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Easter at Lake Junaluska

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunrise Service

April 4, 2021, 7 a.m.

Celebrate Easter with a powerful outdoor Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross. Join us in person or online on Facebook for this special event. A brass quintet will provide music, and the speaker will be the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for cool mountain morning temperatures, and are asked to bring masks and observe social distancing. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Memorial Chapel. Check this website for any announcements about a possible change in location. 

(Photo by Robert Ludlow)

Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell

The Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell serves as adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She teaches the practical aspects of worship and preaching, the practical aspects of pastoral leadership, and the formation of Christian leaders in an increasingly interfaith world.

Previously, as Canon Precentor of Washington National Cathedral, Rev. Campbell directed all services of worship in this national church. Canon Campbell broke barriers both ecumenically and in the interfaith community in her time at the Cathedral; inviting Muslims to pray their Friday Ju’muah prayers in the Cathedral nave, a service that drew international attention; and receiving national attention as the first non-Episcopalian to lead the Cathedral’s worship department and presiding over Sunday services of Holy Eucharist. 

As adjunct faculty at the Center for Family Process in Bethesda, Maryland; Rev. Campbell brings a deep understanding of and appreciation for the family systems thinking of Murray Bowen and Edwin Friedman to her ministry; making her own unique contributions to thinking about the special challenges and unique possibilities of leading a congregation.

Rev. Campbell’s colleagues and students point to her gifts: clear, accessible preaching that speaks to the intersection of Scripture and daily life, one who comes alive teaching liturgy and unfailingly presses for deeper appreciations of our traditions even as we seek to make them live today, a gifted writer of public prayer,  dynamic and energetic and at the same time a calm presence, a challenging and supportive teacher, a capable companion for spiritual exploration and discovery.

An ordained United Methodist clergywoman and member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference, Rev. Campbell received her education at Duke University and The Candler School of Theology of Emory University.  Rev. Campbell and her husband, Arch Campbell, a broadcaster, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Rev Gina Gilland Campbell
Dining at Lake Junaluska

Dine at Lake Junaluska

Join us at the Lakeside Bistro for a special meal this Easter! A contactless Easter Breakfast Buffet will be offered from 7:30-10 a.m. for $32 per adult, $16 per child age 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and younger. The menu features crustless quiche, Southern chicken and Belgian waffles, carved honey glazed ham, French toast with fresh fruit toppings, Applewood smoked bacon, sausage, Southern biscuits and gravy, and homestyle grits. Enjoy an egg station with a variety of fresh toppings, bagels, pastries and breads with a variety of spreads and gourmet cream cheeses and fresh-cut fruit with Greek yogurt and toppings. Beverages include coffee, hot tea, orange juice, apple juice, milk, lemonade, and sweet and unsweetened tea. Reservations required. Call 828-454-6662.

The Lakeside Bistro will then reopen at 11 a.m. and be open until 5 p.m. with our regular menu of modern Southern cuisine and special Sunday brunch items.

Located on the third floor of The Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska, the Lakeside Bistro offers casual indoor dining within the spacious restaurant and scenic outdoor dining on the patio overlooking the lake. The expansive dining room offers ample room for social distancing, and outdoor heaters enhance patio dining in cool weather. Curbside carryout and to-go orders are also available. Just stop by, call in or order online! For more information, visit or call 828-454-6662.

Stay at Lake Junaluska

Enjoy an Easter getaway at The Terrace Hotel, which features lakeside accommodations and the perfect place to relax in a rocking chair on a balcony overlooking the lake and mountains. Also check out  Lake Junaluska Vacation Rentals. Click here to check availability and make a reservation. 

Due to health and safety concerns, Lake Junaluska will not host Easter egg hunts this year and the Lake Junaluska Friends of the Lake 5K, previously held during Easter weekend, will take place Saturday, Sept. 4.