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Lake Williamson Christian Center

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17280 Lakeside Drive
Carlinville, Illinois 62626

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Event Types Welcomed

Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat | Youth Retreat/Camp
Maximum
Meeting:1350
Meeting
Rooms:29
Maximum
Overnight:1350
  • Venue Showcase
  • Williamson LodgeWilliamson Lodge
  • Motel Style Lodging Motel Style Lodging
  • Dorm Style Lodging with LinensDorm Style Lodging with Linens
  • Sign-in table for meetings in AC207 in the Activities CenterSign-in table for meetings in AC207 in the Activities Center
  • Activities Center Meeting Space Room AC101Activities Center Meeting Space Room AC101
  • Gazebo outside the AuditoriumGazebo outside the Auditorium
  • BonfireBonfire
  • Meeting Room AC204 in the Activities CenterMeeting Room AC204 in the Activities Center
  • AuditoriumAuditorium
  • Buffet DiningBuffet Dining
  • Beverage Center in Lakeside Dining RoomBeverage Center in Lakeside Dining Room
  • Banquet MealBanquet Meal
  • Ice Cream in the Lakeside Dining RoomIce Cream in the Lakeside Dining Room
  • Connections CafeConnections Cafe
  • Gaga BallGaga Ball
  • Water Slide at the BeachfrontWater Slide at the Beachfront
  • VolleyballVolleyball
  • The Blob The Blob
  • Indoor Rock ClimbingIndoor Rock Climbing
  • ECA High RopesECA High Ropes
  • ECA Low RopesECA Low Ropes
  • ECA Low Ropes Team BuildingECA Low Ropes Team Building
  • AuditoriumAuditorium
  • Blacklight SportsBlacklight Sports
  • Zip LineZip Line
  • ArcheryArchery

About

About Lake Williamson Christian Center

Lake Williamson Christian Center, the St Louis region conference center in the Christian Retreats Network, has been a trusted name in Christian Hospitality for over 50 years and strives to “serve one another in love” in the spirit of Galatians 5:13. Lake Williamson Christian Center featuref year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 1,350 overnight guests. Our retreat packages include everything your group needs to have a successful ministry event: choice of motel or dorm style lodging, a private meeting space with complimentary A/V equipment, buffet dining and recreation. Add some excitement to your next St. Louis event with our team building and adventure recreation programs through Eagle Crest Adventures! Lake Williamson exists to serve God by providing facilities and guest services near St. Louis that exceed expectations; where our guests can Restore, Renew, and Reconnect.

Watch the video above to learn more about some of the amenities that make Lake Williamson Christian Center the premier event venue near St. Louis for Christian meetings.
LOCATION + TRANSPORTATION

St. Louis, MO - 65 miles Springfield, IL - 50 miles

:
Saint Louis Lambert (STL) - 55 minutes


Taxi | Train


Onsite: Yes Free

CATERING
At Lake Williamson Christian Center, St. Louis event planners have a choice! We have 3 great dining opportunities for your group. All of our retreat packages include buffet style meals in our dining room; multiple entrees, salad bar, dessert, etc. Looking to treat your guests to a special meal? Event planners can upgrade one of the meals to a sit and serve banquet with linens. Of course no meeting is complete without snacks, so don’t forget about our extensive snack list! We do all of the work to prepare and deliver the snacks to your meeting space, exactly when you want it. The Connections Cafe is also a great place for light meals or snack orders. Event planners near St. Louis must schedule its hours ahead of time, and know that its fun atmosphere creates a great opportunity for their guests to build relationships.


In-House CateringYES
Cultural CateringYES
Venue Hosted Alcohol PermittedNO



AMENITIES + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Hiking
Running
Sports Facilities
Swimming Pool
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Microphones
Overnight Accommodations
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Wi-Fi
Team Building
MEETING + EVENT SPACE CAPACITIES

1350 Attendees


29 Spaces

:
Theatre Style 1500 | Classroom Style 400

TECHNOLOGY
All of our group retreat packages include a private meeting space for your event, which our Guest Services team will set up prior to your arrival according to your specifications. We also include the use of our A/V equipment, all at no extra charge. Wireless Internet available and complimentary.

