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  • Baptist Beacon

Ridgecrest looks to fill 100-plus summer staff positions

RIDGECREST, NC – For each of the past four years, Ridgecrest Conference Center has seen around 65,000 guests pour into its camp and retreat facilities nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Many of those guests choose to visit from May to August—the conference center’s busiest season. To accommodate this year’s expected crowds, Ridgecrest is now looking to fill more than 100 summer staff positions.

“At Ridgecrest, we desire to see lives impacted for God’s glory,” said Chris Fenske, support staff coordinator. “We want to serve our guests with excellence, and we need help to do that well.”

The conference center is looking to deepen its pool of summer staff candidates to help accomplish their mission of cultivating experiences, nurturing relationships, and impacting lives for God’s glory.

“My personal relationship with Christ was impacted in a true and authentic way working at Ridgecrest,” said Morgan Hays, who served as a summer staffer in 2017 and is returning again this year for a summer position.

“I made so many lifelong friends,” she said, “I also picked up skills I’ll hold going forward, not only as a believer, but also as a professional in the workplace.”

Fenske encourages Christians who know of college-age young adults who are looking for a summer job opportunity to check out Ridgecrest by visiting

Summer staff opportunities

Ridgecrest is looking to expand its summer staff with young adults who have an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus. The conference center offers opportunities to learn and develop skills useful in future careers and everyday life.

Staffers will gain training and hands-on experiences, while learning about the responsibilities and rewards that come with a variety of work roles.

In addition to pay, staffers receive meals and shared, dorm-style housing, plus a chance to meet new friends and make connections. Their spiritual walk will be strengthened and challenged through small-group interaction and fellowship.

Summer staffers also attend weekly chapel services, participate in planned activities, serve together and have free time to enjoy God’s creation. Start and end dates are flexible, and staffing opportunities range from 9-16 weeks.

“Ridgecrest’s summer staff program is more than just a job,” Fenske said, “It provides a transformational experience and imparts lessons that staffers will carry with them for years to come.”

Current summer staff work areas include:

  • Recreation—facilitate high ropes courses, climbing tower, zip line, team-building activities, laser tag, sports tournaments and more.

  • Kitchen—learn all aspects of food preparation, including entrees, salads, bakery, clean-up, dishes and organization.

  • Food services—cater events throughout campus and serve on the buffet lines in the dining room.

  • Outlets—serve guests through the operation of an on-site coffee shop, ice cream shop and retail store.

  • Guest spaces—provide a welcoming setting for guests while serving in housekeeping, custodial and laundry services.

  • AVCs—assist with cleaning and set-up of classrooms and auditoriums to create a space that is both functional and inviting for guests.

For more information about Ridgecrest’s summer staff opportunities, visit



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