For more than four decades, Chi Rho Center has been an outreach of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. Chi Rho Center provides programs and facilities for children, youth and adults in the Minneapolis area. If you have a group that is looking for a beautiful location to hold a retreat, reunion, wedding, or gathering please see retreat rental rates.

Chi Rho Center is situated on a scenic peninsula on the shores of Lake Sylvia.  A 73-acre camp and retreat center located five miles outside of Annandale, Minnesota.

The Retreat Center Lodge contains a lounge, dining room, conference room, and game room, all with large stone fire places and views of the lake.

The winter facility has two dorms that can accommodate 56 people. Each has two bunk beds with extra long mattresses and each building has restrooms and showers.  Winter activities include broom ball, ice fishing and cozy meetings next to the Retreat Center Lodge stone fireplaces overlooking the lake. The camp is within 4 miles of groomed cross country skiing trails.

Beginning in June, Chi Rho Center opens up the summer cabins, increasing the camp’s capacity to 125.

Summer recreational facilities include two beaches, three basketball courts, canoes, a paddleboat, and a pontoon boat. The wooded nature trail offers a more reflective experience where you’ll see many birds and wildflowers and may catch a glimpse of a gray fox or mink.

Other popular activities include telling stories around a campfire, fishing for bass and northern, and stargazing from one of the docks.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Had 1,000 kids in camp.
  • Sponsored Summerfest: fun, games, live bands, foold.
  • Entertained 700 members of Lake Sylvia Association.
  • Served pancake breakfasts to hundreds at Chi Rho.
  • Used outdoor stage for worship, music, and drama events.
  • Hosted 22 non-profit groups.
  • Received compliments for keeping grounds and buildings clean.
  • Held weddings in our pine setting and a baptism in our clean lake.