The Off the Grid Project was created for the purpose of providing outdoor programs for Pastoral staff to disconnect, be refreshed and build relationships with people that have a common purpose. The “Off the Grid Project” is different than most pastoral conferences or conventions. Our focus is to help Pastors break away from the demands and stress of their ministries. To have the time to reflect and evaluate their personal lives and ministry. Our desire is that each Pastor will return with clarity, eagerness, and refreshment to further the Kingdom of God. Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

2022 Dates for “Off the Grid Project”

Fly Fishing Trip (Linden Valley) – March 14-16, 2022
Luxury Fly Fishing Trip (Carson Springs) – May 16-18
Motorcycle Tour (Carson Springs) – May 16-18
Motorcycle Tour (Carson Springs) – July 25-27 – *Cancelled
Pastors Backpacking trip (Carson Springs) – August 22-24
Pastors Golf Tour (Carson Springs) – August 22-24
Pastor/Son Backpacking Trip (Carson Springs) – August 26-28
Pastor/Son Backpacking Trip (Linden Valley) – September 2-4 – *Cancelled
Minister’s wives Backpacking Trip (Carson Springs) – September 12-14
Mountain Biking Trip (Carson Springs) – September 19-21
Pastors Backpacking Trip (Carson Springs) – October 17-19
Fly Fishing Trip (Carson Springs) – October 24-26
*Customized trips are available upon request

Fly Fishing Trip (Linden Valley) – March 14-16, 2022

Experience the wild streams of West Tennessee in a three-day two-night adventure. With our base camp at Buffalo Campground, you will spend several hours each day in two different streams. Tumbling Creek and Hurricane Creek. We will start our adventure at Linden Valley Conference Center for one night stay and breakfast the next morning. After breakfast we will spend time learning fly tying to use on your trip. Then we will travel to Buffalo Campground where our base camp will be set up for us. From there, lunch and on to the stream. During our trip we will experience delicious meals each day prepared at our campsite. Large tents will be provided to give you a good night’s rest. Shower houses are available at the campsite. Only thing you need to bring is your rod, license, and toiletries. You will be able to hone your skills or learn for the first time the art of Fly Fishing. Your experience will allow you to get away from the busyness of your ministry in quiet and tranquil surroundings. You also will be able to interact with like-minded pastors from across the state.

Cost $185 This includes 8 meals, transportation, one night Lodging at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center, and two nights lodging at the campground. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Luxury Fly Fishing Trip (Carson Springs) – May 16-18, 2022

This trip is designed for those that want to experience spending time in a mountain stream but want to continue to enjoy modern comforts. You will experience the wild streams and rivers of East Tennessee in a three-day two-night adventure. You will spend each night at Carson Springs Baptist Conference center. Each day we will spend several hours each day in three different streams. Cosby Creek, Gulf Ford Big Creek and Trail Fork Big Creek. You will start each morning of your adventure with a great breakfast and then spend time learning fly tying to use on your trip. Then we will travel to a stream to spend the day testing the waters. Box lunches will be provided on the stream. During your trip you will experience delicious meals each day prepared at Carson Springs. Only thing you need to bring is your rod, license, and toiletries. You will be able to hone your skills or learn for the first time the art of Fly Fishing. Your experience will allow you to get away from the busyness of your ministry in quiet and tranquil surroundings. You also will be able to interact with like-minded pastors from across the state.

Cost $210 This includes 8 meals, transportation, and three nights lodging at Carson Springs. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Motorcycle Tour (Carson Springs) – May 16-18, 2022

The Off the Grid Motorcycle Tour will be a three day, two night event. Each Pastor will stay all two nights at Carson Springs and enjoy breakfast and dinner each day during their stay. They will arrive Monday morning, then on the road for lunch and to tour of the mountains of east Tennessee. They will explore new restaurants each day to gather for lunch. After a leisurely ride they will come back to Carson Springs for dinner and a time gathering around the fire in the conference center lobby to share stories. Each day pastors will experience new experiences on the road with good followship. The purpose is for each pastor to break away and disconnect from their everyday ministry to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with likeminded ministers.

