About the Freedom Center

Welcome to the Freedom Center, our gorgeous retreat! One of Loudoun’s best kept secrets, the Freedom Center is tucked in the Catoctin Mountains, just one hour outside of Washington, DC. Exhale as you enter 100 beautifully wooded acres, ready to explore. We have many amenities and activities including Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails, Disc Golf Courses, Team building Obstacles, a Picturesque Lake for fishing or canoeing, Picnic Areas, Meeting Spaces, Lodges, and God’s beautiful creation each way you turn. 

Our vision is to be a Christ-centered and family-friendly resource for youth and families in the Northern Virginia region, as well as any group that wants to get away and connect with each other, disconnect from the daily grind, and grow. We host many types of gatherings ranging from Youth Retreats, Leadership Retreats, Camps, Fitness Retreats, Field Trips, Nature Walks, Picnics, Corporate Events, and more. 

We have a preschool that we sponsor in Downtown Leesburg, VA, called the Harrison Street Academy, as well as a new educational alternative for middle school and high schoolers here on campus, called the Loudoun Field Center.

Whether you’re looking for a space to rent for your program, an educational opportunity for your child or grandchild, or you’d like customized programming and planning for your group, the Freedom Center has qualified staff ready to make your experience meaningful and memorable.

The Team

The Freedom Center is governed by a Board of Directors. Day to day operations are managed by an Executive Director, and staff.

Lyman Eddy

Chairman of the Board

2003. He has pastored a church in Leesburg, Virginia since 1982, and has served on numerous non-profit/ government boards throughout his career.

Paul Gernhardt

Executive Director

Long-time change agent and consultant, Paul has been repeatedly asked to provide broad-based mentoring of individuals and organizations in the personal, religious, and professional realms. He is an accomplished private pilot, scuba diver, performer, skier, and bicyclist.

Abby McMillan

HSA Director

Abby McMillan is the Executive Director at Harrison Street Academy in Downtown Leesburg. She has a background in the corporate arena, and has worked with kids of different ages for around 15+ years in different capacities.

Butch Porter

Loudoun Field Center

Developer of MicroSchools through Independent Education (IndED), in Leesburg, VA. He has a Physics Degree from LSU, an MBA from USC, and a passion for Great Ideas education.