The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will begin its Summer Worship Series on June 19, 2011. The theme for this year’s series is “The World is My Parish,” a line attributed to John Wesley and boasts a lineup of highly acclaimed preachers from around the world. The Rev. Vance P. Ross, Deputy Secretary of The United Methodist Church’s Board of Discipleship (GBOD) in Nashville, Tenn., will serve as guest preacher.
“We are excited to have Rev. Ross kick off our Summer Worship Series,” said Dr. Jack Ewing, Executive Director of Lake Junaluska. “His responsibilities at the GBOD include fostering partnerships to extend the mission of The United Methodist Church. I cannot think of a better way to exemplify our theme.”
Ross is one of the most sought-after preachers in the United Methodist Church. A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, as Deputy General Secretary of the denomination's General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tenn., he oversees development of national and international resources and programming around Christian education, age-level ministries, evangelism and worship. Ross holds degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Gammon Theological Seminary, and is an ordained member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
This service, which is also the closing service for the Western North Carolina United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat, is supported by The Stockton Preaching Endowment, created in 2002 by Bishop Thomas B. and Jean S. Stockton to enable and foster outstanding preaching at Lake Junaluska.
This service will be held in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at 10:45 a.m. on June 19, 2011. All services are free and open to the public. For additional information on this service or any of the Summer Worship Series, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship, or contact Kimberly Jenne at 1-828-454-6752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is an agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian Hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.