Mountaineer Christian Ashram

Join us August 4-7, 2022 at the Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia.

The Mountaineer Christian Ashram

The Mountaineer Christian Ashram is held at Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. Nestled in a valley within the Appalachian Mountain range, the beauty of God’s creation accentuates the beauty of the people He created who come to the Ashram. Young and old, rural and urban, black and white, new Christians or seasoned Christians – we all come together in genuine Christian love and fellowship.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Mountaineer Christian Ashram or would like to register, you can contact our registrar, Myra Wheeler, at or (937)204-5368.

Rev. John Phipps

Bible Teacher

New to our Ashram is Brother John Phipps. He grew up rural Western Pennsylvania, and graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Before entering ministry, he served as a counselor in a group home for delinquent youth in Hermitage, PA. After his call to ministry, he graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served numerous churches in Western Pennsylvania and also in Kentucky. He currently serves Concord UMC near Beaver Falls, PA as Senior Pastor. John has been Bible Study leader at numerous Ashram gatherings in Western Pennsylvania. He has a heart for missions within the local church, having traveled to South America and Romania. Married to Anne Phipps since 1983, they have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Clevland Taft Andre Mason II


Brother Cleveland returns once again to the Mountaineer Christian Ashram. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating from Towson State University, as well as Eastern Theological Seminary. He began his career working for the federal government, then felt called into the full-time ministry, serving churches in Baltimore and Washington, DC, before returning to Baltimore to serve as Senior Pastor of Perkins Square Baptist Church of Baltimore in 1991. He provides leadership on many boards and agencies. He is married to Florence Mason, and they are the parents of two sons and a daughter. He is known for the phrase “Much Prayer, Much Power; Little Prayer, Little Power; No Prayer, No Power!”

Gary Wheeler


Gary began attending Ashrams in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas as a teenager with his family. As Director, he guides the daily events during the Ashram as well as the Board of Twelve leadership team during the rest of the year. Gary is married to Myra, who serves as the Registrar for the Ashram. Gary is passionate about helping people growing in the relationship with God, and reaching out to people who are far from Him. His favorite passage of Scripture is Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”