Cost $114/ This includes; 2 night lodging at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center, and 4 meals. Cost $114. For more information about the programming call 423-863-1292 or lodging call 423-623-2764. kperigan@tnbaptist.org For additional night’s stay call 423-623-2764.

Motorcycle Tour (Carson Springs) – July 25-27, 2022 – Cancelled

The Off the Grid Motorcycle Tour will be a three day, two night event. Each Pastor will stay all two nights at Carson Springs and enjoy breakfast and dinner each day during their stay. They will arrive Monday morning, then on the road for lunch and to tour of the mountains of east Tennessee. They will explore new restaurants each day to gather for lunch. After a leisurely ride they will come back to Carson Springs for dinner and a time gathering around the fire in the conference center lobby to share stories. Each day pastors will experience new experiences on the road with good followship. The purpose is for each pastor to break away and disconnect from their everyday ministry to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with likeminded ministers.

Cost $114/ This includes; 2 night lodging at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center, and 4 meals. Cost $114. For more information about the programming call 423-863-1292 or lodging call 423-623-2764. kperigan@tnbaptist.org For additional night’s stay call 423-623-2764.

Pastors Backpacking trip (Carson Springs) – August 22-24, 2022

Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. You will experience approximately 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail at Allen Gap at 2,300 ft. We will spend our first night on Spring Mountain at 3,600 ft. We will see one of the many shelters on the AT that was built in 1938. There will be many scenic views as well as a old fire tower to explore. This campsite will give us a view of the night sky in the midst of a wooded forest. On day two, we will stay on Tanyard Gap at 2,300 ft. We will be under a canopy of trees. We will conclude our trip in Hot Springs NC at 1,357 ft. Hot Springs is a small backpacking community that welcomes 1,000’s of backpackers every year that are hiking through the Appalachian Trail. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with like-minded Pastors.

Cost $75. This includes one night in the conference center at Carson Springs, breakfast monday morning and transportation to and from trail. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastors Golf Tour (Carson Springs) – August 22-24

The Off the Grid Golf Tour will be a three day, two night event. You will enjoy playing on a different golf course each day. Each Pastor will stay two nights at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center and enjoy breakfast and dinner each day during your stay. You will arrive Monday morning at your first course, Clench View Golf Course. Later that afternoon you will check into the conference center at Carson Springs where you will have a delicious dinner and great fellowship. Day two, you will wake to a full breakfast and then off to Sevierville Golf Club in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains. You will come back to Carson Springs for another delicious meal and then relax in the setting of English Mountain. On day three, you will start with your final breakfast at Carson Springs and then on to Dandridge Country Club. Each day, pastors will experience friendly competition on three premier golf courses while enjoying the beauty of the mountains of East Tennessee. The purpose of the Off The Grid Golf Tour is for each pastor to break away and disconnect from their everyday ministry to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with like-minded ministers.

Cost $250 includes 2 nights in the conference center, 4 meals and 3 course/cart fees. For additional night’s stay call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org. Joe Sorah is your tour facilitator and can be reached at 423-895-1481.

Pastor/son backpacking trip (Carson Springs) – August 26-28, 2022

Get away to spend time with your son in an outdoor setting. Fathers and sons will have a unique bonding time as they spend three days camping, cooking and hiking in the backcountry of East Tennessee. Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking on the Appalachian trail. You will experience 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail on Green Corner Rd just off of I40. Our first night we will stay on Snowbird Mountain at 4249 ft. Snowbird is a open bald mountain top with a spectacular view of the night sky. Day two we will hike to Browns Gap at 3500 ft. This campsite is under a full canopy of tree that will give you the experience of camping in the backcountry. We will end our trip with a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains on Max Patch. At 4,629 ft in elevation, you will experience breath-taking views that you can see God’s fingerprint in His creation. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with other fathers and sons.

Cost $150, per father/son. This includes one night in the conference center at Carson Springs, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastor/Son Backpacking Trip (Linden Valley) – September 2-4, 2022 – Cancelled

Get away to spend time with your son in an outdoor setting. Fathers and sons will have a unique bonding time as they spend three days camping, cooking and hiking in the Natchez Trace State Park in west Tennessee. Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking on Red Leave Trail. You will experience 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the state park. We will begin our journey on the Red Leave Trail. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with other fathers and sons.

