September 9, 2010
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. –Rev. Dr. Reginald Mallett of England, whose passion for ministry to both the body and soul touched many lives at Lake Junaluska and around the world, passed away September 8, 2010. For over 44 years, Mallett traveled around the globe spreading the Gospel, frequently visiting Lake Junaluska to preach.
In 2009, Mallett celebrated 44 years of preaching and ministry at Lake Junaluska with a special worship service, “Offer Them Christ.” Dr. Mallett had been compared to preaching great Billy Graham, as he had conducted preaching missions in many United Methodist Churches throughout the Southeastern Jurisdiction over the years.
“The Lake Junaluska community will mourn the passing of Dr. Mallett, who proclaimed the Gospel with great passion,” said Jimmy L. Carr, Lake Junaluska Executive Director. “Dr. Mallett was one of the most popular and sought-after preachers ever to preach at Lake Junaluska. We will greatly miss his friendship and ministry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Brenda, and his family.”
Dr. Mallett was both an ordained Methodist minister and a physician. Mallett studied Theology at the University of London, graduating with First Class Honors. He later graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Birmingham, England.
During his ministry, Mallett served at some of the largest churches in British Methodism. In addition, Mallet traveled and preached extensively throughout the United States.
After preaching for the Lake Junaluska Gathering of the Laity and Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend, Dr. Mallett indicated that 2009 would probably be the last year that he and Brenda would visit the States.
When asked why he continued to come back to the lake year after year, Dr. Mallett said, “Most of us have special places where we are acutely aware of God’s presence. For me, as for many, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, is such a place. The setting is magnificent. The peacefulness of the lake and the surrounding majestic mountains speak powerfully of their Creator. Time and again we have been thrilled to hear the lordship of Christ affirmed and the challenge to Christian commitment presented.”
Mallett is survived by his wife, Brenda, two children and five grandchildren. The funeral will be Tuesday, September 14.