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Your Gifts at Work


We regularly talk about transformation through renewal of soul, mind, and body at Lake Junaluska. You make transformation possible. Because of your prayers, your time and your gifts, transformation takes place every second of every day at Lake Junaluska.

When you greet people as they walk the lake for the first time, you embody Christian hospitality. When you volunteer to transform a worn rocking chair into a thing of beauty with a simple coat of paint, you provide a family a place to sit and enjoy the majesty of the mountains. When you make a financial gift to Lake Junaluska, you enable thousands of people the opportunity to experience a worship service, step into a canoe and so much more.

We hope you will join us as we continue on a path of transformation. The future of Lake Junaluska is bursting with promise and we greatly value your ongoing support and partnership with our ministry. 

To make a donation by phone, please call the Office of Development at 828-454-6749 or toll free at 866-256-1079.

York Lakeside Dining Deck at Lake Junaluska

In March 2019, Lake Junaluska announced a leadership-level gift from High Point residents Ann and Vann York towards the youth dining facility renovation. Their gift took the overall total committed to the youth ministry revitalization in the previous 16 months to $1.5 million.

The Yorks met in the dining hall's cafeteria line in the summer of 1952 while attending a youth conference with their Methodist Church groups. The couple wed in 1953 and went on to raise their three children while building a successful automobile dealership. Active leaders of UMC youth ministries and community organizations, they continued their relationship with the lake through the years.

"It's a beautiful place that uplifts you – you just feel good after being there," said Ann.

The couple's gift to the facility stemmed from a discussion with lake executives around the potential addition of a deck overlooking the water.

“We thought the dining hall would be a wonderful place to give to, not only because it meant so much to us, but also because renovations and new programs can help to get more youth to come," said Ann.

Over the years, charitable gifts have allowed for countless improvements of the lake and grounds at Lake Junaluska. It is through the generosity of donors like the Yorks that projects like the new Lakeside Dining Deck are made possible. For more information on giving to Lake Junaluska, click here.

Meditation and Fishing Pier

Meditation and Fishing Pier at Lake Junaluska

A new meditation pier that extends over 40 feet into the water and seats up to eight peoplewas constructed at Lake Junaluska this spring. The pier, located along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail on the south end of the Memorial Chapel parking lot, provides a place for meditation and reflection with incredible lake views.

Funding for this new pier was given in memory of Erle and Mary Peacock, former summer residents of Lake Junaluska, by their family. The Peacock family has a history with the lake that spans back to its creation, as Erle is a descendant of A.E. Ward, who owned one of the three farms that originally occupied the Richland Creek Valley before the lake was built.

Erle and Mary Peacock were involved in the community at Lake Junaluska, serving as the grand marshals for the 2008 Independence Day Parade. They also established an endowment for the maintenance of the tennis courts at the lake. Mary Peacock served as a United Methodist minister and Erle Peacock worked in education, medicine and law throughout his career. Erle Peacock was an avid fisherman and could often be seen fishing during the time he spent at Lake Junaluska.

After Erle and Mary’s deaths, in 2012 and 2017, respectively, their family decided to commemorate the couple’s love for Lake Junaluska – and Erle’s passion for fishing – by giving in their memory to build a new pier for meditating, fishing and viewing the vistas of the lake and mountains. 

“Erle and Mary Peacock loved spending time at Lake Junaluska, and this new pier is the ideal way to honor their memory and their contribution to the community,” said Ken Howle, director of advancement for Lake Junaluska. “We look forward to the addition of the pier and appreciate the generosity of the Peacock family for making this possible.”

Charitable gifts have allowed for countless improvements of the lake and grounds at Lake Junaluska. It is through the generosity of donors that projects like the new meditation pier are made possible. For more information on giving to Lake Junaluska, click here.


Renovated Labyrinth at Lake Junaluska Offers Place for Centering and Meditation

In an increasingly busy world, walking a prayer and meditation labyrinth can be a powerful way to quiet distractions and center your mind.

The outdoor labyrinth at Lake Junaluska has long been a place where people go to seek spiritual renewal. Recent renovations have improved the appearance and functionality of the labyrinth and ensured that it will endure for generations to come.

Labyrinths are used by many cultures and religious traditions for walking meditation or paths of prayer. Christians began using labyrinths in the Middle Ages as a physical metaphor for going on a transformational spiritual journey to the heart of God through Jesus Christ.

Anyone is welcome to use the labyrinth at Lake Junaluska. It is located in the lawn beside Memorial Chapel, near the lakeshore and along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. Users follow a winding path that is level to the ground to the center and back out.

The Lake Junaluska labyrinth was originally built in 2001. It was made possible by Jimmy Carr, former executive director of Lake Junaluska, and his wife Joy, who wanted to create a sacred space for spiritual transformation. Over time, the dirt path, which was sunken below the level of the grass, began to deteriorate, and it became clear that updates to the labyrinth were needed. The original path of the labyrinth remains the same, now with a sturdy base of crushed stone and concrete in which specially cut Tennessee Flagstone was set. The path is level with the grass.

The refurbishment was completely funded through the generous gifts of multiple donors. Charitable giving is vital to the sustainability and improvement of the lake and grounds at Lake Junaluska. For more information on giving, visit