Opening Business at Annual Conference

Quilt-400Thursday afternoon, after the lunch break, the business sessions of Annual Conference began with the singing of “And Are We Yet Alive.”

We were welcomed by Jack Ewing, the Executive Director of Lake Junaluska who called the Western North Carolina Conference, “Easter Sunday at Lake Junaluska.”

Bishop Goodpaster and Rev. Kim Ingram led the conference through opening business that includes procedural matters, elections, a plan of organization and rules and the report of the Committee on Nominations.

This was followed by a report from Brett Loftis, the new CEO of The Children’s Home (See Video from The Crossnore School and The Children’s Home).

Carroll Harris, who works with Camping Ministries for the conference shared her update on camping ministries (Video shared on Thursday afternoon).

After the break, the conference heard a series of reports:

At the end of the afternoon session we were introduced to Dr. Elaine Heath who is the new Dean of Duke Divinity School.  She was a guest teacher at our 2013 Annual Conference.