Situated on 100 beautiful acres on the shore of Kentucky Lake, Jonathan Creek is one of the premier conference center destinations in the Midwest. Guests will enjoy stunning sunsets, quiet shoreline walks, kayak adventures, and southern hospitality.
Conveniently located close to Murray and Paducah, Kentucky and within driving distance of Nashville, Jackson, and Memphis, TN, Jonathan Creek can host up to 850 people for any retreat or event you can imagine.
Conference & Meeting Space
Our conference and meeting spaces are available to meet the needs of your group. Each space is customizable, equipped with modern furnishings, comfortable seating arranged to suit you, a suite of professional audiovisual equipment, and wireless internet access.
A.M JOHNSON WORSHIP CENTER
Jonathan Creek’s premier meeting space is the perfect place to host larger conferences, retreats, and events. The Worship Center is equipped to meet all of your needs with theater-style seating for 803, a front-projection screen, state-of-the-art-sound and lighting, a full stage, and several breakout rooms for smaller group sessions.
LASSITER CONFERENCE CENTER
Our well-equipped meeting space for smaller groups or larger breakout groups is centralized on our campus right next to the dinning hall and recreation lake which makes it convenient for your group’s use.
Boasting some of the best views on the property and Kentucky Lake, Shoemake Chapel is perfect for groups of up to 200 to utilize and create your own unique event experience. Several breakout rooms are located downstairs from the main meeting hall and are convenient for smaller group sessions.
The cafe is the perfect place to relax and fellowship in a warm, classic coffeehouse style setting. Featuring leather sofas, high-top tables and chairs, surround sound, and a large projection screen, J-Cafe is the perfect place to gather together, enjoy some great coffee, and relax.
Jonathan Creek features a modern dining facility that is capable of serving several hundred guests per meal. The all-you-can-eat dining experience features Kentucky-inspired cuisine, a full salad bar, and self-serve beverage stations.
Housing & Accommodations
Just steps away from the Price Dining Hall, this dorm-style housing is perfect for large groups looking for value. It has four wings, with each wing sharing a large bathroom. The large lobby in the center is perfect for hanging out between sessions.
Our Welcome Center offers our most comfortable lodging. Suitable for small group retreats, couples, small families, guest speakers, or any guest you don’t want to stay with your group, these rooms feature either a queen bed and two singles or two queen beds, en-suite bathroom, and hotel-inspired amenities. Each private room contains a bathroom as well as a kitchenette with a mini refrigerator, sink, and coffee maker.
Gray Motel is focused on affordability, comfort, and convenience. This motel-style accommodation is perfect for groups of all sizes. From the rear deck, guests overlook a grassy area that boasts a panorama view of the lake and our magnificent sunsets. Each room has four bunk beds (sleeps 8) and a private bathroom.
Tucked away off the main road our lodges offer you the option and privacy of having a whole building just for your group. These lodges foster unity and fellowship in a secluded atmosphere. Each lodge offers a kitchenette as well as a porch, meeting areas, and private bathrooms.
• Lone Oak and Wallace Lodges: offering a great view of the lake from the front deck, both of these lodges have 6 rooms each capable of accommodating 8 people.
• Hurst and Ellison Lodges: just a quick walk from all major points on JC campus, both of these lodges have 8 rooms which each can sleep up to eight people.
• Turnbull Lodge: Our newest lodge offers 9 rooms which each sleep 8. Turnbull also features the largest common area with multiple couches and gathering areas designed to foster relationships and community.
Recreation & Activities
Let our trained staff facilitate your team building session! With games such as Minefield, Helium Stick, Magic Shoes, Atom Transfer, and Tape Jousting. Your group will be challenged and stretched as they learn critical truths through fun and games.
Our beautiful recreation lake is the center of activity at Jonathan Creek. The array of lake activities offer something for everyone to enjoy, including speedy and twisting enclosed water slides, inflatable trampolines, climbing walls, water zip-lines, and high-flying blobs.
We some of the best zip lines in all of Kentucky! Race side-by-side with your friends at Jonathan Creek or zip through the beautiful Cedar trees at Cedarmore. You will sail at least 40-feet above the ground. Our staff are trained and certified to ensure you a smooth and safe experience for your group.
Bazooka Ball is a run-and-shoot-em game for all ages! Two teams begin on opposite ends of a field covered with obstacles and try to capture the other team’s flag. This all done while avoiding being shot by dense foam balls launched from air cannons.
HUMAN FOOSBALL AND GAGA BALL
These two games are signature fun at our properties. Human Foosball is just like the classic tabletop game but with a twist—it is played with humans and a real soccer ball. Gaga ball is super-charged dodgeball on the ground played in an octagon arena.
SPORTS FIELD & COURTS
Our extensive sports are fun for anyone with a desire for activity. We offer soccer, baseball, ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, volleyball, basketball, smash ball and more.
Located at Jonathan Creek and Cedar Crest, our swimming pool offers our guests the perfect venue to soak up the sun, enjoy the cool clear water, or take in a game of water basketball. Restrooms and changing rooms are conveniently located poolside.
For those looking for a gentler pace, Jonathan Creek’s kayaking on Kentucky Lake allows guests to take in the serene surroundings as they paddle the lake’s shores.
AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK
Hook into our special belay system and embark on a climbing challenge that is safe for all ages. Scale the nets and poles, jump from obstacle to obstacle, and even leap from the platform for a thrill you will never forget!
Jonathan Creek hosts a brand new arena that features ten-on-ten action, booming arena-quality sound, and state-of-the-art laser tag equipment that is sure to keep the heart pounding and the competition fierce. This is the perfect indoor activity for the hot summer and cold winter. Rent this private space for unique birthday parties, youth group d-now’s or lock-ins, office team building experiences, or even family reunions!
Address with Google Maps Link
- Take Interstate 65 South to Elizabethtown
- Get on Western Kentucky Parkway at Elizabethtown
- Take Western Kentucky Parkway/I-69 to Interstate 24 (Paducah exit)
- Exit from Interstate 24 onto Purchase Parkway (Exit 25A, Fulton exit)
- Take Purchase Parkway to Exit 47 Draffenville/Aurora.
- Turn left off Exit 47 and travel approximately 15 miles until you cross the Jonathan Creek Bridge.
- After crossing the bridge, you will come to the top of the hill and see the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the right.
- Turn right onto Beal Road, which is in front of the Dinner Bell Restaurant. (If you pass the Dinner Bell and come to Aurora, you have gone too far.)
- Travel 1.5 miles on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
- Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.
Check-In / Check-Out
Group Check-In – Each guest group should have a designated Group Leader to facilitate check-in at the property. The Group Leader will be given a radio to contact on-call staff, all room keys, a site map, emergency contact info, local areas of interest/attraction, and a list of damage costs.
Decorations may be used in conference spaces or lodging areas as approved by Crossings Staff.
Check-Out – A member of Crossings Staff will do a walk through of guest lodging prior to check-out. Guests will be responsible for all damages to camp facilities taking place during their stay (See Damage Costs).
Guests may be asked to check-in and check-out at certain times based on the schedule of the property.
Computer/Internet – Wi-Fi is accessible on the properties in public areas. Guests should bring their own computers.
Phone Service – Guest rooms are not equipped with telephone lines, and pay phones are not available. Cell phone service is available in some areas on the property.
Linens – Guest groups may select linens to be provided for an additional charge. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival. Linens include pillows, sheets, blankets, bath linens and soap.
Meals – Guest groups are required to take at least two (2) meals in Crossings’ dining facility for the first night they are staying and one meal for any additional nights. Facilities are not designed for groups to prepare their own meals. Dining halls should not be used as meeting space for groups.
