Annual Conference 2022

Mark your calendars for our much-anticipated return to Lake Junaluska for the
2022 Western NC Annual Conference!

Clergy Session - June 16, 2022
Annual Conference - June 17-19, 2022

The 2022 Western North Carolina Annual Conference meeting will be held at Lake Junaluska, June 16-19. To encourage social distancing and for the safety of all, only lay and clergy members of the annual conference will be allowed in Stuart Auditorium during the business sessions. While the conference will be livestreamed for at-home viewing, registration and full participation (including voting) will ONLY happen in person. Masks are encouraged at all times and may be required during worship due to an increased number of participants.


WNC clergy who are in full connection, provisional members, associate members, and local pastors are required to attend the Western North Carolina Annual Conference meeting, June 16-19, 2022. Annual Conference will be live-streamed for at-home viewing, but registration and full participation (including voting) is only possible in person.

If you are not able to attend in person, please request an excused absence.
You can make that request at this link.  

Clergy who are retired or are on leave of absence are automatically excused if they are not able to attend.

Thank you for your faithful ministry and leadership in the conference and the kingdom.


The Annual Conference meeting and worship services will be livestreamed on the annual conference webpage and can be viewed in various places around the Lake. That list of options will be made available in the program materials. Please note, however, registration and full participation (including voting) will ONLY happen in person. We trust your judgement to make the best decision for your health and for the well-being of one another.

We will closely monitor developments between now and the meeting in June and if anything changes, we will notify the annual conference lay and clergy members and put the information on the Conference webpage.


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Western North Carolina Candler Club

Western North Carolina Candler Club

6/18/2022
Western North Carolina Candler Club Dinner
Hood Theological Seminary Alumni and Prospective Student Dinner

Hood Theological Seminary Alumni and Prospective Student Dinner

6/16/2022
Hood Theological Seminary Annual Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner Thursday, June 16, 2022 Terrace Hotel (Room 319) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Must RSVP to Attend.
Hood Theological Seminary Celebrates its Twenty First Commencement

Hood Theological Seminary Celebrates its Twenty First Commencement

5/27/2022
Hood Theological Seminary celebrated its twenty first commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College. Family and friends gathered to support the 2022 graduating class of Hood Theological Seminary. The day was met with excitement, support, and enthusiasm for the graduates’ futures. Reverends Lara Musser Gritter and Josh Musser Gritter, Co-Senior Pastors of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, North Carolina were the 2022 Commencement Speakers.
Celebrating 2020, 2021, and 2022 Clergy!

Celebrating 2020, 2021, and 2022 Clergy!

5/25/2022
The Board of Ordained Ministry is hosting a carnival event to honor all new clergy from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 with a “Hats Off” celebration! Wear a fun hat as we come together to celebrate our new clergy colleagues!
Connect at Annual Conference

Connect at Annual Conference

5/25/2022
It's been 3 years since we've gathered together in-person at Lake Junaluska. Let's connect with colleagues and friends to celebrate! Thursday Morning, June 16, there will be several opportunities to connect in creation and experience the beauty in Lake Junaluska and the surrounding mountains. On Friday Evening, June 17, join with old friends and new friends for fun activities around the lake and in Waynesville. Visit www.connectatac.com for all the details and registration.
AC2022 Program and Reports Book now online!

AC2022 Program and Reports Book now online!

5/18/2022
The 2022 Annual Conference Program and Reports Book is available online. Clergy and Lay Members of the 2022 annual conference are invited to read about the ministries of the Western North Carolina Conference.
WNCC Clergy Spouse Social

WNCC Clergy Spouse Social

5/11/2022
The WNCC Clergy will meet during Annual Conference for a Social on Thursday, June16, 2022 from 3-5 pm in the Susan Todd Lounge (Harrell 201) in the Harrell Center. Light refreshments will be served. This will be a time of fun and fellowship, and rekindling friendships. Hope to see you there.
Advance Meals Purchasing

Advance Meals Purchasing

5/10/2022
Submit your request for Advanced Meals Purchases by May 26th to receive discounts and guarantee your AC22 meals.  Once submitted, please be patient as Lake Junaluska staff is responding to all requests.  They will call you to collect payment, in the order requests are received.
Means of Grace: An Update from the Just Compensation Task Force

Means of Grace: An Update from the Just Compensation Task Force

5/10/2022
In this episode, Dr. Bill White, Jr., Conference Director of Equity and Justice Ministries has a conversation with members of the Just Compensation Task Force for an update on their petition for Annual Conference. Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Norma Villagrana, Chair of the Order of Elders and Rev. Brandon Lazarus share about the status of equitable compensation and the learning and proposals from the Just Compensation Task Force. More information will be shared at www.wnccumc.org/ac2022 as Annual Conference approaches and you can contact Brandon Lazarus at blazarus@wnccumc.org.
Seeking Registration Volunteers!

Seeking Registration Volunteers!

5/10/2022
Please contact Marsha Patton if you are interested in joining the Registration Team in Terrace Auditorium as we register clergy and laity to AC22.
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