Cost $150, per father/son. This includes one night in the conference center at Linden Valley, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Minister’s wives Backpacking Trip (Carson Springs) – September 12-14

Ministers’ wives will experience three days, two nights backpacking on Appalachian Trail. You will experience 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail on Green Corner Rd just off of I40. Our first night we will stay on Snowbird Mountain at 4249 ft. Snowbird is a open bald mountain top with a spectacular view of the night sky. Day two we will hike to Browns Gap at 3500 ft. This campsite is under a full canopy of tree that will give you the experience of camping in the backcountry. We will end our trip with a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains on Max Patch. At 4,629 ft in elevation, you will experience breath-taking views that you can see God’s fingerprint in His creation. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with other ministers’ wives.

Cost $75. This includes one night in the conference center at Carson Springs, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org or emilybterrell@gmail.com.

Mountain Biking Trip (Carson Springs) – September 19-21, 2022

East Tennessee is the best place to exploring rugged trails on a mountain bike. We will spend three-day two-night adventure. We will set up base camp at Paint Creek Campground, and then spend several hours each day biking two different trails. Chimney Rock to Paint Mountain trail and Meadow Creek Mountain Trail to Polecat Hollow Road Trail. You will start your adventure at Carson Springs Conference Center for one night stay and breakfast the next morning. After breakfast we will load up our bikes and gear. Then we will travel to Paint Creek Campground where our base camp will be set up for us. From there, lunch and on to the trail. During your trip you will experience delicious meals each day prepared at our campsite. We will set up large roomy tents to give us a good night’s rest. Vault Toilets are available at the campsite. This campground does not have showers. If you are inexperienced or experienced, you will be challenges and enjoy the fellowship. Your experience will allow you to get away from the busyness of your ministry in quiet and tranquil surroundings. You also will be able to interact with like-minded pastors from across the state.

Cost $185 This includes 8 meals, transportation, one night Lodging at Carson Springs, and two nights lodging at the campground. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastors Backpacking trip (Carson Springs) – October 17-19, 2022

Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. You will experience approximately 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail at Allen Gap at 2,300 ft. We will spend our first night on Spring Mountain at 3,600 ft. We will see one of the many shelters on the AT that was built in 1938. There will be many scenic views as well as a old fire tower to explore. This campsite will give us a view of the night sky in the midst of a wooded forest. On day two, we will stay on Tanyard Gap at 2,300 ft. We will be under a canopy of trees. We will conclude our trip in Hot Springs NC at 1,357 ft. Hot Springs is a small backpacking community that welcomes 1,000’s of Backpackers every year that are hiking through the Appalachian Trail. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with like-minded Pastors.

Cost $75. This includes one night in the conference center, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Fly Fishing Trip (Carson Springs) – October 24-26, 2022

Experience the wild streams and rivers of East Tennessee in a three-day two-night adventure. With our base camp at Paint Creek Campground, you will spend several hours each day in three different streams and rivers. Cosby Creek, Middle Prong Little Pigeon River and West Prong Little Pigeon in Pigeon Forge. You will start your adventure at Carson Springs Conference Center for one night stay and breakfast the next morning. After breakfast we will spend time learning fly tying to use on your trip. Then we will travel to Paint Creek Campground where our base camp will be set up for us. From there, lunch and on to the river. During your trip you will experience delicious meals each day prepared at our campsite. Large tents will be provided to give us a good night’s rest. Shower houses are available at the campsite. Only thing you need to bring is your rod, license, and toiletries. You will be able to hone your skills or learn for the first time the art of Fly Fishing. Your experience will allow you to get away from the busyness of your ministry in quiet and tranquil surroundings. You also will be able to interact with like-minded pastors from across the state.

Cost $185 This includes 8 meals, transportation, one night Lodging at Carson Springs, and two nights lodging at the campground. Rental equipment is available. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Customized Trips are available upon request. For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.