Constitutional Amendments Reporting

July 26, 2017

“How did the votes tally on the constitutional amendments from annual conference?” The short answer: Unfortunately, the answer is, respectfully, we are not to release the result(s), until a cumulative total is available.  Which won’t be until after all annual conferences have met and submitted their votes, and the Council… Read more

Order your 2017 Conference Journal

July 5, 2017

2017 CONFERENCE JOURNAL USB DRIVE ORDER FORM The USB drive will consist of the following information: The 2017 Western North Carolina Conference Journal All of the Conference Journals since 2007 Please submit this form with payment by July 31, 2017 to: WNCC Conference Secretary 2017 Journal Order PO Box 18005… Read more

Videos from Annual Conference

June 29, 2017

Below are a couple of videos to share with your congregation from AC2017: Read more

Lost and Found Items at AC2017

June 28, 2017

Lost & Found items from Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska are being held at the Conference Secretary’s office.  To claim an item, please contact Marsha Bradley, or (704) 535-2260 x122.   Read more

Annual Conference Report sent to UM News Service

June 28, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference met June 23-25, 2017 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Presiding over the conference was Bishop Paul L. Leeland, resident bishop of the Charlotte Area. The theme for the conference was: Go and Baptize the World (Matthew 28:16-20). Guest preachers… Read more

Annual Conference Offerings Report

June 26, 2017

During the 2017 Annual Conference, there were two special offerings, one on Friday and the other on Sunday. (see description of the offerings) The offering at Opening Worship was taken for the Central Conference Theological Education Fund.  The total offering was $16,702 dollars.  David Johnston, a member at West Market Street… Read more

Ordination Service- A Reflection

June 26, 2017

By Drew McIntyre We began this week with the entire Conference reaffirming our baptism.  This theme carried throughout our days of worship, recognitions, business, and fellowship, and was reiterated in the ordination service Saturday evening.  At the beginning, Bishop Leeland called on all present to remember their baptism once more,… Read more

Closing Worship

June 26, 2017

Closing worship on Sunday morning at Lake Junaluska included the music from the Junaluska Singers, Bishop Paul Leeland, preaching, and Holy Communion. At the close of worship, the 2017-18 clergy appointments were fixed, and the clergy and laity of the Western North Carolina were sent forth to make disciples for… Read more

2017-18 Clergy Appointments

June 25, 2017

Below you will find the appointment list that was “fixed” by Bishop Paul L. Leeland at closing worship on June 25, 2017.   If you find an error in this list that needs to be corrected, please contact your district office. 2017-18  Western North Carolina Conference Appointment List Over the… Read more

Media from Ordination Service

June 24, 2017

Order of Worship for the Ordination of Deacons and Elders- (pp. 33-39 in the 2017 Worship Book)   Bishop Lawson preaches “When the Wine Runs Out”     Read more

Saturday Afternoon Business

June 24, 2017

It was full afternoon on Saturday. After the lunch break, there were two plenary sessions that included the following items: Report of the Episcopacy Committee- Wanda Musgraves, chair of the committee, shared her report with the conference and welcomed Bishop Leeland to his first Annual Conference in Western North Carolina.  She… Read more

Celebration of Life Service

June 24, 2017

Service for the Celebration of Life Celebration of Life Slideshow from The United Methodist Church   Memoirs of the Honored Dead   Sermon by Rev. Donald Jenkins- “Swept Away” Read more

Saturday Morning Business

June 24, 2017

Annual Meeting of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Foundation Presentation from The United Methodist Church Report on the Conference Council on Finance and Administration- (Supplement p.18-24) 2018 Budget as found on Supplement p. 22-24 was passed without debate. Church Legacy Initiative Report (This report… Read more

Media from Commissioning Service

June 23, 2017

The service for Commissioning is found in the 2017 Worship Book (pp. 12-15) Sermon by Bishop Lawson Bryan- The Great Discovery   Read more

