Forest Park has 45 acres of natural old growth forest, six buildings that host activities and events, over 30 individual cabins or dorms, and many amenities for groups. Forest Park is used by many regional and local churches, scouting programs, community organizations, and families for ministry, retreats, meetings, educational programs and family events.

Forest Park hosts many community events throughout the year: Topeka Haunted Woods, Science is a Blast, and Topeka Mile of Toys. We hope to add more activities and events to our calendar in 2018.


The mission of Forest Park Conference & Retreat Center is to serve the community through Christian hospitality in a nature setting.

The Board of Trustees

We are currently recruiting for the Board of Trustees, class of 2018. If you would like to be considered to serve the community in this way we ask that you contact events@forestparkretreat.com

Forest Park Board of Trustees oversees and implements the operations, business plan, and programs of the facility. The trustees are officially approved by the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church at their Annual Conference. The officers of the Board are:

  • Jerry Schwilling, Chair
  • Rev. Lynn Lamberty, Vice-Chair
  • Jeanette Johnson, Secretary
  • Janice Klamm
  • Gary Anguiano
  • Roy Nelson
  • John Zibell
  • Matthew Davids
  • Steve Jacobs
  • David Wright
  • Ed White
  • Susan Cunningham


Forest Park began its ministry through the Kansas Conference of the Evangelical Association in 1922, with 22 acres of beautifully wooded land, completely undeveloped. Developments in the park during the early years included the building of a large auditorium, a smaller auditorium known as the departmental building, two dormitories, a dining hall, a caretaker’s house, a bathhouse, and several small cabins.

Forest Park prepares for our second century of service by welcoming all of God’s children and sharing the gifts of God’s kingdom.