Food Storage – Due to health code regulations, Crossings will be unable to store any food for guest groups.
Grilling – Guest groups may use outdoor grills after approval by Crossings Staff. Grills must be gas only and positioned no less than 30 feet away from any building. Groups planning to grill should still take two meals in Crossings’ dining facility per each night’s stay.
Snacks – Crossings may provide snack breaks (additional fee required) to guest groups no later than 10:00 pm. Guest groups providing their own snacks should also bring paper products and serving utensils.
Extras – Coffee carafes may be provided to guest groups during their visit. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required). Ice bags will be sold on the property for $1.00 per bag.
Campfires – Crossings may provide campfire usage in designated areas during guest visits (additional fee required). Crossings staff will set up and light the fire. *Please Note: in cases of a state-issued “Burn Ban,” Crossings will be unable to provide this service.
Lake Activities – Guest groups may choose to participate in various lake activities facilitated by Crossings Staff. Lake activities may ONLY be used under supervision of Crossings Staff. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required). Life vests MUST be worn on the dock at ALL times. Note: Due to the nature of lake activities, female guests should wear shorts over modest one-piece bathing suits while participating.
Team Building Elements – Guest groups may choose to participate in the team building events facilitated by Crossings Staff. Team building elements may ONLY be used under supervision of Crossings Staff. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required).
It is the responsibility of each guest group to respect both people and property while visiting Crossings’ facilities.
More than one guest group may be on the property at a time. Please limit excessive noise after 11:00 pm to show consideration for others.
Guest groups are allowed to drive vehicles on the property. Please use appropriate parking areas and drive carefully to ensure the safety of all guests.
Guest groups should also be respectful of other guest groups in their dress. Please avoid extremely revealing clothing, or clothing with profanity, distasteful designs, or inappropriate messages.
Forms & FAQs
All students and adults that are attending camp must complete an online Crossings Medical Release Form. In order to complete the Medical Release Form, they simply need to visit our website, www.gocrossings.org, and click on the Participant Account link and then create a Participant Account. Once registered for the event, the participant can fill out and sign the Medical Release Form online.
Certificate of Liability
Each rental group must submit a Certificate of Liability from their insurance provider naming Crossings Ministries as the Certificate Holder. This form is required before groups arrive on the camp property. *Please Note: Crossings only needs to be listed as a Certificate Holder and NOT as Additional Insured.
What activities are available?
We have many high-energy activities that are sure to make for a fun weekend retreat. Some of our staff-run activities include Bazooka Ball, Zip Lines, Climbing Tower, Team Building, and Waterfront. In addition, we have recreation fields and volleyball and basketball courts available for use at no charge.
How much does a meeting space cost?
We provide one complementary meeting space for every group that comes onto the property. We do not guarantee a specific meeting space, but will guarantee a space that best serves your group based on size and technical needs.
What are your rates based on?
Our rates are based on the number of nights, number of meals, type of lodging, number of guests per room, and the use of linens.
Where is the nearest Hospital or Urgent Care facility?
- MAXCARE URGENT TREATMENT CENTER: 101 STONECREST RD, SUITE 1, SHELBYVILLE, KY 40065
- JEWISH HOSPITAL – SHELBYVILLE: 727 HOSPITAL DRIVE, SHELBYVILLE KY 40065
Turn right off the campus property. Follow Hwy 1922 to Jacksonville. Turn right onto Hwy 12 to Bagdad. In Bagdad, turn right to stay on Hwy 12. Keep straight onto Hwy 43. At the stoplight, turn left onto Hwy 43/55. At 1st stoplight turn right onto US 60. Follow US 60 through downtown Shelbyville. The road will become one-way and then one-way roads will merge together again at a stoplight, be looking on left immediately for Hospital Drive (next to First Baptist Shelbyville). You will see Jewish Hospital/Emergency sign. You should be able to drive from campus to the hospital in 25 minutes. For Maxcare continue following US-60, it will be on the left.