Yes
FreeYES

Yes


MicrophonesProjector ScreenLCD Projectors

RENTAL POLICIES
Alcohol ConsumptionNO
Cannabis ConsumptionNO

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

1350 Overnight Guests


Motel Style | Dormitory Style

Yes
Free YES


Private | Semi-Private

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Accommodations

Accommodations

1350
Total Number of
Overnight Guests


Accommodation Types
| Hotel-Like | 127 rooms | image
Williamson Lodge

The accommodations offered in Williamson Lodge allow guests to kick back and relax during their stay at Lake Williamson. This distinctive building is a favorite for adult and family retreats because it offers the comforts of motel style lodging in a beautiful setting. The motel rooms and suites feature air-conditioning & heating, television, phone, soap, linens, and housekeeping. Ice and soda machines are located in several breezeways. Guest rooms are furnished with two full size beds & one set of bunks or with one queen size bed and two sets of bunks.  Williamson Lodge also features 6 suites. Suites are allocated for contracted groups with first priority to groups booking Williamson Lodge room packages. These rooms consist of one king-size bed, a table and chairs, and a coffee maker.  Williamson Lodge can accommodate 750 guests.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | Hotel-Like | 20 rooms | image
Lakeside Center

Lakeside features two wings (each with 10 rooms) with a center meeting room and atrium, with a total capacity of 212. 16 rooms feature one full-size bed and five sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to 12 people per room. 2 rooms feature three sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to 6 people per room. All rooms include private lavatory and sink. Showers for each wing are centrally located. Each wing also has one king suite, which includes its own full bathroom, perfect for group leaders. Lakeside is a favorite for church youth groups.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 24 rooms | image
Clark Hall

There are five sets of bunks in each of the 24 air-conditioned dorm rooms, accommodating 240 guests total. Each room features its own bathroom and shower facilities. It is located close to the Auditorium, Activities Center, and Lakeside Dining Room. The layout of the rooms, plus the economy of the dorm style retreat package, make it a favorite for youth groups and men’s retreats.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 12 rooms | image
Parkside Lodge

Each room includes 5 sets of bunk beds (sleeping 10 per room), private bathroom and showers, and air-conditioning.  Parkside Lodge has a capacity of 120 guests.  This building is a favorite of youth groups. Parkside is close to the outdoor activity areas and beachfront. It is also located near the hiking trails and Eagle Crest Adventures Low Ropes Course, making Parkside Lodge a great choice for team building retreats.
A/C This accommodation has A/C

Amenities + Unique Experiences

AMENITIES

Amenities
Hiking
Hiking
Running
Running
Sports Facilities
Sports Facilities
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
ADA Accessible
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Fitness Center
Microphones
Microphones
Overnight Accommodations
Overnight Accommodations
Parking On-Site
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Sound System
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Team Building
Team Building


Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

Max Capacities
1350
Overall
400
Classroom
Style


Meeting + Event Spaces
| 14,065 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Auditorium

The Auditorium is set up with a sound system, stage lights, and three video screens. Groups love the Auditorium because they can use the large meeting room and then move to small break out rooms without going to another building. Meeting space allocations is subject to availability. The main auditorium features access to a large foyer and a conference space that can seat up to 1500 or be broken down into 8 smaller spaces.
| 1,595 SQ FT | image
A7

Located in the Auditorium adjacent to the lobby, this space includes a private restroom and works well as a nursery. It also can serve as an admin center for large events. As a traditional meeting space it can seat up to 100 in a variety of configurations and it can also be outfitted with AV equipment.
| 7200 SQ FT | image
Brotherhood Center

Lake Williamson's newest meeting space, which was completed in September 2018. The Brotherhood Center has a seating capacity of 600 people and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. The foyer offers a great place for a welcome station or displays.
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Lewis Room

The Lewis Room and The Clark Room are located in the Brotherhood Center. These spaces are great for breakouts or small discussion, as well as being a main meeting space. The Lewis Room has a max capacity of 40 guests and The Clark Room has a max of 50 guests.
| 1,360 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