Commissioning Sermon- Bishop Lawson Bryan

June 23, 2017

(Please note this is from a preaching manuscript that Bishop Bryan prepared for the evening–and is more outline and not an a transcription) THE GREAT DISCOVERY GENESIS 28:10-18 10JACOB LEFT BEER-SHEBA AND WENT TOWARD HARAN. 11HE CAME TO A CERTAIN PLACE AND STAYED THERE FOR THE NIGHT, BECAUSE THE SUN HAD… Read more

Retiree Recognition Service

June 23, 2017

The retiree recognition of retirees took place at 3:30 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2017. The 2017 class of retirees was one of the largest in the history of the conference. Dr. Sandy Giles gave the address from the retiring class, and Rev. Sarah Howell gave the address from the… Read more

Opening Worship- “Remember Your Baptism”

June 23, 2017

By Drew McIntyre There is no life without water.  This is as true for our physical natures as it is for our spiritual lives.  Whether as infants or as adults, the doorway to the church is this mysterious Spirit-blessed water that transforms people into disciples, strangers into family, and individuals… Read more

Media from Thursday at AC2017

June 23, 2017

Announcement File 2017 from The United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History 2017 (revised) from The United Methodist Church   Read more

Clergy Session kicks off AC2017

June 23, 2017

The major item on the agenda for Thursday, June 22nd was the Clergy Session held at 3:00 PM in Stuart Auditorium. With an estimate of about 1000 clergy in attendance, we kicked off the 49th executive session sine the uniting conference in 1968. Bishop Paul L. Leeland presided over his… Read more

Lake Junaluska bridge over dam is closed

June 19, 2017

As of the fall of 2016, the bridge over the dam at Lake Junaluska has been closed to vehicle traffic. You can read the press release here: Bridge over Lake Junaluska dam closed to vehicle traffic You can access Lake Junaluska facilities through the main entrance on Highway 19, or… Read more

Gordon-Conwell Alumni Gathering is June 24

June 7, 2017

Gordon-Conwell alumni, spouses, and prospective students are invited to attend an Alumni Connect Luncheon on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 12:15 to 1:30pm. This event will take place at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center: The Terrace, Room T-316, 689 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, N.C. 28745. There is no… Read more

Young Adult Gathering at Annual Conference

May 31, 2017

Gathering of Young Adult Laity (ages 18-40) at Annual Conference Saturday, June 24 at 12:15 p.m. Terrace Hotel room 319 Get your lunch at the food court/Terrace dining room, or bring a bagged lunch with you, and meet annual conference leaders for a time of conversation and fellowship.   Read more

Fresh Expressions at Annual Conference

May 31, 2017

Have you heard about Fresh Expressions but you’re not sure what they actually look like? Join the Conference Vitality Team to experience a fresh expression of church at Annual Conference. Fresh expressions are contextual Christian churches formed among those who are not yet members of any church.  Spots are limited… Read more

Program and Reports Booklet available

May 22, 2017

2017 PROGRAM AND REPORTS BOOKLET This year’s issue of Program and Reports is 107 pages. The Supplement to this publication will be posted online nearer Annual Conference and distributed in print form at registration. It will have the  information needed to conduct business and to find your way at conference. In addition, all of the… Read more

Pfeiffer Lunch is June 23

May 17, 2017

  Advanced registration and payment required by Friday, June 9: For more information, contact or (704) 463-3034 Read more

New Conference Center Proposal Video

May 17, 2017

Above you will find a video with a discussion of the Trustees proposal for a new conference center from a number of voices within the Western North Carolina Conference.   The proposal will be brought before the 2017 Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska in June.  The proposed timing for the… Read more

Taylor to deliver the Laity Address

May 17, 2017

Ms. Linda Ollis Taylor will deliver the Laity Address to the 2017 WNC Annual Conference on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Stuart Auditorium of the Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center. The address, entitled “Living the Call of Baptism to Grow in Faith and Make Disciples”… Read more

Hood Seminary Dinner and Fellowship is June 24th

May 16, 2017

Hood Theological Seminary UMC Alumni, Students and Prospective Students are cordially invited for Dinner and Fellowship  During the Western North Carolina UMC Annual Conference Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the Foundation for Evangelism 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 Please RSVP by Friday, June… Read more

