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ImageNestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, rests the tranquil LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center. Natural stone buildings and thick mountain laurel create a restful charm throughout the campus. The sunrises are spectacular, with ambient colors reflecting off the mountain mist.

Ridgecrest's beautiful 1,300 acre campus climbs from valley to mountaintop, offering elegant comfort in guest lodging and meeting space for over 2,000 people.Since its founding almost one-hundred years ago, Ridgecrest, a Christ-centered ministry, has welcomed millions of guests. Its spacious facilities are the choice location for conferences and events from 10 to 2,000.

Ridgecrest's campus offers an abundance of recreational opportunities including tennis, volleyball, basketball, and miniature golf. Some of the most beautiful hiking trails wind through the mountainside campus offering spectacular views of the Carolina horizon. Fine dining and shopping can be found just minutes down the road in nearby Asheville, or conference attendees can stroll through the delightful arts and crafts community of neighboring Black Mountain.  

The 2008 Eastern regional Christian Law Enforcement Summit will be held at LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center located it the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Black Mountain NC, just east of Asheville. The 2008 Conference dates are: October 7th through October 10th. LifeWay invites all men and women in law enforcement and their families to send time in a "safe place" where they can experience fellowship with God and other Christian law enforcement officers. To find out more about this what can be expected by an officer who decides to attend this event in the beautiful mountain environment of Western North Carolina keep reading.

Experience challenging, meaningful and relevant worship services that are led by officers, for officers and their spouses along with selected breakout sessions, which when added to the fellowship and free time will help to make your attendance an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Officers who bring their families will find sessions, which will appeal to their spouses and special sessions for their children from Preschool through the early teen years.  Nursery care is also provided during breakouts and Worship Services.

The Cost of this Conference is: $349.00 for a single officer and $449.00 for an officer and their spouse.

The price includes: Three nights lodging (room upgrades are available for an additional cost), all meals and refreshments beginning with the first nights evening meal and ending with lunch on the last day of the conference.. There is no additional charge for meals for children ages 0-5 years and for children 6-12 meals are $39.00 while teenagers pay adult meal prices.


Click "Read More" to find out more about this great opportunity to attend a retreat designed by law enforcement officers and for law enforcement officers and their families.

This summit is a conference for officers and their spouses, planned by officers and taught only by officers, deputies and chaplains with law enforcement experience who have themselves experienced the renewal effects of a CLE Summit. The mission is to reach and strengthen officers, their marriages and their ives.

"We come from all walks of Law Enforcement, from the largest of the Police Departments to the smallest of the County Sheriff Offices. We are city, county, state, and federal officers with an even wider range of duties and experiences, but we all have one common cause that brings us together with no difference between.  We love our families and are seeking to find a solace for them and ourselves in this world that has gone crazy around us.  We want to beat the odds of divorce, depression, suicide, communication and other issues that plague the Law Enforcement family.  We care enough to reach out and share and listen and learn what we can do to keep our families together- healthy and happy."  

 Below is a sample of the proposed schedule for this years Eastern Regional Summit.

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday night     Tim Eldred (Chaplain, Rutherford County TN Sheriff's Department)

Wednesday morning   Greg Giltner (M/Sgt Oklahoma City (OK) Police Department)

Wednesday night    Ray Fairman (Chaplain (COL), Winterville (GA) Police Department/Lt Clarke County Sheriff's Office)

Thursday morning   Blake Dorning (Sheriff, Madison County, AL)

Thursday night    Jack Poe (Chaplain (Col), Oklahoma City (OK) Police Department)

Friday morning    “The Kids” (The Attending Officers Children)

Music and Worship
 Steve Oxner
 Sandy Bradley
 Debra Yokely

Round Table Discussions
 Jack Poe and Greg Giltner (For Men Only)
 Phllis Poe and Chappy (For Women Only)

Breakout Titles At Glorieta Include:

    “Law Enforcement Relationship Dynamics”  Phyllis and Chappy
    “Managing Panic in the Church”  Steve Oxner
    “You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have”  Ray Fairman
    “Financial Management”  Mike Cosgrove
    “God Picks His Leaders”  Blake Dorning
    “God’s Law Enforcement Plan for Survival”  Mike Raneses
    “Maintaining Your Calling”  Debra Yokely
    “Continued In Service Biblical Training”  Mike Dye
    “Managing Family and Critical Incidental Stress”  Greg Giltner

: Infant Care Through Youth Activities Provided by the staff of the Law Enforcement Summit and Volunteers from Local Churches.

Worship Opportunities

Worship Theme: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 (Holman CSB)

Single Officer $349
Officer and Spouse $449

These prices include:  three nights lodging (room upgrades available for additional cost), all meals beginning with dinner on the first night and ending with lunch on the closing day and our event program fee.

There is no charge for meals to children from birth to 5 years of age. Children's meals (ages 6-12) are $39.00 for the event.  Teenagers pay adult meal prices. 

Scholarship requests or Donations: 

 Information on making or requesting tuition Scholarships can be obtained from Chaplain Fairman by using the contact tab at the top of the home page or by following the below instructions:

Individual Donations Are Accepted for Officers and their Spouses to Attend This Event

If you would like to help an officer and their spouse to attend this event,  you can.  Simply find an officer and give them the gift of this conference.  If you do not know an officer but want to help someone, you can either email me, Ron Pratt at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or call him at 1.615.251.2065 and we assign your gift to a needy officer.  All support will be kept confidential at the request of the giver.  

Officer and Spouse Need Assistance

If you are an officer and you need financial assistance to attend this event, please email , Ron Pratt at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or call him at 1.615.251.2065.  Every effort will be made to match donors with officers in need.  This information will remain confidential.

Major Event Donor/Sponsor Opportunity

If God has laid on your heart a burden for law enforcement officers, their spouse and their families, and you have the ability and desire to help influence these officers for Christ as they influence others for Him in their work, you might want to prayerful consider being a major event donor.


Click Here to View How You Can Support and Officer and Their Family To Attend This Great Event


First Step in registering can be accomplished by going to http://clesummit.org

To register for this event, you may call our toll free number 1.800.588.7222 or 1.800.797.4222 or register on-line by clicking on the registration link above.

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