Engaging the University with the Hope of the Gospel

As Christians in academia, we often face unique challenges when it comes to the intersection of our faith and our role in the university. At the InterVarsity Blue Ridge Faculty Conference you will:

  • hear from Christian scholars as they share about their experiences as Christians in academia
  • engage with Francis Su about how to be salt and light in the academy in culturally appropriate ways
  • network with fellow Christ-followers in academia
  • step away from the busyness of campus life and enjoy time in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for you and even your entire family

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2018 Conference

Join us June 28-July 1, 2018, at Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center located outside of Asheville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for the InterVarsity Blue Ridge Faculty Conference. We’ll again offer a day-ahead option on June 27, where you can come early and enjoy unstructured time before the conference officially begins. We have drafted a tentative schedule which is subject to change as planning continues. We look forward to seeing you there!


Who and Where

All university faculty are welcome at the conference. Whether you’re single, married, and/or have kids, the conference will have something for you! Spouses are invited to attend and the gathering will be family-friendly. The conference takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing an opportunity to experience God’s creation while getting away from the daily stresses of life.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 conference. Francis is past President of the Mathematical Association of America and has a PhD from Harvard, where he was part of InterVarsity’s ministry to graduate students. Dr. Francis Su is an engaging speaker who takes seriously what it means for Christian academics to offer the hope of the Gospel in his own collegial relationships, to his students, and through his research. He also enjoys hanging out with people, being outdoors, and having fun.

Share with Others

Please share about the conference with your colleagues who may be interested in attending in the future. Your personal invitation is one of the most effective ways to grow the network of faculty who hear and attend. Thanks for helping us get the word out!


The Blue Ridge Faculty Conference is hosted by InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM).