You do not have to be Lutheran to enjoy LOMC. We are a retreat center for everybody.
LOMC is very grateful to honor and acknowledge the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Hoocąk (Ho-Chunk), Myaamia, Sauk/Meskwaki, Peoria, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) peoples upon whose ancestral homelands amidst the Rock River Valley we now share ministry as well as all our Indigenous siblings who have and continue to care for this place-this land-and call it their home.
LOMC is a ministry of the ELCA congregations in Illinois. Its 640-acre site is located in the heart of the Rock River Valley of Northwestern Illinois. It is the focal point for a variety of summer camping programs for youth and children. LOMC works cooperatively with congregations to provide staff and resources for camping programs in downstate Illinois and the St. Louis area. Youth and adults find LOMC an attractive setting for retreats and conferences.
Youth facilities include five retreat houses. Our adult retreat center is called Freedom Tree Village. All accommodations are designed for year-round use. Please contact the office if special assistance is needed.
The purpose of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) is to be the Church in outdoor settings, nurturing Christian faith and providing experiences connecting the Word of God with the World of God.
Who We Are
LOMC is an outdoor sanctuary and resource for churches and organizations throughout Illinois. We are a unique resource, not a separate entity. We offer an extension of the ministry provided by the Church; LOMC is a different approach to sharing the message of Christ. Our mission statement gives us only one goal: To teach the Word of God in the World of God, no matter what the environment participants are in. LOMC is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Something for Everyone
There is a camp, retreat, or activity for everyone! LOMC isn't just for summer, and it's not just for kids!
Over 600 Acres of the Great Outdoors
Experience the pond, prairie, and forest that that is home to deer, wild turkey, hawks, owls, and other small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Friendly, Dedicated, and Trained Staff
Our staff is committed to providing quality facilities, service, and programming. We employ good role models that have a strong faith and are enthusiastic about God’s ministry at LOMC.