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Rev. Grace Imathiu to preach at Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series


Rev. Grace Imathiu will be the guest preacher during the Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series in Stuart Auditorium Sunday, June 28. Lake Junaluska offers world class preachers each summer during its annual Summer Worship Series, which is scheduled for Sundays, June 14 through August 9.

Rev. Grace Imathiu is the lead pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, IL. She was born and raised in Kenya and has one brother and three sisters. Her father is a retired Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya and received the 2005 World Methodist Council Peace Award for confronting Idi Amin’s regime and South Africa’s apartheid system. Her mother, a retired teacher, is a Local Preacher and has served in many leadership roles in the church.

Grace was educated in Kenya, the USA (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee), the University of Cambridge, and spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was ordained in the Methodist Church in Kenya in 1988 and served six years in Kenya, and has since served in Washington, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Grace is married to writer and science photographer David Hay Jones. They have one son, Erik, and a dog named Jack.

Worship this week will be designed by Dr. Marcia McFee, internationally known worship leader and consultant. Dr. McFee designed worship for the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences and most recently planned worship for Music and Liturgical Arts Week at Lake Junaluska.

“The beauty of the Summer Worship Series is that it offers a variety of services and world-class speakers, preachers, and the Lake Junaluska Singers, Martin said.

Each Sunday during the Worship Series, adult Sunday School will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, followed by traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers. Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months old and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road.

Each Monday, a Taize Service Of Prayer And Song will be held at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize Community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, scripture, candlelight, and silence. “The Taize service offers space to slow down from our busy lives and spend time listening to God,” Martin said.

Guest preachers include The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, July 5; Dr. Lauren Winner, July 12; Bishop Richard Looney, July 19; Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, July 26; Bishop Thomas Bickerton, August 2; and Dr. Jody Seymour, August 9.

To find out more about the 2015 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, please visit


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