retreat center

GMF’s Stephen Olford Center is the perfect location to host your weekend retreats, church conferences, elder and deacon meetings, fellowship meals, staff team-building events, and other events, including weddings! Located on 18 wooded acres, we offer a relaxing, scenic environment in which to connect with the Lord in a refreshing way.


Meeting Spaces

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


Lodging options for up to 98 people, including handicap accessible rooms


Catered meals cooked on site with customizable menus for up to 120 people


Our center is surrounded by 18 acres of beautiful wooded scenery.


A large patio, a pool, a half-court basketball court, and a 32,000+ volume library


Complimentary wireless internet access

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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?

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.


GMF’s Stephen Olford Center is conveniently located on 18 wooded acres in Memphis, TN. Our picturesque grounds and facilities are an all-in-one venue for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and wedding receptions.
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We host outdoor and indoor ceremonies year round. We cater in house and offer a wide selection of customizable menus. Photographers love our many picturesque backdrops, and out-of-town wedding guests love being able to rent hotel-style rooms on site.
*Wedding video courtesy of Joshua Stephans. First two wedding photos courtesy of N. Barrett Photography.
Do you like what you see? Please contact event coordinater, Beckie Levatino, at or (901) 757-7977 today to schedule a tour of our facilities and to inquire about booking and prices for your special day. We look forward to serving you!

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