Summer Worship Series lakeside worship service

Summer Worship Series and Theologian in Residence Program resumes June 25

June 2, 2023

The annual Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series will resume Sunday, June 25, with eight internationally known visiting theologians to share messages of hope and inspiration in outdoor, lakeside services.

Summer Worship Series services will begin at 9 a.m. on consecutive Sundays through Aug. 13 beneath a large, lakeside tent near Stuart Auditorium. Guest musicians will lead music. A limited amount of seating will be available, and attendees may bring their own chairs.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Lake Junaluska for a day, a weekend or a week to join us for worship, prayer and meaningful events with our esteemed group of visiting theologians,” said the Rev. Dan Martin, a retired Methodist minister serving as a coordinator for the Theologian in Residence Program.

The visiting theologians will serve as guest preachers at Summer Worship Series services:

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 – The Rev. Olujimi (Olu) Brown, lead pastor of Impact Church, a young congregation in Metropolitan Atlanta’s East Point community that has grown since its founding in 2007 from a core group of 25 people to more than 5,000 online viewers.

SUNDAY, JULY 2 – The Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker, visiting associate professor of religious education and mission innovation in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and former executive director of global mission connections at the General Board of Global Ministries.

SUNDAY, JULY 9 – The Rev. Magrey deVega, senior pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida, since July 2015 and former pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee, Iowa.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 – The Rev. Meredith Martin, vice president of programs at Crossnore Communities for Children in Avery County, North Carolina, where she leads the agency’s child welfare service lines and the implementation of its trauma-informed model of care.

SUNDAY, JULY 23 – The Rev. Dr. James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte since 2003 and author of 17 books, including “Yours are the Hands of Christ,” “Worshipful” and “Weak Enough to Lead.”

SUNDAY, JULY 30 – Information Coming Soon

SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – The Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, the Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies and associate dean for Wesleyan engagement at Duke University Divinity School, where she has taught for more than 20 years.

SUNDAY, AUG. 13 – The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and an associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School and former Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary.

In addition to serving as guest preachers at the Summer Worship Series services on Sundays, the visiting theologians will lead Monday-morning lakeside devotions and other experiences each week such as workshops, presentations and discussions.

Most events are free, and details are being finalized. Those interested in receiving information about the program can subscribe for updates on the Lake Junaluska website.

From July 17-19, Crossnore Communities for Children will partner with the Theologian in Residence Program to offer a three-day Trauma Resilient Communities Engagement Training. The workshop registration fee is $500.

The Summer Worship Series and the Theologian-in-Residence Program events are open to all and the Rev. Dan Martin encouraged everyone interested to come to Lake Junaluska to take part.

“In the Bible, every time somebody crosses a body of water they are different on the other side,” said Martin. “They have been changed spiritually. Another thing is, in the Bible, every time somebody is looking for God, they go to the mountain. Here we are, at Lake Junaluska, with a body of water to cross and a mountain to find God. Lake Junaluska is about lives transformed by Jesus Christ. Come and be transformed.”

For more information about the Summer Worship Series or Theologians In Residence program, visit

Lake Junaluska offers spiritual enrichment opportunities that will challenge your heart and mind and renew your soul. Events range from worship services, retreats and conferences to summer activities for the whole family.