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:
- Report from the 2016 General Conference (see PowerPoint Presentation and Video Wrap Up– Video from GC4J)
- Report on Healthy Conversations (PowerPoint Presentation)
- Report on C4C and Schools Initiative (Video and PowerPoint)
- Mission Engagement Team Report (Missional Offering Video #1)
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.