Blue Ridge Christian Ministries Inc

Making a Difference

aka Higher Ground, BRCM   |   Hillsville, VA   |  www.highergroundretreat.com

Mission

Higher Ground Retreat, founded in 1975, is a 110-acre haven set aside for religious activities. Our organization is operated by a Board of Directors. Each member of the Board is active in his/her home church and has grown to love the ministry of Higher Ground through their service to Blue Ridge Christian Ministries. It is the Board's desire to offer any Christian in need of spiritual renewal a place to come to further their walk with the Lord.

Ruling year info

1976

President

Sam Joplin

Main address

PO Box 541

Hillsville, VA 24343 USA

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EIN

51-0176902

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We continue to strive to bring more comfortable, modern, and handicap-accessible features to our visitors. It remains a struggle to pay ongoing bills and routine maintenance while trying to gather time, talent, and treasure to address the issues of modernizing and making the facilities more handicap-accessible.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christian retreats

Higher Ground Retreat offers a 54-bed facility contained in three buildings, a gazebo, picnic shelter, and a view overlooking two states. These offer a quiet setting for Christian retreats of all types: Men's Retreats, Ladies' Retreats, children's camps, officer training, seminars, and conferences. Blue Ridge Christian Ministries offers these facilities from April through October and is located along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors to Blue Ridge/Higher Ground feel an immediate peace as they are covered by God's love for them. Most leave with a newfound love for Higher Ground and want to return as often as they can. Meals are lovingly prepared in a commercial kitchen. We invite your Christian group to make Higher Ground its own for your next meeting. No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or weapons of any kind are allowed for any reason.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BRCM/Higher Ground falls in love with every Christian group that chooses to come here and wishes for them to return regularly. During their stay with us and as they continue their Christian journey, we want to present a safe and pleasant experience to each visitor. Every visitor deserves to leave feeling that their needs have been met whether that is an issue of basic need, accessibility, hospitality, or comfort.

Over the years, our Board has set aside certain goals to help make these things happen. We set up funds just for these projects and use them when they have enough money in them to make these things happen. Most projects are done in phases so we can, at least, show some progress each season.

Our strategies have worked well for us in years past. We continue to use those strategies and exercise much patience until we can attain our goals.

In the past, we have spent a lot of money and time creating handicap-accessible rooms and pathways that are wheel-chair accessible. Each doorknob or commode we replace is replaced with handicap-accessible materials. We still have room for improvement here. In 2019, the last one of our buildings was introduced to insulation and air-conditioning. Our next project is an updated and safer deck on one of the buildings.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Blue Ridge Christian Ministries Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Peter Krantz

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Board co-chair

Patricia McKinney

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Peggy Slate

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Byron Smith

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Ric Hodges

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Lori Webster

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John Young

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Angie Pace

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Beth Valentine

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No