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Lake Junaluska Assembly Names New Executive Director


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Dr. John “Jack” L. Ewing, Jr. has been named the new Executive Director of Lake Junaluska Assembly Inc.  Dr. Ewing will begin his new duties on January 1st, 2011, and fills a position that is being vacated by the retirement of Rev. Jimmy L. Carr.  Ewing currently serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Evangelism, which is also based at Lake Junaluska, NC. 

“The entire Board of Directors is excited about the future and believes that Jack brings a passion for Lake Junaluska and a background of success that will move us forward in the future,” commented Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Board Chairperson for Lake Junaluska Assembly.  “We are also appreciative of the work of Jimmy Carr over the past 11 years.  We know that Jack will be able to build on the work Jimmy has begun.”

Dr. Ewing comes from a family of United Methodist pastors. His father, maternal grandfather, father-in-law, grandfather-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter, and son-in-law were or are United Methodist ministers. He has degrees from Asbury College (1974), the University of Kentucky (1975), and the University of Minnesota (1982). Ewing has served on the faculty of his alma mater and South Dakota State University. He also served as president of two United Methodist institutions of higher education: Dakota Wesleyan University (1994-2000) and Mount Union College (2000-2005).

 “I am excited about the opportunity to build on the good work of those that have gone before me.  Lake Junaluska is a special place, and together we will make it an even more special place for many more people,” said Ewing during a presentation to the Lake Junaluska Board of Directors.

Service to the United Methodist Church has been an important part of Jack's life. He and his wife Cynthia have been active in their local congregations in every community in which they lived, often taking on significant leadership roles. Jack has served as a delegate to annual conferences on many occasions, and has been elected as a delegate to both Jurisdictional Conferences (1996 & 2000) and General Conference (2000). His presidential colleagues recognized his leadership ability by selecting him as the President of the United Methodist College and University Presidents Association for 2003-04.

Since 1913, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has been the home of thousands of enriching events and worship services. Each year, over 150,000 people experience Lake Junaluska through United Methodist ministry programs, church retreats, Annual Conferences and countless other events and conferences. Lake Junaluska also serves as an exceptional vacation destination, offering cottages, hotel rooms and apartments. With lodging and activities that can accommodate groups of all sizes and budgets, Lake Junaluska is an ideal base for local exploration and adventure. 

More information about Lake Junaluska is available at

Contact: Stephanie Drum

Communications Specialist

Office: 828 454-6730




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