Summer Worship Series at Montreat Conference Center

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson to Preach at Montreat Conference Center on July 7

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson will preach on Sunday, July 7

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, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited.

The 2019 Sunday series continues on July 7 with the Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson as guest preacher. Dr. Johnson is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in neighboring Asheville, NC. Prior to his call to Asheville, he served as pastor of Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, NJ, and as adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary in the area of preaching, speech communication, and worship. Dr. Johnson’s sermon is titled “Deep in the Muddy Water” which draws on 2 Kings 5:1-15 and Luke 10:1-11 and 16-20.

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; Eric Wall, conference center musician; Andrew Frazier, liturgy writer; and Alexandra Mauney and Brendan McLean, summer ministry interns.

The series continues on the following dates:

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.