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Banquet, Student Retreat, Symposium, and NCCA

Locations, Accommodations, and Schedules


Student Retreat and Symposium attendees are welcome to stay at Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. The rooms (double occupancy) are not included in the standard event registration cost. Additional nights, if needed before or after the event, can be obtained for $40 per night per person during registration (double occupancy; $80/night for your own room). The ticket does not include lunches during the NCCA, but does include the Saturday night Banquet, and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday.


In a change from previous years, we will not be coordinating individual transportation for all attendees. Transportation van service options will be provided by Trisha Trosclair, who has helped us out previously. You may contact Trisha directly with your travel details. There will be a flat rate of $25 per person for those who pre-register and pay by Oct. 8 with Trisha. You must schedule your ride and pay in advance. There will be three pick-up times scheduled per day.  Contact Trisha in order to plan accordingly. If you miss the pick-up time or want to schedule an individual pick up time, the cost will be $40 for the first person and $10 for each additional person. 

Another idea to consider may be using Uber which would be somewhere between $17-$40 and you would be responsible for arranging this completely on your own.

Van Shuttle: Trisha Trosclair    704-360-7803 

If you have other questions, feel free to call or email Matt Schmidt,, Phone 402-533-3898 (Call or text; prefer call)

Student transportation: There will be NO transportation to or from NCCA and the Ratio Christi retreat center on either Friday or Saturday. Students can stay in the hotel on nights in addition to Saturday night, but are "on their own" as RC events do not officially start until Saturday evening. Students are responsible to get to the retreat center by no later than 5:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 14th if staying in the hotel at the retreat center (to allow time for hotel check-in) or 6:00 pm if staying elsewhere. Students are responsible for their own transportation home on Sunday evening.

Locations and Directions

Banquet, Lodging, Symposium & Student Retreat Location

Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center (SYM Center)

375 Starlight Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Minutes south of Charlotte, NC
Conference Center website:
Google Directions Link from  Symposium/Student Retreat to NCCA: []  (7.3 miles; 20 minutes) 
Google Directions Link from  NCCA Symposium/Student Retreat to: []  (7.9 miles; 20 minutes)

National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA)

Calvary Church
5801 Pineville Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Church website:   Google location
Google Directions Link from NCCA to Symposium/Student Retreat:  []  (7.9 miles; 18 minutes) 

Friday Evening Dinner at NCCA for RC leaders - Room 242 on second floor of Calvary Church -  $10 per person, boxed lunch, pay at time of dinner

Location: Room 242 on the second floor of Calvary Church (NCCA location)

**Please note: this is for Ratio Christi staff, Chapter Directors, and leaders only. If you are not with RC and wish to attend please contact for more information.
The dinner will begin to be served at 5:00 pm and go until 6:30 pm. It will be an informal, boxed dinner pickup, with a in a room where RC leaders and partners can fellowship. There is no planned program for the dinner. Come, hang out, eat, and connect with your RC family from around the country.  

General Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 12 - SYM Center, Bethany Lounge

9 am - 5 pm Regional Directors Meeting. ONLY for Ratio Christi regional directors - Includes lunch

5 pm - 6 pm Dinner for Regional Directors and National Staff (requires registration or RSVP)

6 pm - 9 pm All Staff Meeting - Regional Directors and National Staff for group meeting

National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) Friday & Saturday, Oct. 13 & 14

Tickets can be purchased through Ratio Christi here if you are attending the Ratio Christi Symposium or Student Apologetics Weekend (discount available for RC staff) or sold separately by NCCA.  

Friday, October 13

You can purchase breakfast meals at the SYM retreat center cafe. Opens at 7:00 am.

8:30 am - 4:45 attend NCCA

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner Break $10/person boxed dinner Registration or RSVP required (Calvary Room 242, 2nd floor)

6:30 - 9:45 pm attend NCCA

Return to SYM Center or other for lodging.

Saturday, October 14

7:00 am You can purchase breakfast meals at the SYM retreat center cafe.

7:45 am Recommended departure time to leave SYM Center to go to NCCA - No transportation is provided. Responsible for your own transportation.

Go to NCCA and check in if you did not attend on Friday
Location: Calvary Church (directions above)

8:30 am - 5:00 pm -  Attend sessions at NCCA

Return to SYM Center: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. See directions above. Please arrive no later than 6:00 pm.

4:00 pm Check-In Begins
6:30 pm Banquet Begins - Keynote Speaker: Dr. J. P. Moreland
9:00 pm Banquet Ends
9:15 pm Book signing, Game Night (Everyone is welcome), RC Guitar Jam

Sunday, October 15 - Student Retreat and Symposium

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. See directions above.
7:15 - 8:30 Buffet Breakfast Included
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Worship, Sessions, Fellowship, Lunch Included

See detailed schedules for Saturday afternoon and Sunday:

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