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Native American Conference

July 28-30, 2017

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.

Native American Conference Brochure now available! (.pdf)



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 won 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.

Tim McClendon

Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon serves as Senior Pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church (UMC) in Aiken, S.C. and has also served as the UMC Columbia District Superintendent. He received the Candler School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumni Award for service to the local church and denomination, the Foundation for Evangelism’s Harry Denman Award for Evangelism, and the UMC Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) United Methodist Men “James Award.”

Tim has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University and at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He has been a frequent speaker at The Southeastern Jurisdiction Association for Native American Ministries (SEJANAM) conferences, elected to six UMC General Conferences, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the General Commission on Religion and Race. He is also a Lake Junaluska trustee.  An avid potter, Tim writes “A Potter’s View” Blog (

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