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Native American Conference

 Registration is now open!

June 24-26, 2016

Completing the Circle

Mind, Body and Soul

Come to Lake Junaluska ready to renew yourself!

Challenge yourself to participate in a Spiritual Walk around the lake. Learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Participate in the talent show and ice cream social.

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Rev. Ken Locklear

Ken has served in pastoral ministry for 34 years, serving as an Elder since 1991. Before going into ministry, he worked in construction. During this time he became very active in the life and ministry of the church, teaching Sunday school, working in outreach and evangelism. Out of these ministries, he heard the compelling call of God in 1980, and took his 1st appointment in 1981.

He has served 7 churches (2-2 point charges). He started a new church in Greensboro, NC and served there for 6 years and then went to Southeastern Jurisdiction at Lake Junaluska and served as Executive Director of Native American Ministries for 5 years before being appointed to Prospect UMC in 2004.

Ken feels honored to be among the called out and privileged to work for the Kingdoms sake. He is married to Janet C. Locklear who works as a Speech/Language Pathologist in the local school system. They have one son, Philip Locklear, who is a police officer at UNC Pembroke.

Pembroke State University 1987 BA
Duke Divinity 1991 M.Div
Wesley Theological Seminary 2004 D.Min

 Rev. Dr. W. Timothy McClendon

Dr. Tim McClendon is a native of Edgefield, SC and is the Senior Pastor of St. John's UMC, Aiken. Dr. Tim most recently served as the Columbia District Superintendent until coming to St. John's in 2014. He has served United Methodist Churches in Cheraw, Hartsville, and Rock Hill, SC. He has been Parliamentarian for the South Carolina Annual Conference for over 20 years, and was nominated to be a bishop in the UMC in 2012. Tim is an avid potter.Dr. Tim is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina, has a Master's of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he taught theology and church law for 12 summers. He has also taught at the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia. Dr. Tim is known as a creative worship leader, teacher, and preacher who connects with people in authentic and inspiring ways.

He has been a frequent contributor to United Methodist publications, most especially with his blog "A Potter's View"( He was the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of Candler School of Theology, Emory University for service to the church. Dr. Tim was also awarded the Denman Evangelism Award for his excellence in church growth and discipleship. He has been very involved in missions in the Philippines, Bulgaria, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and in the United States.

Dr. Tim is married to the former Cindy Godwin of Lake City, SC, and they have three children: Narcie (Mike) who is an ordained Elder in the UMC and appointed as the Wesley Foundation Director at the University of Florida. They have two children, Enoch and Evy Grace.
Josh (Karen) who is also an ordained Elder in the UMC serving as Associate Pastor at Shandon UMC in Columbia. Karen and Josh have two children: Kaela and Joella. Tim and Cindy's youngest son, Caleb, a recent graduate of USC, resides at home. Cindy is a School Counselor at Oak Grove Elementary in Lexington.

Freeman Owle 

Freeman was born on the Qualla Indian boundary in Cherokee North Carolina in 1946. He grew up in the Birdtown community and attended the Cherokee Indian schools system. The schools were operated by Bureau of Indian Affairs. He graduated from the 12th grade in that system and attended Gardner Webb College and western Carolina University and graduated with a master’s degree in education.

 After graduating Freeman returned to the reservation to teach in the Cherokee Schools. He remained there for twelve years and won the B.I.A. teacher of the year award nationwide in 1985. Owle also was the North Carolina Folklorist of the year in 2003. Freeman has lectured throughout the Eastern United States on Cherokee history for the last twenty years. He is also a storyteller.

He has also been included in several documentaries on the Cherokee.

He helped to write, Living Stories of the Cherokee, The Milky way, and The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guide book. Freeman thinks it is good to hear about the Cherokee from a Cherokee who has grown up, and lived on the Reservation his entire life. 

James "Bo" Taylor

James "Bo" Taylor's programs include Cherokee dancing, powwow dancing, dance songs, and discussion of Cherokee history, culture, and stereotypes. He adapts his presentations to audiences of all ages and sizes, and always encourages them to participate in dancing and discussion. Taylor also teaches Cherokee language in intensive ten-day immersion classes.

Raised in the Wolftown community on the Qualla Boundary, Bo Taylor danced as a boy in downtown Cherokee with Leroy Tramper. His grandfather Larch Taylor sang to him in the Cherokee language and danced with him. Describing himself as "big into the old ways," Bo Taylor feels he has earned his Cherokee name of Come Back Wolf. Bo has "come back" to the traditional Cherokee ways from a time when he was a high school football star, but ashamed to be Indian. He has studied, practiced, and promoted his Cherokee heritage. Greatly influenced by his time spent with elders Walker Calhoun and Robert Bushyhead, Bo Taylor has learned the Cherokee dances and can read and write the Cherokee language. He has also learned songs and dances from wax cylinders that Will West Long recorded in the 1930s, and has taught these dances to children. He earned a degree in anthropology with a minor in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University and now serves as Archivist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.