Women in Ministry Breakfast is June 23rd

May 15, 2017

You’re invited to…the 2017 Annual Women in Ministry Breakfast on Friday, June 23rd at 8 am at the Foundation for Evangelism, 125 N. Lakeshore Dr. Invite someone new to join us! Special Guest: Bishop Paul Leeland Cost: $ 12.00 / adult breakfast $ 20.00 Dues $   5.00 for children and… Read more

Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Lunch is June 22

May 8, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Annual Conference Meeting Please join us as we gather together on Thursday, June 22 at 11:00 am for our Annual Meeting at The Foundation of Evangelism, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive on the grounds of Lake Junaluska We will… Read more

Emory Club 5K open for registration

May 4, 2017

The 5th Annual Emory Club 5k at Lake Junaluska will be the Thursday of Annual Conference, June 22nd. This year will be a evening “glow” run/walk which begins at 8pm!  Awards will be given for those who finish with the fastest time but also those with the best glow themed costume!  A fun… Read more

Follow-up to the New Conference Center Proposal

April 19, 2017

  As reported on March 27th, the Conference Board of Trustees, with endorsement from Bishop Paul Leeland and the WNCC Cabinet, will be proposing to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference the construction of a new conference office building and if approved by the conference, construction beginning this year.  … Read more

Applications for 2017 Denman Awards are open

April 5, 2017

The  Western North Carolina Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. (Download bulletin inserts for local churches) The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of… Read more

Conference Trustees propose new conference center for 2018

March 27, 2017

The Conference Board of Trustees, with endorsement from Bishop Paul Leeland and the WNCC Cabinet, will be proposing to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference the construction of a new conference office building, with construction beginning this year. Bob Wilhoit, chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “With this new… Read more

Laity Address- 2017

March 6, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference Board on Laity announces The LAITY ADDRESS at the 2017Annual Conference Laity Address Topic: “Living the call of baptism to grow in faith and make Disciples ” Any United Methodist interested in presenting a 10 to12 minute address on this year’s Laity Address Topic at… Read more

Petitions to the 2017 Annual Conference Meeting

February 24, 2017

Persons or groups who want to submit a petition to the 2017 Western North Carolina Conference Annual Meeting will need to do so by  April 1, 2017. Please send it to Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary at The petition should be in a Word file. Formatting can be found in… Read more

Childcare at Annual Conference

February 20, 2017

2017 WNC Annual Conference June 22-25, 2017 CHILDCARE REGISTRATION FORM – Due May 15th Deadline is now May 26th Children ages 6 months TO RISING 6th grade Lake Junaluska is providing childcare specifically for the WNC Annual Conference. Lake Junaluska will not offer Summer Day Camp this year, therefore, pre-registration… Read more

AC2017 Display applications will be received until April 14th

February 15, 2017

Applications for Annual Conference Displays are being received now and until April 14, 2016. Download (and read) the instructions for 2017 Displays before filling out the application. Purpose of Conference Displays Displays connect conference members to groups who have information to share about their ministry. Displays are provided to encourage… Read more

Anniversary Celebrations at Annual Conference

February 8, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference Commission on Archives and History will continue their tradition of recognizing all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversary during 2017 during Annual Conference in several ways. If your church is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact James L. Pyatt, Archival… Read more

Online Housing Request Form

February 1, 2017

In order to request housing in one of the Junaluska-owned facilities (not including the cottages), you will submit a Housing Request Form online between Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To make the request, complete the on-line form (see link below) available at Once all of the reservation… Read more

Annual Conference Mailing (January 2017)

January 26, 2017

      TO:  MEMBERS OF THE 2017 WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE                                          January 16, 2017 We are looking forward to welcoming you to Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska for the June 23-25, 2017 session of the Western North Carolina Conference! Enclosed is information for your use in making lodging reservations. … Read more

AC2017 Dates and Schedule

January 1, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference has scheduled the 2017 Annual Conference for Friday, June 23 (10:30 am)- Sunday, June 25 (noon), 2017 [Clergy Session will be Thursday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm] at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center There will be sessions all day Friday and all day Saturday.… Read more