About Us

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

Machen Retreat and Conference Center

The Machen Retreat and Conference Center is a facility located in the mountains of Highland County, Virginia. It is a ministry of and owned by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Machen provides a place where families can retreat from the distractions of their lives to find a haven in Christ and nurture in the Scriptures.

“I learned to escape…”

“…from the heartless machinery of the world, and the equally heartless machinery…of a church organization nominally dedicated to Christ, and refresh my soul with the friendliness of the hills.”

J. Gresham Machen a Silhouette by Henry W. Coray

Personnel

Retreat Operating Committee (ROC)

Machen Retreat is overseen by a committee of men and women from the Presbyteries of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Gerald Taylor

Gerald Taylor

Chairman

Gerald attends Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia and is a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Bennett Wethered

Bennett Wethered

Director

Bennett is the former pastor of Dayspring OPC and is a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Tappey Jones

Tappey Jones

Secretary

Tappey is an elder at Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Kenley Leslie

Kenley Leslie

Advisor

Kenley Leslie is a member of Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Anna Wagner

Anna Wagner

Advisor

Anna Wagner is a member of Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Ethan Allison

Ethan Allison

Committee Member

Ethan Allison is the pastor of Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia, and is a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan

Committee Member

Tony Monaghan is Pastor of Providence OPC in Charlottesville, and a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Committee Member

Jake Hughes is a member of Providence OPC in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Anne Jones

Anne Jones

Social Media Manager

Anne Jones is a member of Staunton OPC in Staunton, VA in the Presybytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Brian Withnell

Brian Withnell

Committee Member

Brian Withnell is a deacon and member of Bethel OPC in Leesburg, Virginia.

Liam Coombes

Liam Coombes

Associate Member

Rose Sullivan

Rose Sullivan

Associate Member

Your Generous Support

Machen is non-profit, existing each year on a small budget. We are able to serve and minister to hundreds of children and families through your generous donations, our dedicated volunteers, and the help of a great God.

Support is needed to maintain and expand the facilities. Read on to learn about our vision and to find out how to donate.

J. Gresham Machen

The Machen Retreat and Conference Center is named after John Gresham Machen (1881-1937) – professor, theologian, author, churchman and leader in the organization of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Mountains and Why We Love Them

“What right have I to speak about mountain-climbing? The answer is very simple. I have none whatever. I have, indeed, been in the Alps four times. The first time I got up Monte Rosa, the second highest of the Alps, and one or two others of the easier Zermatt peaks. (Read More)

Constraining Love

[..] Paul speaks of love as a constraining force. Love, he says, hems us in. There are certain things which love prevents us from doing. Earlier in the passage, he has spoken of another restraining force—namely, fear. (Read More)

J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir

“An intimate and personal account which leaves no aspect of Machen’s full and brilliant life untouched, Ned B. Stonehouse’s full-scale portrait is a vivid and inspiring picture of a Christian of apostolic ardor who, at his untimely death in 1937, was called “the first Protestant minister in the nation.” (Read More)

Defending the Faith

“In the early twentieth century J. Gresham Machen emerged as one of America’s best known Protestant intellectuals and a widely respected fundamentalist. But as an opponent of Prohibition and defender of civil liberties, Machen became an improbable ally of secular intellectuals who sought to liberate cultural and intellectual life from Protestant dominance. (Read More)

Machen Retreat and Conference Center

Mail

20 Bentley Dr
Sterling, VA 20165-6004

Location

6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458

Phone

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
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