AC 205 features high ceilings and sound barrier wall that can be removed to join AC-205 & 206. When joined the space can seat up to 250 with a stage platform, sound system, AV equipment including two video screens, and a basic lighting system. Smaller systems are in pace when these rooms are used individually. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of room combinations and chair & stage configurations.
| 1,360 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

AC 206 features high ceilings and sound barrier wall that can be removed to join AC-205 & 206. When joined the space can seat up to 250 with a stage platform, sound system, AV equipment including two video screens, and a basic lighting system. Smaller systems are in pace when these rooms are used individually. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of room combinations and chair & stage configurations.
| 4,096 SQ FT | image
Activity Center Meeting Room

This mid-sized Auditorium is located on the 2nd level of the Activity Center with a flexible sound system, AV equipment, and stage lighting. This rooms boasts high ceilings and sound barrier walls that can divide the space into four with a hallway central. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of room combinations and chair & stage configurations.
| 1,131 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

The Lincoln Room is on the lower level of the Activity Center with large picture windows that look over our outdoor patio. The room is located just off of our cafe area on the ground floor of the Activity Center. This room also has a dry erase board mounted on the wall. This room is equip with counter-top, sink, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of room combinations and chair & stage configurations.
| 576 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

This classroom is adjacent AC-202 & 203 This space works well as a break out space or as a gathering place for small groups. Rooms 201-203 can be combined to seat up to 200. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of chair configurations and AV Equipment. This room has a dry erase board mounted on the wall.
| 672 SQ FT | image
Activity Center Conference Room

This classroom is adjacent AC-201 & 203 This space works well as a break out space or as gathering place for small groups. Rooms 201-203 can be combined to seat up to 200. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of chair configurations and AV Equipment. This room has a dry erase board mounted on the wall.
| 768 SQ FT | image
Meeting Rooms 201/202/203 combined in the Activity Center

This classroom is adjacent AC-201 & 202 This space works well as a break out space or as gathering place for small groups. Rooms 201-203 can be combined to seat up to 200. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of chair configurations and AV Equipment. This room has a dry erase board mounted on the wall.
| 572 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

This Room is across the hall from AC 201/202/203, it has a balcony outside of it that overlooks the indoor pool. This room has a refrigerator, sink, and a large counter-top. This room also has a dry erase board mounted on the wall. This space works well as a hospitality suite for youth group sponsors during student events or as gathering place for small groups. The AC meeting spaces are very versatile. There are a variety of chair configurations and AV Equipment.
| 475 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space at the Activity Center

AC-101 is adjacent to the indoor pool and across the hall from the weight room. It is on the first floor of the Activity Center and it has a sink and lots of counter-top space. This room also has a wall mounted dry erase board. There are a variety of different AV and chair arrangement options for this room.
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Meeting space in Lakeside Center

Lakeside Center has self contained lodging and meeting space. The atrium meeting space can seat up to 200 people; it also features a small lounge area and kitchenette. A sound system and video screens can be provided at Lakeside Center. This room also has a dry erase board mounted on the wall.
| 775 SQ FT | image
Meeting Space Cottonwood Cabin

Cottonwood Cabin is a conference room that is in its own building. There are restrooms located in this building. It also is equip with a refrigerator, sink, coffee maker and counter-space. This room has two flatscreen TVs with VGA and HDMI connectivity. This room has numerous chair arrangements available as well as a lot of different AV options.
| 1,102 SQ FT | image
Grant Room

Grant Room is located on the ground floor of the Activity Center adjacent to the Lincoln Room. There are two flatscreen TVs mounted to the wall as well as a dry erase board. The flatscreen TVs have HDMI and VGA capabilities. There are various chair arrangements and AV equipment available for this room. This room has a refrigerator, counter-space, coffee maker and a sink in it.

