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Lake Junaluska Youth Events

June 11–14, 2015

Celia Whitler

Celia Whitler (Event Speaker) is a singer, songwriter, author, speaker, friend, wife and mom. She enjoys a good laugh, a well told story, connecting with people through her music and through travels. "When it comes down to it, there is something really sacred about telling our story and about hearing each others stories. I just happen to do that through song." Celia holds degrees in Christian Education and Elementary Education from Centenary College of Louisiana. Celia lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Ronand two children, Max and Zach.

Abbye West Pates

Abbye West Pates (Worship Leader) is returning for her second summer in leadership at Lake Junaluska.  She is a worship leader from Memphis, TN. Originally from south Mississippi, she spent her summers at Lake Junaluska with her youth group. She's excited to be here for her first summer, leading others in worship, with her husband Jeff. Both in performing originals and as a worship leader, she has a passion for the work of hospitality, that even in leading others, she helps set the tone for inviting others into a participatory work. Abbye and Jeff live in community, where they grow their own food, cook lots of meals, and find joy in opening their home for their friends and neighbors. You can find her original songs at