The River Ministries Family

The River Ministries Family

Our enthusiasm for spreading the Lord’s Good News is a passion shared by all of  our family.  We welcome you to The River Ministries Lodge.

About Us

The River Ministries was born out of a desire to provide a retreat type setting along the pristine Green River in Polk County, NC providing a place of reflective solace amidst the beauty of nature..

In 1993, our founders, Bill and Beth Calton set upon a journey to build the retreat facility debt free so that mission and ministry could be carried out without a heavy financial burden. The Lodge facility was completed in 1999 and in 2007, The River Ministries gained 501(c) 3 status. Since that time, 10s of thousands of children, youth and adults have come through its doors and enjoyed the natural setting of the Blue Ridge Foothills.

Youth and Children’s camps, Men’s and Women’s events, Community service organization workshops and trainings are a few of the groups we have hosted. An expansive outside area gives you access to fire pits, picnic shelter, river play, wide open areas for lawn games and activities, and hiking trails. Our facilities gives you the space to meet the unique needs of your group.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you in growing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and we hope that the TRM Lodge will become a home away from home for you and your family or group!

River Ministries Board of Directors


Dawn Calton Jordan
Executive Director (Sitting but non-board member)16143077_1536040633077007_1936933442221443826_n

Greg Sailors – Zoweh
Board Chair

Tom Calton – The Forge
Board Member

Dee Calton Sizemore
Board Member

Tim McNamara – New 4RMations
Board Member

Laurie Southwick – Solitude Place
Board Member