In the early 1980's, Westminister Faith Chapel decided to purchase land for a conference center when they sold their building in California. High land prices in California caused them to decide to look elsewhere and they determined they could purchase the land they needed to fulfill their dream in Kansas. Merle and Marcella Unruh facilitated the purchase of 31 acres that surround the main conference center in Hesston. Construction began in April of 1987. A year later they had a ribbon cutting ceremony and at the end of May, 1988, the conference center hosted its first group.
On November 7, 1989, ownership of the center was transferred to the South Central Conference of the Mennonite Church. On October 17, 1991, the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region purchased the 31 acre facility and acquired an additional 80 acres to the east.
The American Baptist Churches of the Central Region began to develop the grounds and broke ground to build the Mabee Center on May 4, 1996. Construction of the Judson and Williams retreat lodges began in April of 1997. The Meredith lodge was added in 1998.
As Cross Wind looks to the future we will continue to seek God’s will and direction as we continue to provide a Christ centered climate for groups to enjoy and find spiritual renewal.