The Clergy Health Institute at Lake Junaluska

Clergy members often lack the time or ability to properly manage their personal health and fitness needs, frequently leading to compromised physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Pfeiffer University, Agapé Senior and Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center have combined resources, expertise and knowledge to introduce the Clergy Health Institute at Lake Junaluska, a pilot program to enhance clergy health.

What is the Clergy Health Institute?
A year-long program designed to address health and wellness needs among clergy of the United Methodist denomination. It includes:

  • 10-night retreat at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains for 12-15 clergy members to come together for spiritual enrichment, leadership development and renewal.
  • Program runs from July 28-Aug.6 (Deadline: June 27).
  • Sessions on improving nutrition and eating behaviors, food shopping and preparation, stress management, occupational relationships, family and social relationships, emotional wellness and physical fitness.
  • Fitness assessments and guided exercise sessions at the Pfeiffer University-AgapĂ© Senior Fitness and Wellness Center.    
  • Monthly follow-up sessions; quarterly on-campus sessions (Pfeiffer/Misenheimer campus); certificate ceremony at conclusion of year-long program (Pfeiffer/Charlotte campus).

Vinson Sutlive resizedProgram Director

Dr. Vinson Sutlive, chair and professor, department of exercise science, Pfeiffer University, (704) 463-3324,

Fees and Scholarship Assistance
Participation for the year-long experience is $2,700. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified participants.

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