Cross Wind Conference Center was only a dream to Merle and Marcella Unruh in the early 1980's when they purchased the 31 acres that now surround the main conference center. When their church in California, Westminister Faith Chapel, closed due to a changing neighborhood the congregation voted to sell the church property and use the funds in a continuing ministry. The church had been involved in conference centers in California and wanted to construct on in that state. However, the property values were too high, so it was suggested the center be built in Kansas. Construction began in April of 1987. A year later a ribbon cutting ceremony occurred, although the facility was not yet finished. At the end of May 1988 the center hosted its first group with a target audience being church groups, businesses and families looking for a reunion or gathering.
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's purchased the 31-acre facility and acquired an additional 80 acres to the east. Ground breaking for the Mabee Center took place on May 4, 1996. Construction of the Judson and Williams retreat lodges began in April of 1997. These lodges include a kitchen, 3 sleeping areas and a meeting room for up to 27 guests. The Meredith lodge was added in 1998 with a kitchen, 7 semi-private rooms and a meeting area for up to 28 guests.
As Cross Wind enjoys its 27th year (25 under American Baptist direction) there is a renewed sense of purpose. It is the future the Cross Wind Camp and Conference Corporation embraces as it defines God's direction: a future of expanded education and training opportunities, spiritual retreat, and value added church and family gatherings.
LOCATION AND DIRECTION:
FROM WICHITA (Dwight D. Eisenhower National) AIRPORT:
Take West Kellogg Ave. toward Wichita (East). Merge onto I-235 North, which will merge with I-135 North (toward Salina) via exit 16B. Follow I-135 north to the Hesston (Exit 40 - Lincoln Blvd) exit. Turn right on Lincoln Blvd 0.25 miles to Hoover Road (Cross Wind sign), then south (right) 0.25 miles to entrance.
FROM NORTHWEST KANSAS (GOODLAND, COLBY):
Take I-70 east to Salina, then I-135 south toward Wichita. Take the Hesston (Exit 40 - Lincoln Blvd) Exit. Go under the overpass (left) 0.25 miles to Hoover Road (Cross Wind sign), then south (right) 0.25 miles to entrance.
FROM NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS (CONCORDIA, SALINA):
Take I-135 south of Salina toward Wichita. Take the Hesston (Exit 40 - Lincoln Blvd) Exit. Go under the overpass (left) 0.25 miles to Hoover Road (Cross Wind sign), then south (right) 0.25 miles to entrance.
FROM KANSAS CITY/TOPEKA AREA:
Take I-70 West. Merge onto I-135 South/US 81 South via Exit 250A toward Wichita. Follow I-135 South to the Hesston (Exit 40 - Lincoln Blvd.) Exit. Go under the overpass (left) 0.25 miles to Hoover Road (Cross Wind sign), then south (right) 0.25 miles to entrance.
Take Highway 50 from Emporia to Walton. At Walton, turn right (west) on CR560 (Grant Street) and proceed for approximately 5 miles. At K-15 (stop sign), turn right (north) and proceed two miles. At CR556 (Dutch Avenue) turn left (west) and proceed for approximately 4 miles. Turn left on Hoover Road for 0.25 miles to the Cross Wind entrance.
To enable us to make your stay a meaningful and seamless event, it is best for your groups to select one coordinator to finalize all the details of your stay. The group coordinator can then obtain all the information from Cross Wind and pass it on to the rest of the group. Ninety (90) days in advance of your event, the group coordinator will inform us of the estimated number of guest rooms or lodges needed; and fourteen (14) days in advance of 1) the meeting room setup; 2) audio-visual needs; 3) each meal count; and 4) number of lodge beds. Prior to departure we will go over the "Billing Worksheet" and payment procedure with the group coordinator. All payment is due at departure unless other arraignments have been made in advance of stay.
The main conference center has 30 guest rooms that can accommodate up to 122 persons when filled to capacity. Most rooms contain a queen size bed and 2 twins. There are 5 king and 2 twin rooms and 1 king suite (2 rooms) available. Each room has a private bath and individually controlled heat and a/c.
The Judson and Williams Lodges sleep 9 people per wing in bunk beds for a total of 27 people. There are 2 showers/sink/commodes per wing. A kitchen allows for you to prepare your own meals, or you can enjoy Cross Wind's delicious home style meals. The living room also serves as a meeting room for up to 27 people.
The Meredith Lodge features 7 semi-private rooms with king size beds and will sleep 14 people. The king size beds can be made into 2 twin beds or 2 bunk beds. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. There is also a kitchen for preparing your own meals, or you can enjoy Cross Wind's delicious home style meals. The living room also serves as a meeting room for up to 28 people.
The lodges, Mabee Center, and Norma Activities Center are generally reserved for youth camps June through July during the week days. Check for availability for a weekday or weekend stay.
The conference center dining room seats up to 200 persons. Our tasty home style breakfast, lunch, and dinners are served all-you-can-eat buffet style.
The deluxe banquet is a formal setting. When you arrive, the dining tables are set with white linen tablecloths, silverware, drinks, salads, and dessert. The delicious meal is served buffet style and once you are seated, our table servers will refill your drinks. After you have finished eating, the servers will clear your table.
The Mabee Center can accommodate up to 230 persons for dining or 325 persons in theater style seating. There is a fireplace in the dining room, a large deck located off the upper level, and an outdoor fireplace on the lower level. A concessions area that contains a refrigerator, microwave and sink is available to guests for snack preparation.
Norma Activities Center
This multipurpose building is open-air with an outdoor amphitheater that seats up to 100. There are also restroom facilities. Picnic tables can be set up that will seat up to 90 people. A campfire is also available at the amphitheater.
Our two large meeting rooms will seat up to 100 in theater style seating and the small meeting room will seat 25. Each large meeting room contains a piano. All three meeting rooms can be furnished with audio-visual equipment at your request.
For the comfort and convenience of all our guests, we offer a comfortable lobby, recreation area, and public restrooms. Television is available in the snack area. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are available to guests 24/7. Vending machines provide pop and snacks are available 24/7.
Outdoor recreation is available to all our guests at no charge. These include a nature trail, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, disc golf, children's play area, paddle boats, and swimming. Life jackets are available for children. The camp pool is available from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Supervision must be provided by guests for those less than 16 years of age. Indoor activities include ping pong and carpet ball. A nature trail/spiritual walk stretches among the trees and restored prairie grasses on the grounds. In nearby Hesston you will find amenities such as golf, an arboretum, swimming, basketball, tennis, and public parks.
Special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, and receptions, are times of great meaning and memories for all who participate. Our beautiful facilities and grounds are tailor made for making wonderful memories a reality. Also on the grounds is a large gazebo by our pond. Our scenic wooded acreage and restored prairie areas are also available for special occasions.
Telephone and Internet
Public telephones are available in all buildings. They require a calling card or toll-free number for long distance calls.
You may give the following numbers as your contact during your stay:
Conference Center: 620-327-2702
Mabee Center/Retreat Lodges: 620-327-2715
Wireless internet is available in the main conference center, Mabee Center and Meredith Lodge at no charge.