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Lake Junaluska to hold Summer Youth Retreats for Youth Groups


Each year, Christian youth from many denominations travel to Lake Junaluska from across the Southeast for world-class speakers, entertainment, spiritual growth and fun.

Middle school and high school youth groups may sign up for one of five multi-day events to be held in June and July. Each event features morning and evening worship sessions as well as small spiritual growth groups, a spiritual practice workshop and evening prayer. New to the event lineup this year is Mission Week in which groups participate in 2.5 days of mission work.

The theme for the 2020 Summer Youth Events is centered on John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit."

"We're excited for our summer youth participants to grow closer to God as they explore the stages of spiritual nourishment," said Director of Youth Programming Wilson Booth. "Supported by our speakers, worship bands and small groups, the youth will root themselves in Scripture and blossom in their service to Christ."

The Mission Week event features the Rev. Andy Lambert, senior pastor at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. Lambert has proclaimed the Gospel across the United States and abroad at such venues as comedy clubs, churches and colleges.

The first event will bring to Lake Junaluska the Rev. Juan Huertas, pastor of Houma First UMC in Houma, Louisiana, and a contributor to Ministry Matters and

During the second event, the guest speaker will be Charlie Conder, an Orange Student Specialist who coaches youth pastors on maximizing the Orange strategy in their ministries.

Speaking at the third event will be the Rev. Jason C. Stanley, Coordinator of Church Revitalization for the UMC Virginia Conference Elizabeth River District and a long-time youth and children's minister.

The closing summer youth event will feature Justin Warner, associate service programming director at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. His love for God and the local church has led him to leverage creativity to bring the Gospel to students and adults.

"Each one of these gifted speakers has spent time building their roots in Scripture, and they are passionate about serving youth with a message fed by the Word," said Booth.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a $100 discount when the group is registered by April 8, 2020.

More information about speakers, bands and entertainers is available online at To register, call 800-222-4930 or visit

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit


Mission Week Event: June 14-18 – Rev. Andy Lambert with worship band Jimmy Atkins

Event 1: June 18-21 – Rev. Juan Huertas with worship band Jimmy Atkins

Event 2: June 23-27 – Charlie Conder with worship band Jimmy Atkins

Event 3: July 10-13 – Rev. Jason C. Stanley with worship leader Abbye West Pates

Event 4: July 15-19 – Justin Warner with worship leader Abbye West Pates


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