Machen Retreat & Conference Center

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,

the world and those who dwell therein,

for he has founded it upon the seas

and established it upon the rivers.

Psalm 24:1-2

“The more we know of God, the more unreservedly we will trust him; the greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more child-like will be our faith”

― J. Gresham Machen

Facilities and Camping

Our facilities are available for outside groups or individual camping when not in use during the annual scheduled retreats.


Our lodge building has a kitchen, open-air pavilion, indoor dining room, bath facilities, and laundry. We have warm weather and winterized bunkhouses as well as tent and RV sites. See More.


Check our planning calendar first to verify that your event date is available. Then request a reservation online via our Facilities Usage Request Form.

NOTE: To make a reservation, you must confirm your use of Machen by email or also by phone (703-477-5670). Empty dates on our calendar do not guarantee visibility.

Machen Retreat and Conference Center


20 Bentley Dr
Sterling, VA 20165-6004


6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458


Retreat: (540)396-3650
Information: (703)477-5670

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2