Food + Beverage

Food + Beverage

Availability
YES
YES
NO


Catering
At Lake Williamson Christian Center, St. Louis event planners have a choice! We have 3 great dining opportunities for your group. All of our retreat packages include buffet style meals in our dining room; multiple entrees, salad bar, dessert, etc. Looking to treat your guests to a special meal? Event planners can upgrade one of the meals to a sit and serve banquet with linens. Of course no meeting is complete without snacks, so don’t forget about our extensive snack list! We do all of the work to prepare and deliver the snacks to your meeting space, exactly when you want it. The Connections Cafe is also a great place for light meals or snack orders. Event planners near St. Louis must schedule its hours ahead of time, and know that its fun atmosphere creates a great opportunity for their guests to build relationships.
Dining Options
| Seating Capacity: 660 | image
Lakeside Dining Room

The dining room serves guests all-you- can-eat buffets and beautifully plated banquets. Guests enjoy their meals in the handsomely crafted lakeside dining hall with huge windows that look over Lake Williamson from the dining hall veranda. After your meal take a break and relax in the lake gazebo.
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The Connections Cafe at the Activities Center is serving up items off the grill, appetizers, and cool treats from the ice cream freezer. Groups can arrange pizza parties, snack packages, or times for the Cafe to be open for individual pay out of pocket orders. For your convenience there is an ATM located by the Activities Center front desk.

We want to help you get the most out of your retreat fellowship times. Let us handle all preparation and cleanup so you can focus on ministering to your attendees. The cafe and courtyard patio is a great spot to take in a movie with your whole group in a laid back, casual setting. It works well for small group meetings and fellowship times, too. Don't worry about internet, because the Cafe is equipped with WiFi! 
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Meeting Room Food and Beverage Service

It’s the idea of water cooler talk; people gather around food to fellowship! So let us help you get the most out of your retreat fellowship times. Let us handle all preparation and clean up, so you can focus on ministering to your attendees. You can add some extra comfort to your meeting room with a hot decanter of coffee, teas, or ice water; maybe a tray of fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers, or fresh baked cookies. Think outside the box! Try our s’mores package during your group bonfire.

Location

Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Saint Louis Lambert (STL) - 55 minutes
Nearby Cities
St. Louis, MO - 65 miles Springfield, IL - 50 miles
Transportation + Parking
Taxi
Train
Onsite Parking

Technology

Technology

Equipment Available On-Site
Microphones
Microphones
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors

Description
All of our group retreat packages include a private meeting space for your event, which our Guest Services team will set up prior to your arrival according to your specifications. We also include the use of our A/V equipment, all at no extra charge. Wireless Internet available and complimentary.
Technology

• The Auditorium is equipped with a booming sound system, stage lights, and up to three video screens. The Space can be opened up into one large room or divided into smaller meeting rooms with sound barrier walls.
• The Brotherhood Center is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment.
• The Activity Center meeting rooms can host groups of 20-400. All 12 Activity Center meeting rooms can have a sound system and video screens. 

Testimonials

Testimonials


"I want to thank you for your overwhelming hospitality this past weekend. Everyone was very gracious and helpful. The facilities are great. I will definitely recommend this site to anyone who is seeking a place for a meeting, a retreat, etc. May God continue to work through you to reach others."

"I cannot say enough how much our group loves Lake Williamson, especially the staff and the facilities! Everyone there has been great to work with, extremely accommodating and very caring of our group. We have literally no complaints!" "Our group has used several other camps & retreat centers and nothing compares to the facilities, activities, and staff that LW has, since coming to LW there has been no need to try any place else!"

"I love the Carlinville facility and the staff. I like the improvements they have been making to the grounds. I enjoy working with the staff. I feel they go above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of us. They are extremely flexible and it is so nice to work with a group of folks who not only understand what good business is but approach it with obvious good Christian values and attitude. I already look forward to the next time we can work together.”

"It was awesome to see our youth group connect spiritually to Jesus and each other. We all enjoyed the high ropes, blacklight dodgeball, lake, basketball, and playing pool. You have a great camp and I am so BLESSED to have seen my own son grow so much in his spiritual, emotional and social walk with our Lord. We all enjoyed the campfire time, and every one of our youths were very open and honest and loving during this special worship time. We have been there 3 times and we all are looking forward to next year. Thank you for Loving Jesus and our youths.”



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