
​Foodservices Manager

Photos by Lila W. Sadler. 

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WCRC is a Related Ministry of…

Virginia Mennonite Conference
901 Parkwood Drive
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

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Member of…

Mennonite Camping Association
Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries
Box 1245
Elkhart, IN 46515

WCRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs

We’re here to help you.

We want to serve you any way we can. Contact us today to talk with one of team members – we’re excited to meet you!

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