Hear Our Story...
Ozark Conference Center began as a dream of the late Dr. and Mrs. Carl Wenger and Dr. and Mrs. David Cheairs. Having experienced the impact that Christian retreats and camps had in their own lives and in the lives of so many people they knew, they believed the Lord had put in their heart the desire to facilitate such ministry in Arkansas. In January 1975, they helped establish Ozark Conferences, Inc. as a non-denominational, non-profit organization operating under the direction of a Board of Directors, operating out of Little Rock.
The mission was simple: through camps and retreats, to help children and adults discover the life-transforming power of the Gospel of Christ and to experience a growing, intimate relationship with Him for a lifetime. Thirty couples attended the first retreat in October of 1976. During that time, Ozark Conferences, Inc. sponsored ten to twelve conferences, workshops, retreats, and luncheons each year in rented facilities throughout Arkansas.
After years of praying and searching for property to call its own, finally, in October 1991, a campaign to purchase, renovate, and develop "A Place Called Home" began. Miraculously, in August 1993, Ozark Conference Center dedicated the 305 acre facility atop Jenkins Mountain in Solgohachia, Arkansas. They added an additional 18.75 acres with a 5,000 square foot building to the facility in January 1995.
Since that time, Ozark Conference Center and Camp Solgohachia have ministered to thousands of kids, adults, and families. And the retreat and camping ministry is expanding!