Stephen Olford Center

Located on 18 wooded acres in Memphis, TN, we offer a relaxing, scenic environment for your retreats, conferences, and weddings.

Memphis’ Hidden Oasis

Our center is conveniently located in southeast Memphis, ten miles from the airport and one mile from the expressway, but you’d never know it once you step on our campus.

Surrounded by 18 acres of beautiful wooded scenery, our hidden oasis provides a rural feel without the hassle of a long commute.

Since 1989

We have been hosting groups from all over the world for over three decades. Whether you come just for the day or stay for a week-long conference, you’ll see why thousands of clients have chosen our center for their events. 

Why Choose Us?

We are your one-stop shop for a relaxing, enjoyable event!

Meeting Spaces

A variety of meeting spaces and chapels can accommodate small gatherings as well as events with up to 150 people.

In-house catering

Catered meals cooked on site with customizable menus makes meals convenient and delicious.

On-site lodging

Hotel-style lodging options allow you to enjoy your retreat without ever having to leave the property.

Happily Ever After

Our picturesque grounds, chapel, catering service, and dining areas provide everything you need for your perfect wedding day!

Our Clients

Testimonials from a few of our wonderful clients!

Excellent retreat center for our leadership retreat of 30 people. We were warmly welcomed, the food was very good, the setting so beautiful and peaceful. This is the third time I’ve been to the Olford Center for a leadership retreat.

Sam Shaw, pastor

I had the privilege of having my wedding ceremony outside of the main entrance to The Stephen Olford center and I could not have DREAMED it to be as perfect as it was that day!

Linnae Magyar, bride

Excellent facility. Everything was immaculate from the bedrooms, bathrooms, to the chapel, meeting rooms, and dining facilities. The food was outstanding, and the staff provided exceptional service. I recommend this place to anyone looking for somewhere to host a Christian event, camp, retreat.

Jimmy McMorris, retreat attendee

Our Staff

Our experienced team is ready to help make your event run as seamlessly as possible!

Beckie Levatino

Beckie Levatino

Operations Manager

Tammy Ussery

Tammy Ussery

Assistant Operations Manager

Kelly Levatino

Kelly Levatino

Web design + Social Media Manager


What kind of events take place at the SOC?

Church and ministry retreats, staff/elder/deacon meetings, fellowship meals, prayer meetings, church services, graduations, weddings, and more. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of past events and client reviews.

How much does it cost to host an event at the SOC?

Prices are dependent upon the type of event you are having, what meeting spaces you want to use, and whether you desire us to cater your event. We are happy to discuss particulars with you when you come for a tour!

Do you offer lodging for weekend or week-long retreats?

Yes! We have hotel style rooms for guests who would like to spend the night.

How far in advance do I need to book my event?

The sooner the better. We book on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why should I choose the SOC for my event instead of a large hotel conference center?

While located in a large city, the SOC is secluded on 18-wooded acres, offering easy access for attendees and a restful sanctuary for visitors at the same time. Our rates are very competitive, and we offer personalized attention during the booking and planning stages as well as during the actual event.

Where is the SOC located?

4000 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115

Located just a half mile south of the Riverdale exit on highway 385, our center is easily accessible from anywhere in the city and is only 20 minutes from Memphis International Airport.

Let's chat!

Do you have an event coming up? We'd love to talk about how we can help you make your next event the best one yet!


4000 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115




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