Wafloy Mountain Village

Our Story

Wafloy Mountain Village is located just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

In 1947, Floy Bell and her husband, W.A., both school teachers in Knoxville, bought a piece of mountain property with the intent of creating a Christian retreat that would serve as a place to rejuvenate, heal, and strengthen the physical and spiritual being of youth and adults.

After her husband’s early death, Floy Bell moved to the property with even more intensity to make her village a very special place. Wafloy, as it was named, flourished and throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, many structures were built including a two-story youth lodge, a thirty-two room hotel atop the mountain with a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountain’s Greenbrier Pinnacle, approximately twenty other housing and meeting facilities, a beautiful Chapel and a small 1950s style motel. Wafloy hosted visitors from at least 43 countries, and has been used as a Christian youth camp and adult retreat center since the 1950s.

Floy Bell, who managed the 100 acre campus until the age of 95, turned the management of the village over to her grandson and his wife in 2001. They are now in their 60s and 70s. In June of 2013, with much prayer and deliberation, they sought a partner who would help maintain the vision of Floy and W.A. Bell, and one whom had been a long-term and substantial user of the village. They approached Corryton Church to consider assuming the management and control of the property.

The goal is to establish Wafloy as one of the most sought after Christian youth camps in the region, to facilitate Christian adult seminars, conferences, retreats, and weddings, while bringing glory to God, and helping people say “yes” to God.

Where do we go from here?

Wafloy hired Chad Eidemiller in January of 2014 as the director. God gave Chad and his wife Jennifer a passion for camp ministry nearly 12 years ago. After serving in full time ministry at various churches for nearly 16 years, God called Chad away from his most recent position as College pastor at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, TN. What then seemed like a blind step of faith, eventually led Chad and Jennifer to seeing their passion for camp ministry unfold as God orchestrated the details that led them to Corryton and Wafloy months later. The journey has been amazing, and is only the beginning of an even more amazing story as we believe God is going to do ‘more than we could possibly hope or imagine’ at Wafloy Mountain Village.

family

Chad and Jennifer Eidemiller with their two children, Ty and Kenley

The “mission” of Floy Bell has been accepted. It is our privilege to re-energize Wafloy, and we will do so through business and property management, marketing efforts, and capital. All capital is being provided from fund raising campaigns.

Thanks to the faithful and numerous donations from churches, individuals, and businesses, phase one of our current plan is nearing completion. We have had construction companies donating skilled labor, contractors donating materials, an architectural designer donating services, and numerous small businesses donating their time, materials, and skills from their respective businesses.

We are dedicated to rebuilding this mountain village and re-establishing it as a Christian camp. Learn more about how you can partner with us.