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About Us

Our Mission

Riverbend provides a place of refuge where people experience Christ

Our History

Riverbend Retreat Center, formerly known as Tarrant Baptist Encampment, was begun in 1967. God laid it on the heart of the late J.T. Stevens to donate 70 acres of land near Glen Rose, Texas to the Tarrant Baptist Association for an encampment site. The Association purchased an additional 70 acres adjoining the Steven's property. Soon the encampment was underway on 140 acres of secluded woodland of which 5,000 feet fronts the Brazos River. An additional 19 acres was purchased in 2004.  In 1995, the name was changed to Riverbend Retreat Center in order to reflect the outdoor environment, to emphasize the retreat season ministry, and to promote the ministry to groups outside the Tarrant Baptist Association.  Riverbend's ministry has grown serving over 25,000 guests in camps, retreats, and special events annually.  Over 75% of our groups are return guests.

Welcome to Riverbend Retreat Center in Glen Rose, Texas


Riverbend provides a place of refuge where people experience Christ.


Riverbend specializes in providing a place for groups to step away from busy day-to-day lives and spend time with God, His Creation and each other.  



  • Camp, Conference and Retreat Facilities for individuals, families and groups up to 720.  

  • Over 28,000 people each year come to stay, play, and renew at our 159-acre facility bordered by the Brazos River 

  • Wide range of lodging, programs, recreation and rates to meet your needs

  • Serving churches, families and groups of all ages since 1967


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