The Oakwood Christian Retreat and Conference Center in Syracuse, Ind., on Lake Wawasee, closed its doors on Aug. 31. According to the North Indiana Conference, which now owns the property, the Oakwood Foundation and staff prepared for the closing for weeks and completed their work by month's end. The conference's hope is to find a buyer who will continue a ministry in the future at Oakwood. The conference advanced significant funds to keep the facility open through Aug. 31.
The North Indiana Conference will continue to employ a small staff to manage and maintain the property. The Oakwood Property Owners Association also has made arrangements with the Syracuse Police and Kosciusko County Sheriff for additional security, including the establishment of a Neighborhood Watch Program to keep the property secure.
The North Indiana Conference has had contact from more than a dozen individuals and groups, some religious ones, who display interest in the property. A marketing package is being developed by a national firm that specializes in hotel and resort properties. Meanwhile, North Indiana Conference leaders have met with and will continue to work with the Oakwood Property Owners' Association Board to address their concerns and needs.