Rev. Dr. Beeson to speak July 20

By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell | Jul 14, 2014
Photo by: The Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson

The Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series continues with the Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson, who will speak at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 20, at Lake Junaluska Assembly, located at 91 N. Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska.

Beeson, the Foundation for Evangelism’s 2013 Distinguished Evangelist, has been the lead pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, since its creation in 1986. Beeson holds a B.S. from Ball State University, an Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and a Doctor of Ministry in leadership development from United Theological Seminary in Ohio.

Beeson has been a regular speaker for Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Church Conference where he delivered the keynote address to more than 4,500 global pastors participating in the event. Beeson has also provided leadership and training programs for events sponsored by nationally known author and church development consultant John Vaughn. He also inspires, informs, motivates and equips other church leaders to creatively and effectively bring the hope of Jesus to a hurting world, through Granger Community Church sponsored events.

Each Sunday during the series, Holy Communion will be offered at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel, followed by an adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, and traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in the historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers.

Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, located at 21 Shackford Hall Road.

Each Monday, a Taize Service of Prayer and Song will be held at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, Scripture, candlelight and silence.

Other guest preachers include:

— July 20, the Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson

— July 27, the Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell

— Aug. 3, Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble

— Aug. 10, Fred Bahnson

To find out more about the 2014 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, visit, or call 800-222-4930.

Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville.