Summer Worship Series at Montreat Conference Center

Montreat Conference Announces Summer Worship Series Lineup for 2019

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The Rev. Dr. Sharol Hayner will preach on Sunday, June 2.

One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited.

The 2019 Sunday series begins on June 2 with the Rev. Dr. Sharol Hayner as guest preacher. Dr. Hayner is an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister, and is a worshiping member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI. She previously served as associate pastor for discipleship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and parish associate at Kairos Church, both in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Hayner’s sermon is titled “Singing In the Dark” which draws on Acts 16:16-34 and Psalm 97.

Each Sunday worship service throughout the summer is planned by Montreat Conference Center’s worship committee, which includes the leadership of the Rev. Carol Steele, vice president for program;  the Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones, arts ministry director; Hannah Garrity, summer liturgical artist; and Eric Wall, conference center musician, among others.

The full lineup of preachers for the 2019 summer season includes:

June 2 – Rev. Dr. Sharol Hayner

June 9 – Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams

June 16 – Rev. Denise Anderson

June 23 – Rev. Tom Are

June 30 – Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson

July 7 – Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson

July 14 – Rev. Dr. Amy Butler

July 21 – Dr. Peter Enns

July 28 – Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill

August 4 – Rev. Dr. Steve P. Eason

All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat. Child care is available for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road.

As is the summer tradition, the community is invited to the lunch buffet at 11:45 am in the Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room following worship. Lunch tickets can be purchased at the Assembly Inn front desk.

For further information or to learn about other worship, educational, and recreational opportunities at Montreat, visit, or call 828.669.2911.